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Brackman Answers Some Questions in Trenton Debut

By Jed Weisberger ~ June 26th, 2010. Filed under: Yanks Minors.

TRENTON, N.J. – Over the past few weeks, there has been something of a debate involving Yankees pitching prospect Andrew Brackman’s velocity.

There were several reports, from sources who recently saw him pitch, that his fastball was sitting in the 93-94 mph. range. Another mentioned he was throwing no better than 90.

Rest assured, a high of 90 has been left in the dust. Brackman, the Yankees’ first-draft pick in 2007, threw 86 pitches Friday night – 53 for strikes – over five innings in 6-2 Trenton loss to Nea Hampshire.

His fastball sat between 93-95 – a few  hit 96 – his slider 85 and curve 76-77.  The velocity is there. More movement would help.

“I really think movement on the fastball will come,’’ said Trenton manager Tony Franklin of Brackman, who took the loss after allowing three runs (two earned) and eight hits. He struck out five and walked one.

“We (Franklin and Trenton pitching coach Tommy Phelps) liked what we saw. His command improved as he went along.’’

Brackman was also pleased with his outing, which featured use of his curve and slider against a New Hampshire lineup with several players with Triple-A experience.

“I didn’t realize they had hitters like that,’’ said Brackman. “I was just trying to throw strikes. I got more and more comfortable as we went along.’’

His progression since spring training is impressive. He earned the promotion to Double-A Trenton after a 6-4, 5.10 effort at Tampa that increased velocity and consistency.

“I learned, after Tommy John surgery, you can’t force your velocity to come back. It has to come back naturally, and now I realize that,’’ he said.

“That’s helped my command come back together.’’

A far cry from last year’s 2-12, 5.91 debacle at Class-A Charleston.

The Yankees expect Brackman to progress as part of the Trenton rotation. He is also working on a changeup.

“I just want to get back to where I was when the Yankees drafted me,’’ he said.

The 6-foot-10 former North Carolina State multi-sport athlete is well on his way.

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Jed spent 35 years in the newspaper business working as both a writer and editor, in both sports and news under tight deadline pressure. As both sports editor at the Indiana (Pa.) Gazette and a copy editor/columnist at The Times of Trenton, he made daily decisions on overall coverage and designed and produced thousands of pages and special sections. Since accepting a buyout from The Times, he has concentrated on broadening his writing and editing horizons to the medical, academic and business fields. Anyone is welcome to Google Jed to see the different places in print, on the Web and in front of the camera his professional expertise has spread to.

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1 Response to Brackman Answers Some Questions in Trenton Debut

  1. dutchsailor

    I was at the game last night. It seemed like he was a bit stiff the first couple innings (According to Mike Ashmore, hee stated that he had driven 20 hours in the past couple days) resulting in a couple runs. But he seemed more relaxed as the game went along and seemed to have more movement on his pitches. Pitched nicely out of a bases loaded one out situation, which I thought was impressive for a guy getting his first start at a higher level.

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