Brackman to start tomorrow

Giambi would come back to the Bronx
Rivera to get second opinion

Not in the big leagues, in Hawaii. Baseball America has the story. The Yanks’ 2007 first rounder still hasn’t thrown a pitch in a game thanks to Tommy John surgery and an appendectomy, but his undeniable talent is worth the wait. Game time is 7pm local, so unless my math is wrong, that’s 1am Sunday on the east coast. Regardless, it’s exciting to see him finally get going.

Giambi would come back to the Bronx
Rivera to get second opinion
  • Rafi

    Which Yankees farmhands and playing in Hawaii? Which team are they on?

    • Jack

      Scroll down to “Others to Watch” in the article.

      • Rafi

        Thanks, didn’t see that

    • Mike A.

      The Waikiki Beach Boys. Jeremy Bleich, Austin Romine and Damon Sublett are also playing. Here’s the roster:

      • Jack

        Ha! Jeremy Papelbon.

        • tommiesmithjohncarlos

          If Jon Papelbon is a douchebag, what does that make Jeremy? An enema syringe?

          And is there a rule somewhere that says that all younger, less talented brothers must be named Jeremy or Ozzie?

          • Lanny

            I’d take some douchebags on this team if they were like him.

  • Miles Roche

    You mean to write in a professional game, Mike, as he did pitch in Instructs against the Phillies in a 4-0 loss a couple of days ago…

  • JRVJ

    I had a discussion with Steve Goldman (Pinstripped Bible) a few days ago over at BTF.

    Goldman claims Brackman is a college basketball player, and that given the state of the Yankees “system and the factor of time, which is working against them give the state of the major league roster, I’m not sure that gambling on the upside was the most responsible thing to do for the organization”.

    Needless to say, I thoroughly disagree with Goldman’s point of view on this and rather a lot of other matters.

    • AndrewYF

      Right, the Yankees should only take “surefire average major leaguers” like Ian Kennedy. Riiiiiiight.

    • Chris

      Low-ceiling ‘safe’ picks are the fastest way to kill a farm system.

      Brackman may not work out (most draft picks don’t), but if you keep selecting high-ceiling talent, then enough will work out. There are no short cuts to building a farm system, so time shouldn’t be an issue.

  • Manimal

    I hope we don’t Joba him by putting him in the pen and totally disregarding his Starting Past.

    • Manimal

      I just made Joba a verb.

    • tommiesmithjohncarlos

      Humberto Sanchez says hello.

      • radnom

        Humberto Sanchez is also 26. As much as I want to see what he can do as a starter, he needs to be in the majors ASAP.

        • radnom

          *sorry, 25 right now, 26 early next season.

      • dan

        And Humberto also has a looooong history of injuries that may suggest his body can’t withstand starting

  • CLT_JR

    Maybe Pavano was not totally useless after all…. “Brackman crossed paths with Pavano, who taught him a different grip on a changeup—a pitch Brackman will incorporate. He didn’t have the pitch in college. “I feel like I can throw it for a strike now and it doesn’t cut,” Brackman said.”

    As for gambling on upside, I’d rather pay him $4.5M, or whatever it was, then pay $40M on some FA pitcher to bomb.

    • tommiesmithjohncarlos

      Wait a sec… Pavano was giving tips to Brackman?


      I can already picture Brackman’s arm literally ripping itself off his body as he throws his new “Pavano change”…

  • George

    Mike, I am looking forward on hearing about Brackman back on the mound, but what’s the latest news (if any) on Christian Garcia?

  • Lanny

    The yanks should ALWAYS gamble on upside players.

    There is zero downside. Money? This organization prints money.

  • Baseballnation

    especially where they usually pick in the draft, which is at the end of every round, and when most of the time guys like Price and Smoak are taken, there’s no fault in going for high upside guys like a Joba or a Brackman. Safe, average picks will have meant no Joba, Jackson, Melancon, Betences…See where I’m getting at…3 of those guys alone are the yankees top 3 prospects with Betences being arguable while Joba is arguably the prize arm in the whole org not named Mo