The Yankees were considered fortunate when they drafted Brackman so late in the 1st round (he was 30th overall), but they got him thanks to an arm injury that he eventually needed Tommy John surgery for.
Since that time he has really struggled with consistency. His numbers this season were especially bad as he posted a career low K/9 rate of 7.0 and a career high BB/9 rate of 7.0, numbers that are a recipe for disaster.
It seems a bit odd to cut and run so quickly with Brackman here, but because of the TJS he started his career late and is going to be 26 in December. He also makes quite a bit more than the average minor leaguer, set to earn at least $500K and up to $1 million in 2012, according to Keith Law.
Brackman is not arbitration eligible per a special clause in his contract that forces the Yankees to release him if they don’t exercise his options. He was ranked as high as no. 78 in Baseball America’s top 100 rankings.