Brackman A Scratch

North Carolina State junior righthander Andrew Brackman will not pitch this weekend against Clemson because of fatigue.

Brackman, a candidate to go among the top 10 players drafted in June, has struggled down the stretch in his first full season as a baseball player. His first two baseball seasons at N.C. State were delayed while the 6-foot-10 Brackman finished playing power forward for the Wolfpack basketball team, but this year he decided not to play hoops in order to focus on his baseball career. The increased workload has proven burdensome–Brackman threw just 71 innings combined over his first two years but has thrown 78 innings this year, going 6-4, 3.81 with 74 strikeouts and 37 walks. In his last start against Virginia, Brackman walked five batters and lasted just four innings, and one scouting director said he topped out at 87 mph. He hasn’t won since April 7 against Florida State.

An N.C. State official said Brackman has been cleared to play medically, but he is exhausted from the biggest workload of his life. The Wolfpack will rest him this weekend with the hope he’ll be stronger for the postseason. He figures to start in the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament next week in Jacksonville, Fla.