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Andrew Brackman (born December 4, 1985) is a 6' 11" right-handed Minor League Baseball pitcher with the New York Yankees organization.[1] He signed a four year $4.55 million dollar deal with $3.35 million signing bonus as the 30th overall pick of the 2007 Major League Baseball Draft.[2] Brackman is represented by sports agent Scott Boras.[3]

High school careerEdit

Brackman attended Moeller High School in Cincinnati, OH. There he was one of the top high school pitchers in the country, and a two-sport standout. He had a career ERA of 1.04, the seventh best in the history of Ohio high school baseball,[4] and helped lead Moeller to a 28-3 record and the Ohio state championship as a senior. He was ranked as the No. 18 senior in America by Team One Baseball, and listed as the No. 4 prospect in Ohio for the 2004 draft by Baseball America.

He was runner-up for Mr. Basketball in Ohio by the Associated Press, shared Ohio's Division I Player of the Year honors, and was named first-team all-state, as he averaged 20.2 points and 6.5 rebounds as a senior. He led his conference in scoring and field-goal percentage (.654), and was second in free-throw percentage (.882). He was rated the No. 42 prospect nationally by Insiders.com, and No. 43 by PrepStars following his senior season.[5]

College career Edit

He then attended North Carolina State University and played for the North Carolina State Wolfpack. Brackman played two seasons as a dual-sport athlete at NC State, playing both basketball and baseball. During his freshman year basketball season (2004-2005), he played center and forward averaging 7.4 points and 3.5 rebounds.[6]

In his freshman baseball season, he was 4-0 with a 2.09 ERA in 10 appearances as both a reliever and later, a starting pitcher. He was starting pitcher of the first game of the 2005 ACC Baseball Tournament, striking out five batters in seven innings to earn the victory against the Miami Hurricanes. He was named a second-team preseason All-America player by Baseball America for 2006. [5] After the Wolfpack were knocked out of the 2006 NCAA tournament, in the second round by Texas, Brackman chose not to return to the basketball team the next season and instead to develop his pitching with hopes of doing well in professional baseball.

Brackman suffered a stress fracture to his hip in his sophomore year basketball season limiting him to only 7 games and a disappointing 1-4 record with a 6.09 ERA.[7][8] In the summer of that year, he pitched for the Orleans Cardinals in the Cape Cod League earning a 1-0 record with a 1.09 ERA.[7] This effort led to Baseball America ranking him the number 2 prospect in that league.

Brackman's junior year at NC State saw a return to his freshman year numbers: in 13 games, he struck out 74 batters in 78 innings with a 3.81 ERA and a record of 6-4. He did not pitch in the ACC nor the NCAA tournaments due to elbow injuries.[9]

Despite anxiety about the effect of his past injuries on his draft stock, Brackman did well in the 2007 Major League Baseball Draft, drafted by the Yankees with the 30th pick of the first round[10].

Professional careerEdit

Following the 2007 draft, the Yankees signed Brackman to a guaranteed $4.5 million deal for four years including a $3.55 million signing bonus spread out over six years.[11] The club also holds options over Brackman for the 2011, 2012, and 2013 seasons which could boost the total value of his contract over $13 million (if he meets his bonus requirements).[11]

As specified by his contract on August 15, 2007, the Yankees placed Brackman on the 40 man roster (designating infielder Chris Basak for assignment to make room for him).[2] Brackman currently wears uniform number 64.

Brackman was optioned to the Class-A Tampa Yankees in the Florida State League. The Yankees recommended that Brackman see Dr. James Andrews in Alabama to address his lingering elbow concerns. Later in August 2007, he underwent Tommy John surgery.[9]

Brackman began the 2008 season on the 60 day disabled list, a procedural move to keep him on the 40-man roster. He's not expected to pitch until the very end of the year, when he'll begin preparing for a spring 2009 start. Despite this setback, the Yankees still consider Brackman a "blue-chip prospect".[12] On February 1, 2008, Keith Law of ESPN ranked Brackman in the top 100 baseball prospects of 2008,[13][14] and both Baseball America and Baseball Prospectus list him as in the Yankees' top ten prospects.[15][16]

Pitching StyleEdit

Brackman consistently throws a 92-97 mile per hour fastball[17] that has touched 99 mph. He complements his fastball with a two-seam fastball, knuckle curve, and a changeup. His knuckle curve rates an 80 on the scouting scale of 20-80. [18]. His height and overhand action give his pitches a very desirable "downward plane". [19]

ReferencesEdit

  1. Draft Report for Andrew Brackman
  2. 2.0 2.1 "Yankees Agree to Deal With First-Rounder Andrew Brackman", CSTV.com, 2007-08-15. Retrieved on 2008-02-27.
  3. "Andrew Brackman - Starting Pitcher", Rotoworld.com, 2007-08-27. Retrieved on 2008-02-27.
  4. "Minor League Report: Young pitchers", MLB.com, 2008-02-21. Retrieved on 2008-02-27.
  5. 5.0 5.1 "Wolfpack Biographies - Andrew Brackman", Gopack.com, 2006-09-13. Retrieved on 2008-02-27.
  6. "Brackman's talent will stay on display at N.C. State", CBS.Sportsline.com, 2005-05-23. Retrieved on 2008-02-27.
  7. 7.0 7.1 "Brackman, busy with baseball, hasn't decided on return", ESPN, 2006-10-05. Retrieved on 2008-02-27.
  8. Andrew Brackman Statistics - The Baseball Cube
  9. 9.0 9.1 "Yanks's top pick to have surgery", New York Post, 2007-08-27. Retrieved on 2008-02-27.
  10. 2007 MLB.com Draft tracker
  11. 11.0 11.1 Tyler Kepner. "Good News on the Health of the Yankees’ Top Pick", New York Times, 2007-08-17. Retrieved on 2008-02-27.
  12. Mark Feinsand. "Hank Steinbrenner: I'll look at big picture for Cashman contract talks", New York Daily News, 2008-02-26. Retrieved on 2008-02-27.
  13. ESPN - Top 100 prospects of 2008 - MLB
  14. River Ave. Blues | Keith Law’s Top 100 Prospects
  15. BaseballAmerica.com: Prospects: Top 10 Prospects: New York Yankees
  16. Baseball Prospectus | Articles | Future Shock: Yankees Top 11 Prospects
  17. Draft Report: Andrew Brackman
  18. Draft Report: Andrew Brackman
  19. The Official Site of Major League Baseball: Events: 2007 DraftTracker

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