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Yankees take Brackman

Posted by: Peter Abraham - Posted in Misc on Jun 07, 2007 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

The Yankees took 6-10 Andrew Brackman of N.C. State. He’s a Boras client who had what was described as a “tired arm” this season that forced him to miss time.

Some believe that Boras invented that so his client would slide down to a team who could pay him over slot. Such a team would be the Yankees.

I don’t know anything about this guy at the moment. But I do know this: in the history of baseball, the only pitcher this tall who turrned out to be good was Randy Johnson. This kid is 6-10 and a lot can go wrong with your mechanics at that height.

Here is what Baseball America says about him:

As an awkward 6-foot-7 16-year-old at Cincinnati’s Moeller High, Brackman wasn’t considered a top 50 prospect in baseball or basketball. His basketball game blossomed as a senior, and when N.C. State offered him a chance to play both sports, he eagerly accepted.

A bout with tendinitis assured he wouldn’t be drafted highly enough out of high school to buy him out of college, and after giving up basketball as a sophomore (he had thrown just 77 innings in his first two years at N.C. State), he’s begun to come into this own.

Now a legitimate 6-foot-10, 240 pounds, his upside is considerable. His athleticism helps him repeat his delivery, but he struggles with his balance and release point, leading to erratic command, especially of his secondary stuff. He touched 99 mph in the Cape Cod League in 2006 and again during an early-season outing in Myrtle Beach, S.C., and he pitches at 94 with exceptional plane.

His mid-80s spike-curveball is filthy. Brackman’s changeup was the pitch that had improved the most this spring, and grades as a third potential plus offering. He’s still unrefined, but even without the polish, Brackman shouldn’t slide out of the top 10 picks.




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