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This spring Brackman was the one name that everyone was talking about as the "surprise" of camp....

This spring Brackman was the one name that everyone was talking about as the "surprise" of camp. This is a kid that can hit 99 on the gun with the fastball and complement it with a knuckle curve and changeup. Reports indicate the velocity is back and he is polishing his repertoire. The struggles did continue earlier this year. April yielded a 13.50 ERA, but the walks were way down (1 in 8 innings). However, since the bad start, he has a 3.80 ERA in 52 innings, striking out 51 and, get this, walking only 8 batters. The command is spectacular which is a great sign. I would suspect we could see him getting a promotion from Tampa to Trenton before the end of the year.

Andrew Brackman righting the ship. Playing for the Yankee's high-A affiliate this season, Brackman has shaved five walks from his 2009 walk rate while striking out 8+ batters per 9 IP. His walk rate is lower than it was in college, pre-surgery, and this may be a sign that he's finally all the way back from injury. If so, he could move up in a hurry.
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