Tag:Andrew Brackman
Posted on: September 6, 2011 6:39 pm
 

Yankees call up another prospect

Andrew BrackmanBy C. Trent Rosecrans

Jesus Montero's debut was so successful, the Yankees have called up another prospect, right-hander Andrew Brackman.

OK, the two are not really connected except that it's a use of the expanded rosters by the Yankees to see some of their young players over the last month of the season.

Brackman was the team's top pick in 2007 out of N.C. State. The 6-foot-10 Brackman is a hard thrower who also has a good curveball, but has struggled mightily with his command -- walking 75 and hitting 14 more in 96 innings at Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. He did strike out 75 batters as well, while going 3-6 with a 6.00 ERA in 33 appearances, including 13 starts. While rated behind both right-hander Dellin Betances and lefty Manny Banuelos in Baseball America's annual prospect ratings, Brackman was fifth in the Yankees system and threw fewer innings than the other big pitching prospects.

Brackman also played basketball for the Wolfpack and underwent Tommy John surgery shortly after signing. He wa salsa slowed by an appendectomy the next season, so his professional carer didn't begin until 2009, when he was already 23.

The team also called up fellow pitchers Hector Noesi, George Kontos and outfielder Greg Golson.

The right-handed Noesi has appeared in 24 games for the Yankees out of the bullpen this season, going 2-0 with a 3.42 ERA. He was 1-1 with a 3.28 in six appearances and five starts at Triple-A this season. Baseball America ranked him the Yankees' seventh-best prospect. 

Kontos, also right-handed, appeared in 40 games for Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, going 4-4 with a 2.62 ERA and two saves. He's struck out 91 batters in 89 1/3 innings, walking 26 and hitting two.

A right-handed hitter, Golson hit .263/.330/.385 with eight home runs, 33 RBI and 15 stolen bases at Triple-A this season. He's played all three outfield spots, starting the majority of his games in center field.

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Posted on: March 13, 2011 2:05 pm
 

Certain Yankees prospects are 'untouchable'

Manny Banuelos

By C. Trent Rosecrans

Despite the franchise's reputation as a mercenary of sort, the Yankees have shown a propensity to hold on to some of their top prospects under general manager Brian Cashman.

Joba Chamberlain, Phil Hughes and even Jesus Montero have been kept instead of dealt in blockbuster deals for veteran players the past couple of years. That strategy is unlikely to change, even though the Yankees would like to upgrade their rotation.

"I have enough [trade] chips," Cashman told Marc Carig of the Star-Ledger. "But if people want to demand certain bullets, those certain bullets I'm not going to shoot. … There are untouchables here."

When asked if the team's young pitchers are those untouchables, Cashman didn't exactly confirm it, but he pretty much did.

"You can figure them out," he said. "But there are certain guys. Like Phil Hughes. I said publicly I wouldn't want to trade Phil Hughes. I stopped trade discussion on Hughes on [Johan] Santana because he was a rare, special guy. And he's proven that out. He's helped us win a World Series in the bullpen, he won 18 games last year, and we have certain guys we think are potentially even better than he is. That excites us."

That's not hyperbole. Manny Banuelos (above), the left-hander celebrating his 20th birthday today, has had an incredible camp with the Yankees. In three outings and five innings, Banuelos has allowed just three hits, a walk and a hit batter, while striking out eight.

Despite standing just 5-foot-10, Banuelos can touch 95 on the radar gun and has great control with the pitch, as well as plus pitches in his curveball and changeup.

Dellin Betances

Dellin Betances (left) is nearly a foot taller and 100 pounds heavier than Banuelos and also throws with the other arm. However, the Yankees are just as high on him. A hard-thrower, he doesn't have the command Banuelos has, but throws a bit harder. He also has a hammer of a curveball.

Batances has appeared in three games this spring, going 4 2/3 innings. He's allowed four hits and two runs, walking five and striking out seven.

Don't expect either to wear anything but pinstripes in the future, and if they progress like most believe they can, it would be a surprise to see them in any other uniform for a long, long time.

Those two, along with Andrew Brackman, are the only minor league pitchers left in the team's camp.

Brackman has appeared in one game, pitching an inning, allowing hit and striking out one. The 6-foot-10 Brackman was the team's first-round pick in 2007.

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Posted on: October 27, 2010 3:55 pm
 

Yankees set Wood, Berkman, Johnson free

The Yankees have set three players free by declining their options in Lance Berkman, Nick Johnson and Kerry Wood but have opted to pick up the option of Andrew Brackman as the New Jersey Star-Ledger 's Marc Carig notes on Twitter.

Wood Declining the three options is no surprise. While Wood (pictured) dazzled after coming over from the Indians and posting a 0.69 ERA, the 33-year-old had an $11 million option that certainly had no shot of being picked up. While Wood could yet return to town as a setup man, he could make more money elsewhere by being a closer and his play in New York virtually assures him of landing somewhere where he can close.

Berkman, meanwhile, was strictly a rental as a right-handed platoon DH (a role likely going to Jorge Posada next season). Even if Berkman moves back to the NL, he won't sniff the $15 million he would have made in 2011 otherwise.

Lastly, Nick Johnson opened the year as the Yankees' DH and while he walked like nobody's business to the tune of a .167/.388/.306 line in 98 plate appearances, he also predictably got hurt and was knocked out for the year. No need for the $5.5 million option to be picked up, and Johnson is doubtful to return to town.

As for Brackman, you would be forgiven for not ever hearing the name before. Brackman was drafted with the 30th pick of the first round in 2007 and signed a major-league contract. Injuries held him back to making his professional debut in 2009 after signing a big-league deal of four years, but has since started climbing up the ladder as a starter and reached Double-A in 2010. Brackman's club options extend through 2013 and while terms aren't known, clearly were not prohibitive enough to prevent the 2011 option from being picked up.

 -- Evan Brunell

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