Yankees promote Andrew Brackman to Double-A


Via Josh Norris, 2007 first rounder Andrew Brackman has been promoted to Double-A Trenton. The 6-foot-10 righthander has rebounded from a disastrous 2009 campaign to post a 2.84 ERA (eerily enough, also a 2.84 FIP) in his last eight starts (44.1 IP). More importantly, he’s walked just nine batters in 60 IP (1.35 BB/9) all season after walking 76 in 106.2 IP (6.41 BB/9) last year. He gets the ball tomorrow.

Congrats to Brackman, it’s great to see him improve so much as he gets further away from Tommy John surgery.

Categories : Asides, Minors
  • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder
  • http://www.richardiurilli.com Richard Iurilli
  • http://www.twitter.com/stophamm3rtime Dela G

    great job brackman. keep on movin on

  • Gonzo

    I hope he can show some brilliance early on for his confidence.

    Mike, what’s his innings limit this year? Think he might tire later in the season?

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

      After 106.2 IP last year, he’s good for 125-135 this year. Shouldn’t be an issue.

      • Gonzo

        Sweet, thanks!

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

    this is andrew brackman after he heard the promotion


  • Yanks99

    Is there any way to find out how the pitching rotations line up for minor league orgs?

    Also, do you think Betances and Stoneburner will be moved up soon? What will they do – seems to be a logjam there.

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

      Just guess work for finding out the rotations, really. Look at who last pitched when, and go from there.

      No for Betances, he’s just three starts back from TJS. Let him catch his breath. Stoneburner might get bumped up in August or so, maybe just for the playoffs.

      • Gonzo

        Betances had the same surgery as Mo! Can the FO make ulnar adjustement surgery mandatory?

        • http://www.theyankeeu.com/author/steve-s/ Nostra-Artist

          Mo said that his strength came back all at once, and I’ve heard Stick say that he was better than he ever was before the surgery.

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

      Betances probably won’t be moved. He needs to just pitch for a while without getting hurt.

      Stoneburner is a better candidate to jump up a level, but not until later, possibly September when rosters expand and some of the Scranton guys move up and open some spots.

      • http://www.theyankeeu.com/author/steve-s/ Nostra-Artist

        Dellin seems to have this tag as always being hurt, as if he’s another Christian Garcia. But outside of the elbow issue, I can’t recall any other serious injuries.

        Anyone have his health history handy?

        • http://www.yfsf.org AndrewYF

          You mean besides his nagging elbow injuries that eventually required surgery? Yeah, nothing to worry about there.

  • http://www.facebook.com/pages/Bring-Melvin-To-America/193013541601?ref=sgm Andy In Sunny Daytona

    I would assume that Manny Banuelos is replacing him in the rotation very soon. AWESOME.

    The Death Star is coming along just fine.

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

      Somewhere, Lanny sheds a single tear into his glass of lemonless lemonade.

      • Rick in Boston

        We need the RABbis to let him come back, just for one day, after Brackman dominates in his MLB debut.

    • Chip

      And the Tampa rotation will continue to be completely and utterly ridiculous

  • Frigidevil

    Nice nice, now I can see him sometime this summer

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

      Oh, it’s all about you, isn’t it, you SELFISH SON OF A B#$%&!!!

      I’m sorry for yelling.

    • Nickel

      lol Frig…I was thinking the same thing. I live about 40 minutes from Trenton and try to make it to at least a few games every summer.

  • bonestock94

    Sweet, moving on up

  • Accent Shallow

    Looks like be making another pilgrimage to Trenton this year.

  • vin

    Do we have an ETA on Warren’s promotion? I assume he would be the next guy to get the bump.

  • zzzzzz

    double A is the true test of talent right? if he does a very good/great job here he would probably be solid in the bigs eventually?

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

      It’s probably the biggest concentration of elite prospects.

      AAA is half-full of filler and veteran emergency short term replacements.

      • Chip

        Which makes Phelps dominance this year even more impressive

      • http://www.theyankeeu.com/author/steve-s/ Nostra-Artist

        Right, but even washed up MLB vets are still a step above most AA players. Marginal major leaguers can dominate AAA.

        • Chip

          See Duncan, Shelley

        • Brian in NH

          He’s not saying that AAA players aren’t as good as AA players…he’s saying its the highest concentration of elite prospects. This is sort of a mini-crucible where elite prospects can really impress because a lot of these guys could one day be MLB guys.

          Having success at the AAA level is important too because this is where you’re more likely to see close to ML level talents, both fillers/emergency fill-in guys who can have some modicum of production in The Show, and also re-habbing major leaguers, as well as good prospects.

    • http://www.facebook.com/pages/Bring-Melvin-To-America/193013541601?ref=sgm Andy In Sunny Daytona

      Casey Kelly’s pwnage of the Eastern League proves the type of talent in AA. The whole league doesn’t stand a chance.

      • Accent Shallow

        This just inspired me to look up his stats and smile. K/BB ratio looks ok, but I don’t think a top prospect should be allowing so many hits.

        • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

          To make it fair, every third batter he faces gets to have the ball literally placed on a tee.

        • http://www.facebook.com/pages/Bring-Melvin-To-America/193013541601?ref=sgm Andy In Sunny Daytona

          Theo has been encouraging him to work on his left hand, Venditte style. While Pat has been doing the switch pitching thing his whole life, Casey started this spring. He throws 95 from the left, but its straight as an arrow. The fully expect him to reach, not triple digits, but quadruple digits by early next spring.

          • Gonzo

            Is Peter Gammons allowed to post here?

  • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com/ bexarama

    I don’t really have anything to add but yay Brackman!

  • Chip

    So does this put De La Rosa in the bullpen?

    • pat

      It should, he’s been turrible this year.

  • http://twitter.com/JoeySSL JoeyH

    Better late than never I suppose.

    • steve (different one)

      how “late” was this?

    • Brian in NH

      Especially considering he’s on his way back from TJ surgery. Yankees knew this was going to be a developmental project. I guess the average age is around 24-25 for AA so its not like he’s too far behind at this point.

  • Chris0313

    My dream rotation of Banuelos, Brackman, Betances, Stonebrunner, Warren…:( for naught.

    • W.W.J.M.D.

      With Melvin closing.

    • Pete

      This is why I like baseball so much. Not only can we have “dream rotations”, wherein five players playing the same position equals one rotation, but we can have dream rotations in the minor leagues – three levels down. In no other sport would people care about anybody who is likely three years away from the big leagues, let alone five players of whom chances are not particularly great of ever even making the bigs, let alone succeeding there.

      Soccer can suck it.

      • steve (different one)

        This is true. No one watches college football or basketball.

        • Pete

          that’s not the same, though. A) most of the players who will get drafted are not 3 or more years away, B) the teams are not directly affiliated with NFL or NBA teams – you’re not following the individual progress of five or ten players because you’re excited about what they might do for your team in 3 years, you’re following the success of that team, because you’re a fan of that team, separately from your pro squad of choice.

          The differences between college sports and the minors are subtle, but huge.

      • Brian in NH

        I wouldn’t say soccer can suck it. I’m not a huge soccer fan really but I love the world cup. And the games have been very exciting (except New Zealand yesterday zzzzzz)

        I think each sport has something unique to love about it. Just because you don’t love some of that sports uniqueness doesn’t mean it can “suck it”

  • Carlosologoist

    Somewhere, Bo committed seppuku.

  • Mattchu12

    I know we all know that a starter is more valuable than a reliever, but when I read about the Brackmonster, I can’t help but imagine him with the potential to what Joba is in our bullpen now. Very excited to hear this news, I’ve always been a fan of him. Can’t wait to see how he handles Trenton.

    • whozat

      Why wouldn’t you be more excited at the notion of him pairing with Hughes at the front of the rotation?

    • Pete

      “I can’t help but imagine him with the potential to what Joba is in our bullpen now”

      a mediocre, inconsistent middle reliever? that’s exciting…

      *note: not a B-Jobber or a Joba-hater, just that half the reason Joba is in the pen at all right now (the other half being Phil Hughes’s Sainthood) is that he is nowhere near as effective as he used to be right now. I, for one, believe that a “regression” of his stuff and command back to his old dominance would correspond to a “regression” to his former ability to dominate as a starter, and would thereby correspond to a move back to the rotation

  • Brian

    We’ve seen couple-week-old reports about ManBan returning, right? But it could be that Tampa is Betances, Warren, Stoneburner, Hall, and Kontos for now.