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Andrew Brackman (Tom Miller)


Biographical Data
Player Name:Andrew Brackman
Position:Starting Pitcher
School:North Carolina State
School Type:Four-Year College
Academic Class:Junior
Birthdate:12/04/85
Height:6'10"
Weight:230 lbs.
Bats:Right
Throws:Right
Report Date(s):02/09/07
Game(s):William & Mary
Scouting Video:

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Comments
Fastball:Brackman threw his fastballs 92-97 mph, both a two- and four-seamer.
FB Movement:His two-seamer had plus life and was effective in the zone.
Curve:Brackman features a knuckle curve that he throws 78-81 mph. It was inconsistent on Friday, largely because of the cold weather (35 degrees).
Changeup:Brackman threw his changeup in the 82-84 mph zone. It's an average offering he keeps around the strike zone.
Control:Brackman commanded his two-seamer extremely well, hititng the inside part of the plate at will. His command of his breaking stuff was less consistent.
Poise:Brackman competed very well and went right after hitters in his debut.
Physical Description:Big, former basketball player who shows impressive athleticism despite his size.
Medical Update:Healthy.
Strengths:Above-average velocity on his two- and four-seam fastballs, with plus command of the two-seamer.
Weaknesses:Command of his curve. Brackman will need to show he can throw his knuckle curve for strikes more consistently. It's a difficult pitch to command and while hitters in college will swing at it, professional hitters will lay off if it's out of the zone.
Summary:The concern with Brackman heading into his first full season as a baseball player only was how durable he would be. The former basketball standout had never spent an entire college season as a starting pitcher and he ended up being shut down with a tired arm late in the year. Still, the pure stuff, including a 97-mph fastball when hes 100 percent, intrigues many scouts and despite the inconsistent year, hes still in the first-round fray as more of a college project than an advanced arm.