With 27 prospects in the books in Thunder Thoughts look at the Yankees top 30 farmhands as rated by Baseball America, it’s time to look at a pitcher who has yet to throw a single, official minor league pitch.
#3 Andrew Brackman
Height: 6′ 10″
Weight: 270 lbs.
Age At Start of 2009 Season: 23
Career statistics: None
Highest Level Reached: N/A
The former two-sport stud at NC State — he’s 6′ 10″, it was basketball — has yet to register any statistics thanks to Tommy John surgery and an appendectomy. He throws a fastball that’s touched 100 MPH, and two versions of his plus curveball. Already signed to a big league contract and on the 40-man roster, Yankees officials would love to see what Brackman can do over the course of a full season, but are also very likely to put him on a relatively small innings limit, based on his injury history and inexperience.
Thunder ETA: 2009
Is anyone not salivating at the thought of Andrew Brackman pitching at Waterfront Park? The Yankees first round pick in 2007, it seems the day would never come when he would appear in a Thunder uniform after two seasons without throwing a single official pitch. The huge, hard throwing righty is expected to start the season at either Charleston or Tampa, but at 23 years old and with the investment the Yankees have in him, it seems very, very likely that Brackman will be in Trenton at some point during the 2009 season.
Mike Ashmore, mashmore98 AT gmail.com