Yankees Prospect Profile: Andrew Brackman

The New York Yankees considered themselves fortunate when they drafted the 6’10″ right-handed pitcher Andrew Brackman in the first round of the 2007 draft. He was expected to go much higher, but injury concerns caused him to fall to 30th overall.

He immediately had elbow surgery and didn’t pitch until 2009 in Low-A. That season he went 2-12 with an unimpressive 5.91 ERA. What the Yankees did see from him that year was a strong second half pitching out of the bullpen.

That gave them faith that they might still have a prospect in Brackman, but lead them to question whether he would be a starter or a reliever. They stuck with him in the rotation to start 2010 anyway and the move paid off.

Starting off with the High-A Tampa Yankees he wasn’t pitching deep into games and his ERA wasn’t exactly where they wanted it, but the Yankees looked past that. His left on base percentage was up, a sign of bad luck, and more importantly his walk rate was way down. His walk rate was 6.41 BB/9 in 2009, a totally unreasonable number, but with the Tampa Yankees it dropped to an impressive 1.35.

So after 12 games he received a promotion to Double-A Trenton. There he experienced a slight adjustment period. Overall his numbers in Double-A were good though, in 80.2 innings he had a 2.90 ERA, but his strikeout rate dropped and his walk rate increased to 3.35 BB/9.

What was important though is that after his adjustment period he finished the season very strong. In five games in August he had a 1.35 ERA with 21 strikeouts in 26.2 innings. His 10 walks during the month were a little bit troubling though. That’s two consecutive years in a row he finished off the season very strong.

Still not quite 25-years-old, 2011 will be a big year for Brackman. He could potentially start the season in Triple-A Scranton. The Yankees will try not to rush him, but if he can dominate at that level it will be hard for them not to give him a shot at the majors. He also is already on the 40-man roster making it easier for the Yankees to call him up. At the very least he should be a September call-up.

Here are his minor league stats:

Year Age Lev W L ERA G IP WHIP H/9 HR/9 BB/9 SO/9
2009 23 A 2 12 5.91 29 106.2 1.706 8.9 0.7 6.4 8.7
2010 24 AA-A+ 10 11 3.90 27 140.2 1.301 9.2 0.5 2.5 8.1
2010 24 A+ 5 4 5.10 12 60.0 1.267 10.0 0.8 1.4 8.4
2010 24 AA 5 7 3.01 15 80.2 1.326 8.6 0.3 3.3 7.8
2 Seasons 12 23 4.77 56 247.1 1.476 9.1 0.6 4.2 8.3
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 11/17/2010.
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6 Responses to Yankees Prospect Profile: Andrew Brackman

  1. david k. says:

    The thing that scares you about these tall pitchers is that they just don't have good control. Or it takes them forever to learn how to throw strikes so that they're 30 yrs old by then. I don't like the trend in the major leagues the last 20 years or so of drafting taller and taller pitchers. Sure, height and reach help you throw harder with less effort. But there have been many smaller guys who were great and who threw hard. Pedro Martinez for one. Tim Lincecum is reportedly only 5'10", although he doesn't throw that hard. The converse side is that a smaller guy should have better control too. So I don't understand why everyone, and especially the Yankees of late, seem obsessed with drafting tall pitchers. Scouts and GMs should worry less about size/height and look for guys who throw strikes with nasty stuff, even if they are small.

  2. CC Sabathia is only 3 inches shorter and has no problem throwing strikes. Brackman had a 2.5 BB/9 rate which is impressive.

    The Yankees go for the small pitchers too. Good examples are David Robertson, Manny Banuelos, and Mikey O'Brien.

  3. Tanned Tom says:

    Will someone please tell Cashman not to trade anymore young pitchers? The Granderson deal was a complete turd. We could've used Kennedy's 194 innings with a 3.80 ERA this year.

  4. The Granderson deal was good as far as I'm concerned. Ian Kennedy would not have done what he did in the AL. Think at least a 4.80 ERA instead. Also, Ajax is basically Granderson lite. Michael Dunn and Phil Coke are no big losses.

  5. cyril morley says:

    The yankee can jeter give 3 yrs, give him extra year to start work in the organiztion or front office.

    Please Mr.Cashman dont trade no more of our young pitchers!

    Please take a look at these players, Zack Duke-sp and Delwyn Young-of.

    2011 SP. Sabathia, Hughes, Lee, Burnett and Pettitte. A-Plan

    Sabathia, Hughes, Lee, Batances and Banuelos. B-Plan

    Other major team useing there young players, tell us use a mix of young and old.