Despite conflicting reports on the internet, SFN has confirmed that former NC State hoops and baseball standout Andrew Brackman has been called up to the Major Leagues by the New York Yankees.Â
Former Moeller [HS] standout Andrew Brackman was called up by the Yankees today. He reports to New York on Tuesday.
Brackman was selected by the Yankees in the first round of the 2007 First-Year Player Draft after playing baseball at N.C. State.
Heâ€™s come a long way considering Brackman underwent reconstructive elbow surgery on Aug. 24, 2007.
Brackman was 10-11 with a 3.90 ERA this season at Tampa (A+ ball) and Trenton (AA ball), but he has continued to progress during the season.
Brackman seems to getting back on track after his Tommy John surgery – he has allowed only three runs in his last six appearances, and by all accounts is throwing the ball hard and has excellent command of his pitch location.Â Â After struggling last year and in the spring, Brackman’s performance has steadily improved, making many think that the big club has indeed given the call to one of their top prospects.
The New York Post seems to be making the most sense of this confusing story, as they are saying that Brackman will indeed go to the Bronx, but not be an active part of the Yankees’ roster for the time being:
Pitching prospect Andrew Brackman will join the major league team soon, but will not be activated. Brackman will be among a group of minor leaguers the Yankees bring to The Bronx to work with the coaches, go through drills and get a taste of life in the big leagues, something the Yankees do every year.
Should Brackman impress during these workouts, he may well be activated and pitch his Major League debut as the Yanks look for an extra arm to go into the playoffs.Â In his second straight start, rookie Ivan Nova cruised and then hit a sudden wall, giving many doubts that he will be on the post-season roster unless his performances improve.Â That would make now a perfect time for a resurgent Brackman to show his best stuff, as a roster spot may well have his named circled in it if he does.Â He may well be on his way, given recent performances:
[Brackman] put together a dominating performance in Trentonâ€™s 3-2, 10-inning win in Game 1 of the Eastern League Championship Series.Â In tossing five scoreless innings, allowing just one hit, he mixed a fastball that reach 98 with curve that could only be described as filthy.
Watching his progress over the past month, Brackman is re-emerging as a major prospect.