YMLN - Brackman Finally Back In Games

Brackman had to shake off some rust in the 1st

TAMPA, FL - The Yankees lost to the Phillies 4-0 on Monday at the Yankees minor league complex in Instructional League action, but the biggest news was Andrew Brackman finally got to pitch in an actual game.

  • Not surprisingly, Andrew Brackman wasn't very sharp in his first inning on Monday - his first game on the mound for the Yankees since being selected in the first round of the 2007 MLB Draft. He served up a double down the left field line to the very first batter he faced, immediately gave up an RBI single, and walked the next batter before striking out the fourth batter he faced.

    He followed that up with another walk and a two-run single, giving the Phillies a quick 3-0 lead, before he had reached his pitch limit for the inning and prompting teams to end the inning prematurely.

    He looked much better in his next two innings, however, striking out three of the next seven batters he faced. Considering it was the first time in nearly a year and half since he last pitched, it wasn't too surprising his command was a little off, but his stuff was very impressive and all of his pitches have great movement.

    He was sitting comfortably in the 93-96 MPH range with his fastball and showing a nasty knuckle-curveball that befuddled batters. His changeup was a little too hard, mostly in the 88 MPH range, but his curveball stacks up [and possibly even rivals] with the likes of Dellin Betances and Christian Garcia.

  • Like Brackman, catcher Austin Romine will be taking off for the Hawaiian Winter League on Monday night after making just a one-game appearance at Instructs. Romine went 0-3 at the plate but hit the ball hard each time, including the hardest hit ball the Yankees had on the day, a laser shot right to the centerfielder.

  • Monday's Starting Lineup: Carmen Angelini, Damon Sublett, Austin Romine, Bradley Suttle, Jesus Montero, Brandon Laird, Kelvin De Leon, Chris Smith, Corban Joseph, Abraham Almonte.

  • Jimmy Paredes didn't start on Monday but he did come up with the Yankees' first hit in the game, a hard-hit single to right field in the 8th inning. It was his only at-bat in the game and it broke up the Phillies' no-hit bid.

  • Jeremy Bleich, like Romine and Brackman, is off to Hawaii after an impressive day at Instructs. He was showcasing a fastball that sat 88-91 MPH, a very good looking curveball, and a solid changeup in his three innings of shutout relief. He was throwing strike after strike, which helped him strike out five batters on the day. He allowed just one single and didn't walk a batter.

  • David Adams also didn't start the game but he chipped in with the Yankees' second [and last] hit of the game when he doubled down the left field line in his only at-bat.

  • Amauri Sanit, the 29-year old Cuban pitcher signed by the Yankees, made his pinstripes debut on Monday. Standing just 5-foot-9, the right-hander has some quality stuff. He was sitting 91-94 MPH with his fastball and had a wicked-moving slider that baffled right-handed batters. Both pitches have excellent movement, allowing him to strike out four batters in two shutout innings of relief.

  • Right-hander Jhonny Nunez finished up a good day of solid pitching for the Yankees. He did give up an earned run when he served up a broken-bat bloop double down the right field line that narrowly went over the first baseman's head before allowing an RBI single. He was sitting 93-94 MPH with his fastball and was displaying a very good breaking ball as well.

  • Manny Banuelos, originally slated to participate in Tampa Instructs, won't be attending because of visa problems. Reportedly he'll be attending Dominican Instructs instead since Tampa Instructs end a week from Friday.

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