New York Yankees: Andrew Brackman

Brackman could still come back, but ...

November, 2, 2011
Andrew Brackman, who was a bust with the Yankees, still could comeback at a lesser salary.

"It is possible," Yankees GM Brian Cashman said.

It still doesn't seem that likely, but there is a chance.

No Killer B's on the way

June, 9, 2011
With Joba Chamberlain on the DL and likely headed for Tommy John Surgery, the Yankees need bullpen help in a hurry. But GM Brian Cashman ruled out the possibility that any of the so-called Killer B's --Manny Banuelos, Dellin Betances or Andrew Brackman -- would be getting the call-up anytime soon.

"That's not our plan now,'' Cashman said in the dugout before tonight's Yankees-Red Sox game.

Cashman ruled out Banuelos and Brackman on "performance'' issues, and Betances because he has not pitched above AA. Currently, Banuelos, who turned 20 in March, is 2-0 with a 2.84 ERA for the AA Trenton Thunder, but Cashman said, "He needs better fastball command. His stuff's great but he's not throwing as well as he's capable of throwing. So he's not an option on performance alone.''

Cashman had similar things to say about the 6-10 Brackman, a former No. 1 draft pick who is 2-5 with a 6.75 ERA for AAA Scranton and has lost five in a row. "He hasn't pitched well,'' Cashman said.

One name that has been mentioned is right-hander Adam Warren, who is 3-2 with a 3.88 ERA for Scranton, but although he was not reluctant to name the pitchers who were not in contention, Cashman refused to name any who might be.

"We’re talking about some guys,'' Cashman said. "But unless and until we do it doesnt make sense to talk too much about it. Let those guys keep throwing and we'll continue to talk internally, and if we promote somebody we’ll talk about who they are and why we did it.''

Two more empty lockers in camp

March, 19, 2011
RHP Andrew Brackman, optioned earlier this week to AAA Scranton but still with the Yankees in camp --he pitched a 1-2-3 inning in Friday's 6-5 loss to the Blue Jays in Dunedin, and RHP Dellin Betances, officially optioned today to AA Trenton, were sent over to the minor-league complex across the street after today's 5-5 tie with Toronto.

Brackman's chances at the 5th start today

March, 8, 2011
Andrew Brackman will appear in his first game of the spring. Brackman, the 6-foot-10 prospect, had not pitched yet because of a strained groin.

The question is: Does he have time to make enough of an impression to beat out the veterans, Freddy Garcia (who starts today) and Bartolo Colon? If he does, he is going to start out very strong. Most likely, it is going to be difficult for Brackman to go north with the Yankees. It was going to be hard for him to overcome the odds before the injury.

However, what Brackman could accomplish is putting positive thoughts in the minds of manager Joe Girardi and pitching coach Larry Rothschild. If he can do that, he could be the first one called up when/if the veterans falter or the Yankees have an injury. Brackman will pitch in relief of Garcia, but we don't know which inning yet.

The game will be televised on YES and I will be blogging when news happens and trying to be as funny as Wally on my Twitter account.

Brackman shut down until Tuesday

February, 25, 2011
Rookie pitching prospect Andrew Brackman, who was being given an outside shot to make the roster, will be set down until Tuesday due to some "discomfort'' in his groin, according to The Star-Ledger. We'll have more information when we speak to Joe Girardi this afternoon.

Brackman impressive in live BP

February, 21, 2011
Andrew Brackman, the 6-10 rookie right-hander who was the Yankees first-round draft pick in 2007, drew rave reviews after throwing a live batting practice session today to Curtis Granderson, Brett Gardner, Justin Maxwell and Francisco Cervelli. There was no radar gun but Granderson estimated Brackman was throwing 92-93 MPH, plus keeping hitters off-balance with an unorthodox changeup he keeps low in the zone.
"If that's where it is going to be, it is going to be a very effective pitch," Granderson said.

Manager Joe Girardi said Brackman was "much further ahead than he was'' at this time last year.

"He's really cleaned up his delivery and worked very hard at it,'' Girardi said. "He had a hard time consistently throwing strikes where now it appears that that's behind him.''

Brackman attributed his improvement to being three years removed from Tommy John surgery and becoming more comfortable in his elongated body. He also admitted to allowing himself to fantasize about maybe going north with the big club despite never having pitched above the Double A level.

"There's opportunity for a pitcher on this club this year,'' he said. "Everybody here wants to be That Guy.''



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