Brackman goes back to the basics

Baseball, Barbecue, Beer and Burgers: A Travelogue
Game 126: No A-Rod Again

It’s been a disappointing season for 2007 first round pick Andrew Brackman to say the least, and he hit rock bottom in a nine walk, ten out start on July 29th. As Tim Bontemps writes, that outing caused Brackman to reevaluate things and get back to worked for him before. “You’re looking for help, and I guess the only person who can help you is yourself,” said Brackman, who decided to go back to his old college delivery. “It’s just feeling comfortable. I guess I just wasn’t comfortable with my mechanics at the beginning of the season, and now I am.”

The biggest difference between his current (college) motion and his old delivery from earlier in the season is the placement of his hands. Before they were right around his belt when he started his motion, now they’re up higher around his chest. “Even in my bullpen sessions, my command has been 100 times better,” added Brackman. “Even just tossing, I can hit the man in the chest. It’s so difficult when you’re out there and you’re throwing it over the guy’s head and into the stands when you’re playing catch.  It just feels natural now. I’m actually throwing the ball.” You can see the old delivery here, but unfortunately the MLB.com draft video of his college days appears to have been taken down. The (very) early returns are promising, but we’ve got a long, long way to go before seeing if any real improvement has been made.

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Baseball, Barbecue, Beer and Burgers: A Travelogue
Game 126: No A-Rod Again
  • jon

    I don’t get why he would change that in the first place

    • http://bleedingyankeeblue.com Jesse

      Ha I was just thinking the same thing.

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

        He was probably instructed to by one of his various minor league managers/coaches/pitching specialists.

        Probably in an effort to give him better velocity, command, or a healthier, cleaner throwing motion, based on a combination of a history of other pitchers making that change beneficially, trial and error, and blind hunches.

        Some changes obviously work, and some can be counterproductive. It’s worth noting, though, that Brackman presumably had the new “pro” delivery that he just scrapped during 2010, when he pitched well, so it’s not like the change he just abandoned never bore any fruit.

        Pitching isn’t a science, it’s a dark art.

  • http://www.thefatladyblog.com JoshTFL

    When changes like that are made, it’s mainly due to timing. The Yanks felt, apparently, that the timing of the separation of his hands or whatever could be improved. Wish I could get in the minds of those coaches, though.

  • mbonzo

    My bet, his college delivery is probably pretty tough on his elbow/shoulder.

    • Mike Myers

      thats what I thought too….but I have no idea what im talking about

  • Gonzo

    Was he Matzek’d?

  • mbonzo

    If this is true, you have to think hell be a september callup after posting a low 3 ERA in his last 25ip.

  • MikeD

    When did they change his motion? This year? Last year? Several years ago? Whatever he was doing last year seemed to work. No matter. If he feels more comfortable and he’s getting better results, then he should stick with it.

  • A.D.

    Hopefully that’s all it takes, and at least the velo is back because he he goes back to wild and in the 80s, all hope is lost

  • Joe

    His old delivery looks weak

  • Will (the other one)

    Hey, why not? I’d say anything that makes Brackman more comfortable on the mound at this point has to be a no-questions-asked good thing.

  • wtf is this post

    bla bla bla… just throw the ball.

    • NYinTX

      Thank you for your enlightening commentary.

  • Urban

    The article says he also hit 96. Maybe they tried to adjust his mechanics to decrease the odds of another arm injury. Better to just let him go out and throw and hope to get some value from him.

  • Ed

    Here’s video from last season.

    He’s starting with his hands a chest level. So it looks like the change to waist level was made this year. Wonder why it took them this long to decide to go back to the old delivery.

  • Dicka24

    Oh my is he one tall individual. You read all the time how he’s 6’10 or so, but until you see him on that mound, you don’t quite grasp how big that is.