Andrew Brackman is considered to be one of the top pitching prospects in the Yankees farm system. The Yankees have high hopes that he will succeed. He, along with Manny Banuelos and Dellin Betances are considered the "three B's" of the Yankees farm system.
For some players, being a top prospect for the Yankees is a lot of pressure but that is gone for Brackman.
"I used to [feel pressure] but I don't really read into that anymore," Brackman said. "I feel that once you've made it to the Triple-A level, everyone has a chance."
Brackman has been invited to the Yankees Spring training for three years now. For any young player, spring training is a great place to get a taste of the majors while also getting the same quality coaching. Brackman says that for him, spring training is "exciting."
"I've learned so much over the last spring trainings," Brackman said. "Spring training is a place to get ready and go out and get ready for the season, but you learn more during the season because you see people play."
Brackman worked hard during the spring to get ready for the new season and to make a good amount of progress.
"I was happy with [the progression]. I have a little more work to do but I was happy with the way the spring went," Brackman said.
Although Brackman was happy with his progress, he did have a minor setback to his spring training. He suffered a groin injury that held him out of spring training games for ten days.
This injury was a scare to Brackman and the coaches because he has been prone to injury in the past.
"It wasn't a major injury," said Brackman. "Sitting out for those two weeks, your mind just races and you think things that you shouldn't think."
The injury did not turn out to be too serious. Brackman says that he is completely healthy from that injury now and that it was just a "two week thing." The Yankees were cautious with him during the spring and you cannot blame them considering what he could mean to them in a few years.
The one thing the injury may have hurt was Brackman's chances to go to the Bronx with the team. The Yankees had two spots open in their starting rotation and one spot as the long reliever in the bullpen and Brackman had an outside shot at winning one of them.
"I was throwing the ball well then, the new pitching coach [Larry Rothschild] liked what he saw, and I had a couple of good outings and [batting practices]," said Brackman. "Even if I didn't have a shot I'd like to think I did. Just to boost some confidence up for me."
Whether he had a shot or not, Brackman's main reason for being in spring training was for him to gain more experience and get better as a pitcher.
"I need to develop my changeup a little better and my fastball command," Brackman said.
Brackman says that his changeup is coming slowly but he said that he is pleased with how his fastball command has come along. He has had a slow start to the 2011 season. He currently has a 2-2 record with a 5.81 ERA and a .286 batting average against which leads the international league. He is not worried though.
"It's a slow start. Hopefully when the weather warms up, my arm will start warming up too. You just have to keep grinding it out every day," said Brackman.
Brackman Not Worried About Slow Start
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