At long last, Andrew Brackman

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HWB Waikiki
(Honolulu leads 8-0 in the 3rd)
Andrew Brackman: 2.1 IP, 7 H, 7 R, 6 ER, 2 BB, 3 K, 3-1 GB/FB – the reliever allowed a pair of inherited runners to score

Eh, so it wasn’t as great as we all hoped, but who gives a crap. It’s his first ever start in an affiliated game and it’s winter ball. He’s there for one reason – to do some learnin’. As I said last winter, it’s probably going to take this kid years before he figures out some comfortable, consistent mechanics.

Unfortunately Gameday didn’t have pitch type or velocity, but you could see he was missing high (as you’d expect a 6’10” pitcher to do) and putting too many balls in the dirt (seven total, most likely with the spike curve). Catcher Buster Posey was charged with two passed balls, likely on curves. All-in-all, of the 45 strikes he threw (71 pitches total), 10 were called strikes and 35 were swinging. That’s a function of both his electric stuff and the A-ball level competition.

Supposedly you’ll be able to listen and/or watch HWB games here this winter (h/t Eric), but the video feed was off-air all night, and radio broadcast was Hawaii-San Jose St. Hopefully that starts working properly in the near future.

No other Yankees’ farmhands were in the starting lineup. I’ll update this post with the final score and any additional stats tonight if I’m still awake, otherwise it’ll wait until tomorrow.

The Arizona Fall League season starts on October 7th.

Update (1:00pm): Honolulu won 8-4, no other Yanks’ prospects got into the game.

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  • pat

    hey mike real groundbreaking stuff here.. WHEN I POSTED IT IN THE LAST THREAD/…. jk

    • The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

      Your comment is stamped 2:07 AM, and Mike’s post is stamped 2:09 AM.

  • Ben N.C.

    Yikes. Game one. No big deal, though.

    Good time to point this out: I live in Raleigh, which is where Brackman played his college ball at N.C. State. I’m a journalist, so I’d receive some inside scoop on Brackman from beat writers et al back when he was around this area. He didn’t receive many rave reviews. When I asked what his problem(s) is/are, most people rattled off the same thing: Brackman doesn’t seem to have much heart and fortitude.

    Of course, that could have been because of the fact that Brackman needed TJ for quite some time and kept his mouth shut.

    I’m a wait-and-see guy, and I like to make my own conclusions, so I don’t care about what others say. Just letting the rest of you know what I heard last year. Figured it’s of possible value now that he has resumed throwing.

  • Miles Roche

    Mike, Were you able to successfully register with the website? I tried registering and for some reason an error page came on every time i tried submitting my info…

    • Miles Roche

      Also, is the picture from tonight?

      • pat

        nah thats the nc state uni, and the batter has an aluminum bat

        • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos

          Andrew Brackman looks like somebody put David Eckstein in a taffy puller…

    • The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

      Try signing in. When I tried to register I got the error page but then when I went back to the site later my login/password were active. Obviously the game wasn’t on the site last night anyway so it’s no big deal.

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

      I tried signing up with my gmail account, and it didn’t work. Then I tried my RAB account, and even thought I got the same error screen, it seemed to work and I was able to sign in. I dunno what that’s about.

  • Hitman

    I expect many more starts like this. I can only hope he transitions as well as Melancon has. I want him ready by 2011.

    • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos

      I’m fine with that, Hitman, as long as you remain patient with his inevitable struggles when he does get to the bigs. Because he’ll struggle. 6’10” pitchers who throw hard do so by drastically contorting their body to generate velocity… as Mike alluded to, shit like that doesn’t happen without configuring a lot of moving parts and he probably won’t have his delivery fully refined until he’s maybe 30 years old.

      Seriously.

      So, PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE show patience and restraint and perspective here. Andrew Brackman is a gamble with significant, significant upside but one that will take TIME and SETBACKS before reaching fruition. Let’s not IPK him, shall we?

      Can you commit to that?

      • Steve H

        He’s a BUST clearly. If last night doesn’t prove that I don’t know what will. We should have traded Brackman straight up for Johan when we had the chance. What was Cash thinking?

  • Steve

    I hope he becomes an All Star just to see him standing next to Justin Pedroia on the AL team.

    • A.D.

      i hope by then Pedroia is no longer an all -star

  • Bart

    Read Kernen’s column at the Post – they pay that guy to write drivel

  • Jake H

    Guy hasn’t really pitched in some times. TJ surgery messes with command. That is the last to come.

  • Andy in Sunny Daytona

    I look at that start like I look at all the starts by the guys rehabbing in the GCL. When pitchers are rehabbing in those games, they just seem to work on delivery, command and location. The coaches aren’t concerned with their numbers.
    Look at what Christian Garcia, Alan Horne, Jeff Marquez and Humberto Sanchez did in the GCL. Not pretty numbers.

  • mike

    great – more exciting news for the Yankees draft squad – besides a pathetic draft this year ( especially because of the over-slot payments the Yanks make ) , our plan of continuallly acquiring injured /almost-injured players is really working out – looks like 2007 will be wonderful as well.

    I have an idea…..lets draft uninjured, high ceiling players like the rest of baseball tries to do.

    Can we all stop apologizing for cashman and making excuses? you draft broken risky players, you get broken risks

    Isnt the plan to get a bunch of solid players in the draft and take a flyer on a lower-round guy who fell????? why are we shooting for the moon with a 1st round pick???

    • http://www.new.facebook.com/profile.php?id=15305165&ref=profile Doug

      I have an idea! Why don’t we solve our nation’s energy crisis by harnessing the power of sunshine, rainbows, and a child’s laughter?

      News flash — the Yankees never get the top 10 prospects, the high ceiling players with no injury concerns, because -get this- the teams with worse records and higher draft position snatch them all up.

    • dan

      That’s what the Yankees used to do before their farm system was good. I’m no mathematician, but they shot for the moon with Joba and did alright. And from the tone of this post, it sounds like you’re labeling Brackman a bust.

      • mike

        No – its impossible to grade the guy a bust who has the tools as he apparently does.

        My issue is how the Yanks knowingly have drafted and acquired guys who are injured, as that adds not only the risk of rehab, but the desire of the player to get back to his former level. THEN we have to hope – as the aoods are slim as it is- that the player will work out, succeed in the minors and ultimately contribute at the ML level.

        with the odds so skewered against success through the draft – look at the comparable success the Yanks have had picking up others cast-offs ( rasner, ramirez, Brunney etc.) compared to whom they have promoted (IPK, Ollendorf, Bean,- need I go on?? – doesnt it make sense to find some guys who can play in the field and hit the ball rather than continuing to reach for injured pitching?

    • radnom

      hahaha wow. I have nothing to even say to this, I’m speechless.

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Ben K.

      I have a serious question: Are you actually trying to convince us that you’re labeling Brackman a bust after his very first 2.1 innings of work? That is, no offense, one of the dumbest things I’ve ever read.

      • mike

        who has labeled him a bust? The DRAFT was a bust, as the Yanks are at best 4 years away from having a #1 pick available for the major-league roster from when he was drafted, and this was compounded by a crummy draft this year as well.

        We all want him to succeed for obvious reasons, and I dont think anyone on this sitre has seen him throw more than 70 pitches in his life, so none of us can really speak about him, his make-up or ability against pro-hitters

        For all of the emphasis on the minor leagues, Cash has sh*t the bed in his atempt to re-stock.

        I dont understand how anyone can disagree.

        • A.D.

          the reason they do this is so they can still get top shelf talent (many considered Brackman & Price a toss-up for the #1 pick, and worse case Brack goes top 10) if you go the route you have put out there you either have to draft HS, which doesnt help OR draft guys available down there, which would be the Ian Kennedy’s of the world. Obv the jury is still our in Ian, but realistically,tops hes a middle of the rotation guy, which would still piss you off, becasue then you would say OMG WHY DID THEY USE THIER FIRST ROUND PICK ON A BOTTOM OF THE ROTATION GUY so thats how it goes

      • Joey

        even a lohud class of dumb

  • mike

    Thanks Doug for that dramatic insight – how about a servicable major league player thru the draft?? How about in the first few rounds getting a position player who can play league-average within a few years of the draft?

    Drafting high ceiling players are great , and un-injured players are great too- however, servicable players who can fill out a roster, fill in for a few weeks and serve as trade-bait in conjunction with the yanks $$ ( see the success of having a pile of crap with ok potential upside to trade with the Pirates for marte and Nady) – those trades are the hallmark of a successful minor league system and major league team.

    having/drafting/trading for a bunch of high ceiling guys with broken wings…….not the brightest move

    • dan

      Draft serviceable, safe players in the early rounds like Jeff Marquez, John-Ford Griffin, Bronson Sardinha, John Skaggs and David Parrish. Solid major leaguers such as Jason Arnold, Danny Borrell, and Jason Henry.

      You’re right. The old way of doing it was much, much better.

      • mike

        and we have forgotten about Juan Rivera, Dioner, Gardiner, Shelly, Phillips…

        were not talking all-stars, but guys who can fill in for a pinch, or be used to trade for other quality players.

        And – there may be another way except crappy scouting and poor player development as was demonstrated in the past – or are the only choices over-valued high school “athletes” like John-Ford and Borrell, and injured players like Brackman?

        Amazing….but other teams seem to have dicsovered that drafting guys who fit into your system of playing ball can continually be brought up, tried out and either kept or discarded – see Cardinals, Twins , Angels, Red Sox – teams with less $$ and similar draft positions for the last decade

        • radnom

          You’re right. We need more guys like Shelly Duncan. There just arn’t enough of them.
          ::rolls eyes::

          • mike

            c’mon now…you are looking for trees and ignoring the forest.

            Are you happy with the way the draft has been conducted for the past few years?

            I have no pronblem with drafting younger players and watching them mature thru the system – for some reason i would like to see a young Yankee rather than another free agent – but these drafts have not really been high-points, especially when everything the Yankees have espoused was around the value of the draft.

            The Yanks got left at the door like a fat girl waiting for the limo to take her to the prom for their top pick, and everyone seems to believe they over-reached for the supplemental pick – and the 2nd rounder was passed on.

            So…Brackman is drafted injured, we have no 1st round pick, the supplemental makes everyone scratch their head, and no second round pick – so marshall is what we are waiting for in the 2008 draft??

            Im just disappointed in the execution

            • http://www.riveraveblues.com Ben K.

              Are you happy with the way the draft has been conducted for the past few years?

              You mean the drafts that have landed the Yankees Joba Chamberlain, Phil Hughes, Ian Kenned (this season notwithstanding), Austin Jackson, Mark Melancon, Dellin Betances and all the rest? Yeah, I’m pretty happy.

              I don’t really know what you expect the Yanks to do with the draft, but whatever it is, it doesn’t seem very realistic.

            • A.D.

              I can undertand dissappointment in this years draft, I think we all are with Cole not signing, shit happens, they can’t know that the coler they drafter had shoulder issues, and obv. there was some miscommunication or issue with Cole, but that has nothing to with the previous years

    • radnom

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      • http://www.new.facebook.com/profile.php?id=15305165&ref=profile Doug

        my thoughts exactly

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