August 7, 2010

Piliere: Brackman making major progress

MLB Analyst and ex-scout Frankie Piliere had a chance to watch Andrew Brackman’s start last night in Trenton, and it seems he’s had a change of heart on the 24-year-old prospect.

Here’s the link to the full scouting report on Brackman, but stay here for a dumbed-down, quick recap.


  • Using his 6-foot-10 frame, he’s releasing the ball closer to home than an average pitcher.
  • He’s repeating his motion better than last year, but it’s not the same every time.
  • Sometimes his arm comes around late, making it hard to stay on top of the baseball (resulting in high pitches).


  • Major improvement in velocity from last year. Averaged 94 mph, topped out at 97.
  • Two-seamer had late life, needs to use it more.
  • Needs to realize this is his most dominant pitch.


  • Inconsistent now, but Piliere believes Brackman will get a hang of it “eventually.” Grade: 7 (on 2-8 scale).
  • A “true knee-buckler.” He uses his height to get an even bigger drop.


  • Averaged 85-88 mph, seemed comfortable throwing it.
  • Induced lots of weak grounders.
  • His biggest improvement, now considered a “complete three-pitch pitcher.”


  • A new-found command in the strike zone.
  • Easy-looking delivery.
  • Top-of-the-rotation stuff.

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