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Yankee’s prospect Andrew Brackman is a giant.

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A bunch of us went to the Riverdog’s game on Thursday even though the weather forecast looked ominous. The rain held off though and our loyalty was rewarded with a Riverdog’s blowout of Lexington.

Since pretty much no one went to the game, we had the run of the place. At Joe Riley Park, the bullpens aren’t separate from the field so the pitchers sit with their backs on the bleacher barriers. We set up shop right behind Lexington’s pen. The guys are so close that you can ask, “Izquierda o derecha?” and you’re also far enough away that it’s perfect heckling territory. It’s a cool touch that reminds you that you’re at a minor league game and that these guys aren’t too big to talk to you or trade insults. Yet.

Speaking of big, Andrew Brackman is a friggin’ giant. I’m not kidding.

Andrew Brackman is tall.

Standing at 6’10”, he towers over everyone on the field by a good half foot. The picture above does him some justice, but I don’t think I’ve ever seen a taller, leaner, or lankier player at any level in baseball. He stands out so much from his colleagues that he reminds me of Randy Johnson (except his body flows and he doesn’t have a mullet) or Jon Rauch.

Ross Seaton took the mound for the Lexington Legends. While he is ranked the #3 prospect in the Astro’s system, that’s really not saying much. The Astro’s farm system is in shambles because of some disastrous drafts in recent years and is ranked 30th of the 30 MLB clubs.

But onto the game!

Each pitcher gave up a run in the first inning while they attempted to work out the kinks. From then on, Brackman dominated while Seaton struggled.

I’d been waiting to see Brackman pitch for most of the season, so I was focused on him during the game. He’s the Yankee’s #3 prospect despite not having pitched the last two years because of Tommy John surgery. That’s quite an indicator of how good the people at Baseball America think he is. He’s said to have a 97 mph fastball that’s touched 100 in the past, a big breaking curve, a knucklecurve, and a developing changeup. The only real mark against him is that scouts wonder if he’ll be able to consistently repeat his delivery because of his big frame.

Brackman used a great fastball and a diving curve to consistently fool batters through eight innings. I remember a bunch of swinging strikes on curveballs in the dirt and also on fastballs right down the pipe. He struck out six in the outing and walked just one.

I don’t remember an inning where his delivery looked out of sync. In terms of his physical delivery, he doesn’t quite do the “Inverted W,” which could bode well for future arm issues according to some.

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If Brackman turns out to be as good as some think he will, this will go down as a historic night as the 23-year-old earned his first professional victory.

Here’s his scouting report:

Fastball: While it touched 100 mph when he was pitching in the Cape Cod League in 2006, he hasn’t quite regained that velocity since his return from Tommy John. It consistently hovers around 94 and the pitch’s true range is 91-97 mph.

Curveball: Brackman throws two variations of curve. From my vantage point in the stands, it looked like he was throwing more of a traditional curve on Thursday. Some scouts think his darting knucklecurve is better. Each sits somewhere from 78-81 with big break.

Changeup: This is the pitch that will make or break Brackman, in my opinion. You can get by with two excellent pitches but a change thrown for strikes when combined with 95 mph heat is a dastardly combination. His pitch is clocking in at 82-84 mph.

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