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Whatever Happened to Andrew Brackman

Andrew Brackman was a freshman in the 2004-2005 basketball and baseball seasons of N.C. State.

As a freshman on the basketball team in 2004-05 Brackman average 7.4 points per game, 3.5 rebounds per game, shot .470 from the field, shot .360 from the three point line, and shot .806 from the free throw line.

Brackman was named Co-Player of the week as follows, the following being taken from an article on December 20, 2004 in GoPack.com:

NC State's Andrew Brackman is being recognized for his play in the Wolfpack's games against Louisiana-Lafayette and Washington last week. The 6-10 forward from Cincinnati has been named Co-ACC Rookie of the Week along with North Carolina's Marvin Williams. In two games last week, Brackman averaged 17.0 points and 4.5 rebounds, while also shooting 70 percent from the floor.

With regard to the game against UNC on February 22, 2005, the following was written about Brackman in GoPack.com:

Down 49-39 with 13:17 left, the Wolfpack (15-11, 5-8) got eight straight points from freshman forward Andrew Brackman during an 11-4 run that cut UNC's advantage down to three points at 53-50 with 10:38 remaining.


In the 2005 ACC tournament quarter finals game Brackman scored 16 points, and followed this with a three point shot against UCONN in the round of 32, NCAA tournament, with 1:05 left to play giving State a four point lead. State went on the win and advance to the sweet sixteen.

As a freshman Brackman joined the baseball team on March 26, 2005 and at the conclusion of the basketball season. He went 4-0 and had an ERA of 2.25. Brackman against UNC on April 29, 2005 pitched seven innings giving up 3 earned runs while walking two and striking out 12.





The following was written about Brackman and the upset of Miami in the first round of the ACC baseball tournament on May 25, 2005 in GoPack.com:

Brackman, a 6-foot-10 freshman who started 14 games for North Carolina State's basketball team this year, went seven innings and allowed the six hits while striking out five. Brackman, who didn't join the baseball squad until late March, hiked his record to 4-0 after pitching a total of 32 innings in five previous starts this year.

As a sophomore, Brackman while playing for the basketball team average 7.6 points per game, 3.5 rebounds per game, shot .506 from the field, shot .333 from the three point line, and shot .744 from the free throw line.

Between the end of his freshman year and the start of his sophomore year Brackman ballooned from 205 pounds to 235 pounds. Anyone who watched Brackman play his sophomore year would realize that while he was bigger and stronger, he had lost his "hops", quickness and speed. While Brackman's stats during his sophomore basketball year were similar to those during his freshman year, he just was not the same.

The following was written at WRAL.com on January 13, 2008 in an article entitled "Former N.C. State Pitcher About to Begin Throwing for the Yankees":

As a freshman, he joined the baseball team late after basketball season and showed immense potential. He made three appearances in relief and had a 1.29 ERA. As a starter, he was a stellar 4-0 with a 2.25 ERA.

But as a sophomore, he gained weight for basketball and was not as effective once he put on baseball cleats. He pitched just seven times before a stress fracture ended his season.

On May 17, 2006 GoPack.com reported that Brackman due to a stress fracture in his left hip would be out for the rest of the baseball season. Brackman finished with a 1-3 record, a 6.35 ERA, 32 strikeouts and 19 walks.

Despite constant pressure by new men's basketball coach Sidney Lowe, Brackman chose to concentrate on baseball his junior year.
Brackman had a 3.81 ERA his junior year, a 6-4 record, 74 strikeouts and 37 walks.
Again, Brackman's baseball season ended early due to discomfort in his elbow. He last pitched on May 12, 2007.

Despite Brackman's elbow injury, he was drafted in the 2007 first round by the New York Yankees. Brackman ended his career at State with a 11-7 record and 3.8 ERA while striking out 149 in 149.1 innings. Brackman signed with New York for 3.35 million dollars and had elbow ligament replacement surgery on August 24, 2007.

Brackman's history and stats with the Yankees is as follows (taken from FanStats):

Year Class W-L ERA K/9 BB/9

2009 A 2-12 5.91 8.69 6.41
2010 A+ 5-4 5.1 8.40 1.35
2010 AA 5-7 7.81 3.35 2.90
2011 AAA 3-6 6.00 7.03 7.03 (so 75, walks 75, 96 innings)

Brackman was called up to the Yankees in September of 2011 after he settled into relieve pitching earning a FIP (Fielding Independent Pitching) of 4.48 in 36.2 innings pitched. With the Yankees he pitched 2.1 innings giving up one hit and three walks. On November 11, 2011 the Yankees declined Brackman's 2012 option making him a free agent. Brackman signed with the Cincinnati Reds. Brackman,s stats (taken from FanStats) with the Reds are as follows:

Year Class W-L ERA K/9 BB/9
2012 A+ 0-1 5.68 7.58 5.68
2012 AAA 1-3 9.87 6.75 8.31

Despite the fact that Brackman stated in an article in the "bleacher report" entitled "Cincinnati Reds: Andrew Brackman Damaged Goods or Potential Star?" that he was 100 per cent certain that he had the walk thing fixed, it appears that he does not.

The question of whatever happened to Andrew Brackman remains. His potential as a basketball and baseball player was evident. Did his weight gain between his freshman and sophomore years at N.C. State which might have led to a hip stress fracture and elbow ligament damage derail him, or is Brackman as a pitcher just plain wild?

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