Brackman Wants to Finish Strong

Andrew Brackman knows he's got a few kinks to work out. He just isn't exactly sure what they are. The 24-year-old is experiencing some growing pains on his developmental path.

"I want to finish more games. My past couple of starts, I haven't been able to," Andrew Brackman said. "I need to finish games and finish strong. Towards the end I don't know if I get tired, or maybe because I just haven't pitched this many innings before."

If Brackman is having confusion about what the root of his problem is, his manager points out that he's got to figure it out.

"He needs to know," Thunder manager Tony Franklin said. "Because if you don't know, how are you going to fix it? He's got to know what his problem is."

The exceptionally tall - 6-foot-10 - Brackman is going through the process and believes it comes down to practice and repetition.

"I defiinitely feel it's a matter of getting more innings. Every time I take the mound I feel better."

He's had up and down results in his past few starts. Brackman is 2-6 with a 4.40 ERA at Double-A Trenton, after beginning the season at Single-A Tampa where he was 5-4 with a 5.10 ERA. In 43 innings of work at for the Thunder, he's allowed 45 hits, 21 earned runs and 19 walks.

Franklin isn't so sure that it's a matter of innings, but rather working on the fundamental aspects of pitching with coach Tommy Phelps.

"It think it's in his mechanics and his delivery and that's all going to help him be a little bit more successful," Franklin said of the Yankees 2007 first round pick.

Phelps has worked on those very issues with Brackman and they've put it down to some key areas.

"Staying closed in my wind-up. I'm learning to not worry about being perfect. He's also working with me on pitch selection," said Brackman.

Brackman has an excellent two-seam and four-seam fastball that consistently registers between 92-97 mph, and a curve that moves well. The changeup has potential, but is something he's putting more time in sharpening.

"Fastball command has definitely been coming around for me. I have a two-seam and a four-seam and the four-seam cuts a little bit...so I guess you could call it a cutter. And the curveball is fine."

Brackman knows that by developing a more consistent changeup for his repertoire, his fastball is improved as well.

"When my changeup is better I definitely see the difference in swings, when I go from a changeup to a fastball. I'm just having trouble commanding it and it's something I'm going to need to work on. That pitch has been back and forth. It's been alright and then it's not coming through for me."

The young pitcher feels the difference with every start, his mental strength growing with each opportunity.

"Every time I take the mound I feel more confident."

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\r\n \r\n\r\n\"I want to finish more games. My past couple of starts, I haven't been \r\nable to,\" Andrew Brackman said. \"I need to finish games and finish strong. \r\nTowards the end I don't know if I get tired, or maybe because I just \r\nhaven't pitched this many innings before.\"
\r\n
\r\nIf Brackman is having confusion about what the root of his problem is, \r\nhis manager points out that he's got to figure it out.
\r\n
\r\n\"He needs to know,\" Thunder manager Tony Franklin said. \"Because if you \r\ndon't know, how are you going to fix it? He's got to know what his \r\nproblem is.\"
\r\n
\r\nThe exceptionally tall - 6-foot-10 - Brackman is going through the process \r\nand believes it comes down to practice and repetition.
\r\n
\r\n\"I defiinitely feel it's a matter of getting more innings. Every time I \r\ntake the mound I feel better.\"
\r\n
\r\nHe's had up and down results in his past few starts. Brackman is 2-6 \r\nwith a 4.40 ERA at Double-A Trenton, after beginning the season at \r\nSingle-A Tampa where he was 5-4 with a 5.10 ERA. In 43 innings of work \r\nat for the Thunder, he's allowed 45 hits, 21 earned runs and 19 walks.
\r\n
\r\nFranklin isn't so sure that it's a matter of innings, but rather \r\nworking on the fundamental aspects of pitching with coach Tommy Phelps.
\r\n
\r\n\"It think it's in his mechanics and his delivery and that's all going \r\nto help him be a little bit more successful,\" Franklin said of the \r\nYankees 2007 first round pick.
\r\n
\r\nPhelps has worked on those very issues with Brackman and they've put it \r\ndown to some key areas.
\r\n
\r\n\"Staying closed in my wind-up. I'm learning to not worry about being \r\nperfect. He's also working with me on pitch selection,\" said Brackman.
\r\n
\r\nBrackman has an excellent two-seam and four-seam fastball that \r\nconsistently registers between 92-97 mph, and a curve that moves \r\nwell. The changeup has potential, but is something he's putting more \r\ntime in sharpening.
\r\n
\r\n\"Fastball command has definitely been coming around for me. I have a \r\ntwo-seam and a four-seam and the four-seam cuts a little bit...so I \r\nguess you could call it a cutter. And the curveball is fine.\"
\r\n
\r\nBrackman knows that by developing a more consistent changeup for his \r\nrepertoire, his fastball is improved as well.
\r\n
\r\n\"When my changeup is better I definitely see the difference in swings, \r\nwhen I go from a changeup to a fastball. I'm just having trouble \r\ncommanding it and it's something I'm going to need to work on. That \r\npitch has been back and forth. It's been alright and then it's not \r\ncoming through for me.\"
\r\n
\r\nThe young pitcher feels the difference with every start, his mental \r\nstrength growing with each opportunity.
\r\n
\r\n\"Every time I take the mound I feel more confident.\"
\r\n
\r\n

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