Yankees To Send Brackman to Hawaii

Andrew Brackman’s first exposure to pro baseball will come later this month when the Yankees’ 2007 first-round draft pick debuts in Hawaii Winter Baseball. The 30th overall pick in ’07, he has not pitched in the minors since undergoing Tommy John elbow ligament replacement surgery.

His addition to the roster comes as the league readies for its Sept. 27 opener, with the circuit to last through Nov. 16.

Five first-round selections from the 2008 draft, headlined by Giants catcher Buster Posey, already are in line to head to Hawaii.

The other first-round picks include Reds first baseman Yonder Alonso, Astros catcher Jason Castro and Mets shortstop/outfielder Reese Havens. Yankees lefthander Jeremy Bleich, a first-round supplemental pick, also has been added. They were selected seventh, 10th, 22nd and 44th overall in June’s draft.

Brackman was announced along with Reds shortstop Todd Frazier, the 34th overall selection in ’07; and Athletics outfielder Corey Brown, the 59th selection in 2007.

Unfortunately for Brackman, an elbow injury suffered in May 2007 while he was at North Carolina State has prevented the 6-foot-10, 240-pound righthander from competing in the minors the past two summers.

Despite the injury occurring just ahead of the draft that season, the Yankees signed him to a major league contract worth $4.5 million on top of a $3.35 million bonus.

Brackman touched 99 mph in the Cape Cod League two years ago and in his junior season at NC State was consistently at 94 mph. He also has a spike curveball and showed a feel for a changeup.

Meanwhile, Frazier this season hit .291/.368/.485 with 19 home runs, 30 doubles and 74 RBIs combined at low Class A Dayton and high Class A Sarasota. The 22-year-old also struck out 112 times covering 478 at-bats and drew 56 walks.

Brown hit .266/.345/.510 with 30 home runs, 27 doubles and 82 RBIs combined at low Class A Kane County and high Class A Stockton. A 22-year-old who played at Oklahoma State before the Athletics drafted the lefthanded hitter, Brown struck out 168 times in 496 at-bats and drew 57 walks.