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Brackman Signs With Reds

Posted on: December 13, 2011 12:31 pm
Edited on: December 15, 2011 12:02 pm
Former Yankees No. 1 draft choice Andrew Brackman has an agreement on a one-year, major-league deal with the Cincinnati Reds.

Brackman had a disappointing 2011 season in the minors, going 3-6 with a 6.00 ERA for Triple-A Scranton but he allowed no runs in a brief 2 1/3-inning September cameo with the Yankees. He is a hard thrower who had problems with control, both striking out and walking 75 batters last year at Scranton.

Sources say the Reds would be happy if he came close to tapping his vast potential.

The Yankees released him rather than pay the good money he would have been entitled following the year. Sources indicate he will receive the major-league minimum $480,000 plus a half million in incentives with Cincinnati.

Trivia: Brackman is a Cincinnati native. He attended Moeller High School -- the alma mater of Ken Griffey Jr., Barry Larkin, David Bell and Buddy Bell. He was also a high school teammate of the Giants' Eric Surkamp.

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Posted on: December 13, 2011 2:03 pm

Brackman Signs With Reds

It was the type of high-upside pick that the Yankees should make at the end of the 1st round. Signing him to a major league deal and the resultant loss of the 40 man roster spot when they were fully aware he was going to need TJ surgery was not as smart.

He went backwards in his development last year, but seemed to be much better when used exclusively out of the pen.

Could be an interesting high octane R/L combo with Chapman going forward. Both need some work on their command. however.

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