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Former N.C. State Pitcher About to Begin Throwing for Yankees

Posted January 12, 2008
Updated January 13, 2008

— Former North Carolina State pitcher Andrew Brackman is about to warm up for the New York Yankees.

The 6-foot-10 Brackman was the Yankees' first round pick in the amateur draft in June 2007. He was scheduled to start throwing from 90 feet next week.

Brackman had surgery on Aug. 24 and was expected to be sidelined between 12 and 18 months. He was one of two Yankee pitchers taking part in throwing programs after elbow ligament replacement surgery last year.

Brackman struggled with elbow injuries during his senior year at N.C. State, prompting Coach Elliott Avent to keep him from playing from May 12. That decision, though, probably helped improve Brackman's health – and preserve his status as a top 10 draft pick.

Brackman signed a 4 year, $4.5 million deal, plus a signing bonus of $3.3 million, with the Yankees on Aug. 15.

The contract could be worth $13.8 million if certain clauses and options are met – one being giving up basketball

Brackman began his unique career at N.C. State as a highly regarded prospect for both baseball and basketball. He played both sports his first two seasons.

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.

During his senior year, however, he decided to concentrate on baseball and not to play basketball despite repeated overtures from new Wolfpack coach Sidney Lowe.

That season, he Brackman had a 6-4 record with an earned-run average of 3.81. He struck out 74 batters and walked 37 in 78.0 innings.


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  • sweetsea Jan 14, 2008

    You state that he will start throwing from 90 feet next year. Isn't is 60'6"? Just curious.

  • Deacons Jan 13, 2008

    R from Raleigh, u are right, he is not from NC, he is from Ohio.

  • R from Raleigh Jan 13, 2008

    Hate to pop anyone's bubble about the "North Carolina boy" hit'in, git'in or whatever some of them yanks, but while a great NCSU athlete, I think he is from Ohio. Am I correct?

    And not to minimize the southern jargon - I have not seen any 6'10" "boys". Don't jump on me to quick, I am born and raised right here in Raleigh NC.

  • Deacons Jan 13, 2008

    Hummmm...sounds like he made the right decision to leave the State basketball program.

  • Common Sense Man Jan 13, 2008

    "HMMm,,, great opportunity,, wish him and the Yankees all the best,,but they might ought to let him pitch from 66 feet 6 inches like everybody else....Ninety feet??????"

    lol, it's called training

  • areyou.serious Jan 13, 2008

    "Good kid sells soul"

    Go SOX!!!!

  • Living and Loving in NC Jan 13, 2008

    I love North Carolina. As a transplant from NY I must say that I find it very gratifying to see this "son of North Carolina" pitching for the NY Yankees! :) I wish him much success!

  • mrcritic Jan 13, 2008

    Yes he does have a cannon.. guess what tarheelturtlehead, he will own the red sox very soon.

  • Kilroy Jan 13, 2008

    I wish Brackman the best, but cannot pull for the Yankees....:).

    GO RED SOX!!!

  • TarheelTurtle Jan 13, 2008

    This guy has an arm like a cannon. As a UNC grad and diehard Red Sox fan, hated watching him work over my boys in blue, hard to pull for a YANKME. I'm just glad he didn't play basketball this season!
    Should be interesting, best of luck to him, maybe they'll trade him to the SOX.