Brackman Promoted to Double-A

According to Josh Norris of the Trentonian, the Yankees have promoted their 2007 1st round draft pick RHP Andrew Brackman to Double-A Trenton and he will start tonight.

I’ve written about Brackman recently as he seems to have turned a corner in his development. He’s pitched in 12 games this season with a 5-4 record and a 5.10 ERA, but he has pitched better as the season has progressed to the point of domination at High-A Tampa. His last start was actually a rough one, but before that he had won five times in six games and recently struck out 11 in six innings.

Brackman is actually on a major league contract and on the 40-man roster so the Yankees could be aggressive with his development. I initially thought that he wouldn’t sniff the majors until 2012, but a month ago it was hard to imagine him being promoted to Double-A so soon.

With this promotion it is possible that he could be in the majors at some point next year. How soon exactly that will be is going to be determined by how quickly he adjusts to Double-A hitters. At this point I wouldn’t rule out another promotion this season, but it is unlikely. If he gets that promotion than Brackman could be a possibility for a mid-season call-up next year.

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6 Responses to Brackman Promoted to Double-A

  1. MJ says:

    i hope he does well. our farm system can use some excitement between him and Betance

  2. dutchsailor says:

    I saw Brackman at Trenton last night, and was somewhat impressed. First couple innings he looked a little stiff, and there wasn’t much movement on his pitches, allowing 3 hits in the first, and a homerun in the 2nd. But he settled down, and was actually able to pitch out of a bases loaded, one out situation, with which I was impressed. First game in a new system it would have been so easy for him to buckle under pressure. But he really handled himself very well.

    I’m rooting for him (and Betance) as I’ve said before.

  3. dutchsailor says:

    By the way, New Hamshire was not an easy start. Their lineup is loaded.

  4. Mike S. says:

    Good to see 17 year old Gary Sanchez kicking butt so far.

  5. dutchsailor says:

    I know this sounds crazy, but I would love to see Sanchez moved up to Staten Island. Aside from the selfish reason of being able to see him play, I think they ought to give Taveras a chance to play regularly at the Gulf Coast level. He proved himself last year at DSL, and he has done well with the opportunities he has had playing along side Sanchez. Arcia has done okay so far at Staten Island, but I don’t know whether he has the ability to play well long term.

  6. I really don't expect Sanchez in SI. Mostly because at 17 he would be by far and away the youngest player in the league and because the Yankees like to move catchers up and down on a year-to-year basis. That means that even if he were 19 or 20 he wouldn't be likely to move.