Andrew Brackman Assigned to Charleston’s Sally League Team

brackmanI’ve found another great reason to visit Charleston.  Besides my wife’s cousin and his wife — who are the best kind of people and are diehard Clemson folks, I may get a chance to see Andrew Brackman play in the minor leagues:

Six of the New York Yankee’s top 30 prospects, according to Baseball America, will be a part of the Charleston RiverDogs 2009 opening-day roster, the 26-time World Champion New York Yankees announced Monday.

Towering righty Andrew Brackman, rated No. 3 in the Yankees farm system by the publication and left-hander Manny Banuelos highlight the young prospects for the 2009 season in Charleston.


I’m sure Brackman will get plenty of road starts through his stay in the Class A league, which means there’s a very good chance he will be throwing in a ballpark near you if you are a resident of Georgia or North or South Carolina.  Here’s the current South Atlantic League Standings:

SAL Northern   W L PCT GB
  Kannapolis   9 3 .750
  Delmarva   6 4 .600 2.0
  Lakewood   6 5 .545 2.5
  Greensboro   6 6 .500 3.0
  Hickory   6 6 .500 3.0
  Hagerstown   5 5 .500 3.0
  Lake County   4 7 .364 4.5
  West Virginia   3 9 .250 6.0
    W L PCT GB
  Savannah   8 3 .727
  Greenville   7 5 .583 1.5
  Lexington   7 5 .583 1.5
  Charleston   6 5 .545 2.0
  Rome   6 5 .545 2.0
  Asheville   5 7 .417 3.5
  Bowling Green   5 7 .417 3.5
  Augusta   2 9 .182 6.0

I personally wouldn’t mind catching Brackman in Rome, Georgia — that’s where I played my prep school ball and had a little personal success.

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32 Responses to Andrew Brackman Assigned to Charleston’s Sally League Team

  1. triadwolf 04/21/2009 at 1:34 PM #

    I’d love to see Brackman pitch somewhere local. Being listed as a number 3 prospect after the surgery is a good thing. If the Yankees struggle this year and Brackman has a good season, he may end up in a MLB ballpark before the end of the season.

    I can’t help but torture myself imagining how different bball may have been if Brackman and Simmons had stayed. Brackman most likely made the best decision, but… Of course those two leaving was probably a big factor in our last coach deciding to move on. Oh well

  2. TheCOWDOG 04/21/2009 at 1:55 PM #

    Given good health, this is a key, not necessarily pivotal year for Brackman.

    Not only will he have to conquer the little guy the back of his head( arm surgery doubts), but must begin the process of learning how to pitch.

    He’s 0-2 right now and looking for his 1st professional win.

    Yanks need him, but it could be some time to reach the show.

    Hope he has a productive campaign.

  3. Gene 04/21/2009 at 2:02 PM #

    I don’t know if Brackman’s doing well or if the Yankee farm system is depleted, since they’ve not been making use of farm system talent for the past 10 years and are always going for the big free agent hire.

    As badly as the Yankees seem to be doing, if he stays healthy and starts producing, he may get a shot this year, if the Yankees have injuries in their bull pen or their starting pitching doesn’t improve.

  4. UpstateSCWolfpack 04/21/2009 at 2:13 PM #

    I plan to go see a Greenville Drive game when they play Charleston. Hopefully I can get his autograph on a State hat.

  5. Clarksa 04/21/2009 at 2:23 PM #

    I like how they casually throw in the “26-time World Champion” into their press release. We should do that in our basketball releases…for example:

    The Original
    RALEIGH, N.C. – NC State men’s basketball coach Sidney Lowe has announced the signing of forward Josh Davis (Raleigh, N.C.) to a National Letter of Intent this week in the spring signing period.

    The Revised
    RALEIGH, N.C. – The two time NCAA champion NC State men’s basketball team has announced the signing of forward Josh Davis (Raleigh, N.C.) to a National Letter of Intent this week in the spring signing period.

  6. triadwolf 04/21/2009 at 2:29 PM #


    You hit the nail right on the head. That is the difference in a professional running the marketing aspect of an organization vs. marketing being a additional job duty of an administrator.

    The current perceptions of NCSU exists because NCSU does nothing (at least nothing effective) to change them or create a new ones.

  7. Alpha Wolf 04/21/2009 at 2:31 PM #


    Don’t even get me started on our sports marketing. We have alums who have done advertising and PR for major league teams and currently for the PGA Tour, but somehow their expertise is unwelcome over at WSM. As a matter of fact, there is an advertisement in the current Golf Digest and Golf magazines that was created for the PGAT by a local firm owned by a State alumnus, but what the hell do they know about sports marketing?

    Good thing for WSM they had a no bid contract when it was last renewed.

  8. Thompson44 04/21/2009 at 2:58 PM #

    Once he signed with the Yankess he was dead to me. Go Redsox!!!!!!!

  9. TheCOWDOG 04/21/2009 at 3:32 PM #

    What Clarksa, Triad and Alpha just said was what I meant by getting the little things right and what McCallum said about the lack of finishing touch from my rant on the spring game.

    Where is the vision?

  10. Noah 04/21/2009 at 3:38 PM #

    Once he signed with the Yankess he was dead to me. Go Redsox!!!!!!!


  11. triadwolf 04/21/2009 at 4:13 PM #

    I’m a Phillies fan and that is where players typically go to die (except for the few years like last year), so by that standard Brackman is a man full of life in my eyes.

  12. TheCOWDOG 04/21/2009 at 4:13 PM #

    Two words….Bucky Dent.

    Aw hell. That doesn’t work. You 2 (Noah,T44) are probably too young for that zinger.

    20 dingers in a four game series. Maris might have hit 80 sans roids. Ruth 79. Mattingly in the HOF.

    Sweet Lou Pinella saw it early in a spring season ending game. “… Wind tunnel.”

    A Yankee since birth, Phillie by the shot they gave me… Brack’ might be better off in the City of Brotherly Love now.

  13. highstick 04/21/2009 at 4:42 PM #

    I’m with you on the Yankee thing, Cowdog. But I came from an era that you were either a Yankees fan or a Brooklyn Dodgers fan…There were no other teams, just somebody to “warm up with during the regular season”!

    Granted, Steinbrenner has ticked me off so many times that I can’t count them.

    It really hurt me when I was about 7 or 8 eight years old starting to play organized Little League baseball and I was not selected to be on the Yankee team and had to play for the lowly Cardinals!

  14. TheCOWDOG 04/21/2009 at 5:35 PM #

    ‘Stick, to live and die for the Yankees is a wonderful thing.

    To live and die for the Pack is too.

    To live and die for the Bosox? There’s always the Charles River. 🙂

  15. Noah 04/21/2009 at 5:36 PM #

    Aw hell. That doesn’t work. You 2 (Noah,T44) are probably too young for that zinger.

    No. Sadly. No. Off Mike Torrez.

    Jim Rice was the guy who got me to be a Red Sox fan (along with Dale Murphy), so I remember watching and seeing Yaz slump against the Monster.

    I didn’t see the Boston Massacre earlier that year, thankfully.

  16. Gene 04/21/2009 at 6:55 PM #

    Brack’ might be better off in the City of Brotherly Love now.

    I concur Hammels, Rollins, Utley and Howard all came out of the Phillies farm system. I can’t think of the last all-star or quality starter who came out of the Yankee’s farm system. The Phillies are always looking to get quality starting pitching in place. Moyer’s, the number three starter is 46 years old. At some point he has to retire, which will open up a need for another starter.

    The Yankee’s farm system hasn’t produced top talent in about 10-15 years. This isn’t the same farm system that produce Jeeter, Williams, etc. from what I’ve seen.

    I have mixed feelings about anyone in the Yankee’s farm system right now because Steinbrenner seems set on spending money on big name, high price, free agents rather than look to his minor league teams for future talent and his been doing this for most of this decade.

  17. Thompson44 04/21/2009 at 7:11 PM #

    Sadly I do remember Bucky F***** Dent and Aaron F***** Boone, and I loathe the Yankees. Have been a Sox fan for 34 years and when I got the Tattoo it cost me my marriage. I am a die hard, but I am also a Diehard Pack fan since birth. So remember the proud years of the Spankees and enjoy the Curse of Purple Lipped A-Roid, sorry A-Rod.

    Redsox Nation is alive on the Packs Best information Source.

  18. redfred2 04/21/2009 at 8:55 PM #

    Oh and BTW, now there a nice shot of Andrew Brackman’s great times at NC State, playing BASKETBALL no less, how quaint.

  19. TheCOWDOG 04/21/2009 at 9:34 PM #

    See…? There is good banter that can go on in the most intellegent blog in the universe that is not a message board.

  20. Alpha Wolf 04/21/2009 at 10:18 PM #

    Me, as a lifelong Braves fan, I am by no means a Yankee fan. I got my Braves love long before it became chic in the early 1990’s. I was cursed with it in the 1970’s and 1980’s and it paid off — finally — when “my” team won their only championship in the 90’s.

    That said, I am a Brackman fan and wish him every success except when he pitches against Atlanta in those god-awful inter-league games. Yeah, I am a purist, but that’s how I was raised.

  21. Noah 04/22/2009 at 5:52 AM #

    Dale Murphy was the OTHER guy that I followed as a kid…so I pulled for the Braves in the NL. Yeah, the 80s were a lot of fun.

    Biff Pocaroba, Jerry Royster, Andres Thomas, Craig McMurtury, Rick Camp, Terry Harper…

    Those were ALMOST as much fun as the Bosox teams with Tom Brunansky.

  22. BJD95 04/22/2009 at 7:36 AM #

    I remember getting kicked out of the local baseball card store as a kid for commenting that Dale Murphy was overrated.

    I wish the Yankees and Red Sox would just start their own damned league so I didn’t have to hear about either one ever again.

    I grew to like the Braves as “loveable losers” but have always been primarily a Cardinals fan (liked their speed/defense style in the early 80s).

  23. Noah 04/22/2009 at 8:24 AM #

    The 1985 and 1987 Cards team was fun. Vince Coleman, Willie McGee, Tommy Herr, Jack Clark, Andy Van Slyke, Terry Pendleton (after they traded Ken Oberkfel to the Braves), Ozzie Smith and Tom Nieto.

    The rotation had John Tudor, Joaquin Andujar, Danny Cox aaaand…Bob Forsch maybe? Bruce Sutter had gone over to the Braves and had his arm fall off so…Todd Worrell? Was he the closer?

    The 1985 series with the Royals was awesome (even if it did get decided on a blown call). Lemme see if I can remember their lineup…

    1B Steve Balboni?
    2B Frank White
    SS UL Washington and his toothpick?
    3B George Brett
    LF ?
    CF Willie Wilson
    RF Darrell Motley

    They had Saberhagen as their ace and Dan Quissenbury as their closer. Was Larry Gura still pitching with them? Leibrandt was on that team. Mark Gubizca was on that team too, I think.

    The 1987 series against the Twinkies was another great one.

  24. Gene 04/22/2009 at 8:34 AM #

    The 1987 series against the Twinkies was another great one.

    If there’s a team I hate truly hate in pro-sports it’s the Twins, primarily because they somehow got homefield advantage in the play offs against the Tigers in 1987 (I used to live in Ann Arbor, until 1984 so I naturally was a devout Tigers fan then), even though they had the worst record of any of the play off teams.

    I swear to this day, if the Tigers had home field advantage they’d have won. Coming of a very tough, down to the wire, head-to-head show down with the Blue Jays for the AL East pennant was emotionally draining, in my opinion.

    Having to open the next series in the Metrodome just took the wind out of their sales.

  25. BJD95 04/22/2009 at 8:49 AM #

    I think it was the 1987 Cardinals that was in “RBI Baseball” for Nintendo. They were a fun video game team because everybody but Jack Clark could steal bases at will. The video game version of Tudor was awesome.

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