One of the most impressive young pitchers early in camp was the 6-11 Andrew Brackman, ,but unfortunately for the young giant he suffered a groin injury that would hurt his chances from winning a rotation spot out of spring.
Now just one and a half weeks later Brackman is ready to return to the mound and continue that battle for the fifth starter position.
Brackman still has a chance to win a rotation spot, but he’s got stiff competition. There are two rotation spots open and many guys competition for them and so far everyone has pitched pretty well. Freddy Garcia and Ivan Nova, who are probably the front runners for those spots, have both pitched well so far this spring.
Bartolo Colon is potentially next in line behind those two and he has possible been the most impressive of the three. He has pitched effectively so far and coaches and scouts have remarked on his fastball that has shown a lot of life on it this spring. There is also Sergio Mitre who has done a good job in his chances and seems motivated to try to win a rotation spot as well.
So the groin injury hasn’t killed Brackman’s chances to win a job, but it certainly has put him in the hole. Right now it is very likely that Brackman will have to start the season in the minors no matter how well he pitches. He should realize that even if that happens, going out there and pitching well will give him an opportunity to crack the team’s rotation eventully even if it isn’t in April.