White Sox Add N.C. State Product…
On January 24, the Chicago White Sox signed a two-sport athlete from N.C. State.
His name is Andrew Brackman, a 6’10” right-handed pitcher, who played both basketball and baseball for the Wolfpack.
Brackman, 27, had a solid career at N.C. State, but towards the end, battled injuries. During his sophmore year of baseball, Brackman suffered a stress fracture to his hip and he was limited to only seven games. Despite the injury, Brackman took his talents to the Cape Cod League that summer and his hard-work earned him recognition in Baseball America as the league’s number two prospect. Despite his earlier injuries, he was selected by the New York Yankees as the 30th overall pick in the 2007 draft.
Next, Brackman and the Yankees agreed on a guaranteed $4.5 million deal for four years, including a $3.55 million signing bonus spread out over six years. Brackman never got to pitch in 2007 and in August of that year, he underwent Tommy John surgery. Due to the surgery and recovery period, Brackman missed all of the 2008 season as well.
The Cincinnati, OH native finally made his pro debut in 2009 with Charleston (A). In 29 games, 19 starts, Brackman posted a 2-12 mark with a 5.91 ERA. He pitched 106.2 innings pitched and struck-out 103 batters.
A year later, he showed improvement. As a member of the Tampa Yankees (A+) and Trenton Thunder (AA), Brackman combined to compile a 10-11 mark with a 3.90 ERA. In 140.2 innings pitched, he fanned a career-best 126 batters.
In 2011, Brackman continued to move up the organizational ladder with the Bronx Bombers. After pitching for Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, he earned his first promotion to the Bigs. On September 22, 2011, Brackman made his Major League debut with the Yankees and was sharp on the hill. Pitching against the Tampa Bay Rays, he tossed 1.1 scoreless innings, allowing just one hit. Brackman appeared in three games that season with the Yanks and did not allow a run (2.1 IP).
After the 2011 season, the Yankees declined Brackman’s option however, and the former N.C. State product became a free agent. On January 4, 2012, Brackman signed a contract with his hometown Cincinnati Reds.
As a member of the Reds’ organization, Brackman posted a 2-6 mark with a 6.71 ERA (63.0 IP) over two classifications (Single-A Bakersfield and Triple-A Louisville).
Now, Brackman is a member of the White Sox organization. So where will he end up in 2013? Stay tuned!