Andrew Brackman impressed manager Joe Girardi this afternoon during a session of throwing batting practice. He said the prospect’s command and delivery looked much improved from last season. The 6-foot-10 righty couldn’t have picked a better forum, with the team’s top baseball officials all looking on. Justin Maxwell, the former Nationals outfielder, faced Brackman during the session. He, too, came away impressed by the right-hander’s command.
It’s hard to see Brackman winning a job, although it is not impossible. He’s 25-years-old and physically ready for a big league job, but there is some idea that he still needs to work on his changeup to prove he’s ready.
There is also the fact that he’s at a disadvantage to the veterans. It’s not that the Yankees would necessarily go with Garcia and Colon just for their names, but both pitchers would become free agents if they don’t make the team. So just to increase their options the Yankees might be more willing to at least give them a shot on the roster. That way they could always have the other pitchers to fall back on.
The way I see it working out is that Nova gets the no. 4 spot and one of the veterans, Garcia or Colon will get the no. 5 spot. Then they’ll try to stick with that as long as possible before maybe trying Mitre or the prospect who is pitching the best at that point in the rotation down the road.
Though if Brackman proves that he’s the best option available, they’ll go with him. There are just more options if the Yankees do it the other way.