Andrew Brackman’s pitch counts

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As you’ve surely already heard, the Yanks’ top pick is going to go ahead and have Tommy John surgery. That’s fine, it is what it is, nothing anyone can do about it. I wanted see how well Brackman was pitching before the elbow started acting up, so I went through NC State’s schedule from earlier in the year and came up with the following pitching lines (the box score links work only intermittently after April 1st, so I’m missing 4 games worth of data):

Feb 9 vs William & Mary: 5 IP, 3 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 82 pitches (9-4 W)

Feb 17 vs Gardner-Webb: 5 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 8 K, 81 pitches (8-0 W)

Feb 24 vs Coastal Carolina: 7.1 IP, 6 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 7 K, 113 pitches (4-0 W)

March 3 vs East Carolina: 5 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 5 BB, 6 K, 111 pitches (5-4 W in 10)

March 9 vs Maryland: 9 IP, 6 H, 6 R, 5 ER, 1 BB, 9 K, 122 pitches (6-3 L)

March 24 vs Wake Forest: 4 IP, 9 H, 6 R, 5 ER, 3 BB, 2 K, 96 pitches (16-3 L)

March 31 vs Boston College: 7 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 7 K, 111 pitches (10-1 W)

April 28 vs CWS runner-up UNC: 7 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 4 BB, 7 K, 97 pitches (9-3 W)

May 12 vs Virgina: 4 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 5 BB, 5 K, 101 pitches (10-7 W)

Hmmm . . .doesn’t that seem like an awful lot of pitches for a guy who had thrown only 71.1 IP combined in his freshman & sophomore years? How likely is it that this heavy workload contributed to the elbow troubles?

Now before everyone goes apeshit in the comments, remember that NC State coach Elliot Avent does not work for the Yankees. His job is to win baseball games for NC State, not worry about developing Brackman for some ML team. Just ask Billy Beane how he feels about Cal State Fullerton coach George Horton after he ran Jason Windsor into the ground during Fullerton’s run to the CWS Title in ’04.

Update: Game scores added by request.

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  • zack

    That jump from 81 to 113 sure didn’t seem to help him, did it?

  • Yankee Fan in Chicago

    The 122 pitches vs Maryland really stands out there. That’s Dusty Baker/Kerry Wood territory.

    How unlucky was Brack in that game? Unless he was hitting batters left and right, he let 7 runners on and 6 of them scored.

  • dan

    can we see which of these games were close? if he’s throwing 110 pitches or more (which he did 4 times), it had better be a close, meaningful game.

    • Mike A.

      I added the scores. You can click on the schedule link at the top, and follow that open up the individual box scores.

  • rbizzler

    I think we have to factor in the weather when looking at this. Early Feb. is not a good time to be throwing a lot of pitches as it is tough to get loose in the cold. Also, 100 pitches in 4 innings is pretty burly and could not have felt good on the elbow.

  • dan

    thanks mike. most of the games in which he threw a lot of pitches, the game was reasonably close. march 9 and march 31 were the only dates that had unnecessarily high pitch counts in my opinion.