Via The Trentonian –
Three years after the Yankees chose him with the 30th selection in the 2007 draft, Andrew Brackman is ready to test his mettle at the upper levels. The massive right-hander will make his Double-A debut Friday when the Thunder face the New Hampshire Fisher Cats at Waterfront Park.
Yankees Vice President of Player Development Mark Newman confirmed the move with The Trentonian earlier this evening.
For Brackman, the promotion is a reward for finally turning around a career that last year looked as if it were heading nowhere fast. Shortly after being selected, he had Tommy John surgery that delayed his pro debut until 2009.
After recovering, he put together a dreadful opening campaign. As if his 2-12 record and 5.91 ERA weren’t bad enough, Brackman issued an astonishing 76 walks in 106 2/3 innings with Low-A Charleston.
Yankees pitching coordinator Nardi Contreras discussed Brackman while at Waterfront Park earlier this season, saying that his control was the key thing he needed to work on to advance.
“What he is doing is throwing strikes. He’s learning now, because last year he didn’t throw many strikes. He’s throwing strikes now, and he’s learning how to command. He needs to know how to command,” Contreras said back in May, also noting that Brackman was working on refining his curveball as well as learning a slider and a change-up.
Whatever the coaching staff was teaching him down in Tampa, it seems to have worked.
Brackman has walked just nine hitters in 60 innings this season, and has been dominant after an early-season stretch that looked a lot like 2009. Over eight starts since May 12, he’s allowed more than three earned runs just twice and has compiled a 5-1 record and a 2.84 ERA in that span.
Not a bad move, given his age. Brackman needs to be tested at the next level. It will be interesting to see how this works out.