Analysts: Brackman a "Tremendous" Pick

NC State pitcher Andrew Brackman was selected No. 30 overall in the first round of the 2007 MLB Draft by New York, and analysts are saying he is a tremendous pick for the Yankees.

NC State pitcher Andrew Brackman was selected No. 30 overall in the first round of the 2007 MLB Draft by New York, and analysts are saying he is a tremendous pick for the Yankees.

"In my mind, this is a tremendous pick for the Yankees," ESPN analyst Peter Gammons said on ESPN2 following the selection.

"A healthy Brackman I still think could have come all the way down to the Yankees because of his two-sport ability," said Baseball America Executive Editor Jim Callis. "Maybe the Yankees and maybe the Red Sox would have gone in on this one."

"When I saw him on the Cape last summer, [Brackman] was tremendous," said Scouts Inc.'s Keith Law. "He was deiscribed by one veteran scout next to me as Chris Young with better stuff.

"For the Yankees to grab a guy like this with the 30th pick is a tremendous pick. It's just a tremendous pick and a good use of their resources as well."

Brackman suffered an elbow injury that caused him to slip in the draft. As late as February he was projected by most as a top-five pick, but the recent injury caused concern among MLB teams.

Brackman finished his junior season with a 6-4 record and a 3.81 ERA.


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