"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
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."
Brackman Wants to Finish Strong
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