Minor Matters: Cox, Warren Brackman

Game 64: Date with the Doc
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Your regularly scheduled DotF will be a little late tonight, so I’ll leave you some links to hold you over…

  • J.B. Cox is back. He struggled mightily after undergoing Tommy John surgery during the 2006-2007 offseason, and basically packed his bags and headed home to Texas last June to think about his future in baseball. Hopefully the time off rejuvenated his arm a bit and he can get back to being the strikeout/ground ball relief monster he was in 2006. It’s good to see J.B. back, he was always a personal fave.
  • Cox was assigned to High-A Tampa, taking the place of Adam Warren, who was placed on the 7-day disabled list. Apparently it’s nothing serious, more of an innings control kind of thing. He’s only scheduled to miss one start.
  • Andrew Brackman was reportedly sitting at 93 last night, touching 96 with his fastball. He’s also added a power slider to his repertoire, which registered as high as 87 yesterday. Kevin Goldstein backs those reports up (sub. req’d): “He’s been throwing an almost shocking number of strikes all season (7 BB in 55 IP), but his stuff is getting better and better, as the Yankees have put considerable work into nearly every aspect of his game and the results are finally showing up.  With a fastball suddenly getting up to 96 mph, two distinct breaking balls and a changeup, Brackman has allowed six runs over 29 innings in his last five starts while whiffing 34, and he’s back on the prospect map.”

The Yankees knew Brackman was going to be a long-term project when they drafted him in 2007, especially with Tommy John surgery on the immediate horizon. Now that he’s 20 or so months out from surgery, Brackman’s starting to come around and show everyone why he was so highly touted in the first place. It’s all about patience, people. If you don’t have any, don’t follow prospects.

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  • http://yanksdraftsandprospects.blogspot.com/ Jake H

    If Brackman can sit 93 and touch 96 with a plus breaking ball and 2 average pitches in a slider and change up he can be a huge prospect. I am drinking the Brackman cool aid and hope this is what we all really thought.

    • RalphieD

      lets pass this cool aid around….im thirsty for some brackman goodness….

      yea thats sounds bad…

      • http://yanksdraftsandprospects.blogspot.com/ Jake H

        It does but this kid had top 5 talent and while TJ is not as bad every person is different. Some can recover quicker than others.

    • poster

      So is Brackman still an Ace-type prospect?

      • http://yanksdraftsandprospects.blogspot.com/ Jake H

        I would say with his height and extension if he sits 93 to 96 that is hard to hit. Look at Jeff Neiman, his average fastball is 91.6 his fastball is 13.5 above average according to fangraphs. So if Brackman is sitting higher than that he should be at least close to that. If he has another plus pitch I think he could still have #2 potential maybe #1 if he starts to gain a little more velocity as he has done through the start of the season he might have #1 velocity. It also depends on if his command is plus to be an ace.

        • poster

          It seems as is he’s got really good command this season.

          • http://yanksdraftsandprospects.blogspot.com/ Jake H

            true but it is not even half a season yet. The guy didn’t have good control in college. His BB/9 in 3 years of college were 3.8. 6.0 and 4.3. His k/2 was 2/1 which isn’t great. I think we need to wait to see that he does it for at the very least a whole season control wise.

            • poster

              Yeah, true. Just pointing that out as a good sign, at least.

              • http://yanksdraftsandprospects.blogspot.com/ Jake H

                It is extremely encouraging really. Just think of this in more than half his inning total from last year Brackman has 7 BB’s. He had 76 total last year. If his control is for real watch out.

            • FL Yankee

              To be fair, while those BB/9 numbers may be indicative of his true talent level, those years were spent under the tutelage of college coaches as opposed to professional pitching coaches. Who knows where his BB/9 will sit at if he happens to put it all together? All hypothetical of course.

              • FL Yankee

                I am not arguing your point in any way. I’m just looking at it from a different perspective. Agreed on all points.

              • http://yanksdraftsandprospects.blogspot.com/ Jake H

                True to some extent. But keep in mind these are coaches that are paid too. You don’t get to be a college baseball coach and not know how to teach things. Some baseball programs actually make prospects. Vandy is one of them. Just because Rice destroys kids arms doesn’t mean that all are bad coaches.

                I will say that while he was at school he also was playing basketball so he didn’t focus on baseball. Now he has been so hopefully it’s paying off.

                • rbizzler

                  Plus, he was obviously pitching injured in his final season in college. I would assume and injury that required TJ would negatively impact command.

        • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CUvg7Empjfg Captain Jack

          Is it possible he gains some velocity in that fastball as the season goes on?

          • http://yanksdraftsandprospects.blogspot.com/ Jake H

            Yes with a gain in arm strength and having some heat in the arm to help them get lose it is possible. Look at CC. He gained velocity once it started to get warm. Also when a guy isn’t fighting himself and pitching into his mechanics he could add a touch more.

            • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CUvg7Empjfg Captain Jack

              Yeah I recall John Manuel’s “Randy Johnson from the right side” comment and thought that he could do better than 96.

  • http://www.twitter.com/stophamm3rtime Dela G

    holy jesus he touched 96!

    thats awesome. thanks for the scouting report, mike!

  • Stuckey

    Given it’s all coming together now, I can’t imagine Brackman has topped out velocity wise.

    And anyone see Betances line tonight?

    There are two really good professional pitching staffs in Tampa.

  • Reggie C.

    JB Cox use to set up for Huston Street back in the day at UT. Kinda sad those qualify as his glory days. I’m rooting for this long-time farmhand to come back strong and maybe see some ML time.

    So I guess its fair to assume that Brackman’s throwing mechanics are alot cleaner than they were last season and now with the arm stamina he’s built up, Brackman could only be tapping his skills. At 6’11, if Brackman can keep that high release point, that’s got to unnerve hitters.

    • A.D.

      Well he also shut the door for UT after Street graduated.

      • radnom

        Yeah but the fact that he setup for Street in college kinda puts things in perspective. It feels like Street has been up here for so long. Have to admire Cox for not giving up though.

  • Jim

    Unfortunate that Cox had such a rough outing his first time back. Hopefully, he keeps on working and gets back to his form like a few years ago!

  • phughesisgod

    The Tampa pitching staff with Warren, Betances, Brackman and Stoneburner is ridiculous. That staff has the potential to dominate night in and night out. Needless to say, I feel really good about our future pitching wise.

  • mikebk

    great news on Brackman and his recovery in prospect status. not to mention Betances pitched well again tonight. the Twin Towers are coming.

  • Salty Buggah

    The Brackmoney news made me feel really good. Let’s hope he keeps developing, pitching well, and stays healthy. If he gets anywhere bear his ceiling, that would be great.

  • pat

    Wow, they put Cox right into a game. Then he blew up.

  • Jim

    Yankees Prospect Starters tonight:

    AAA: Ivan Nova: 8 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 2 BB, 5 K
    AA: David Phelps: 7 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 0 BB, 7 K
    A+: Dellin Betances: 6 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 7 K
    A: Jose Ramirez: 5.1 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 3 BB, 4 K
    Total: 26.1 IP, 16 H, 5 R, 6 BB, 23 K

    Solid.

    • Gonzo

      Wow! Solid is too light of a word.

      • camilo gerardo

        stellar is a personal favorite

    • A.D.

      Phelps has absolutely killed it since going pro.

  • wilcymoore27

    Yes, a very, very good night for Yankee minor league starters tonight. The only glitch was Cox’s less-than-stellar return to the mound in Tampa. Absent that, we might have seen a System Sweep.

  • Kevin G.

    Man, too bad the Yankees have a better chance of drafting Jesus Christ than Brackman.

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

      You know how to cut to the core of me, Baxter Travis.

      • radnom

        If he reaches even 70% of his potential you are never going to live that down the rest of your blogging career.

  • Templeton “Brendog” Peck

    YOU HEAR THAT BO!