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Yankees Prospects: Andrew Brackman quits baseball to pursue basketball and a new identity

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Mark Nolan

Ex-Yankees prospect Andrew Brackman has apparently quit baseball and will be heading overseas to pursue a career in basketball. Since leaving the Yankees organization in 2011, he spent time in the Cincinnati Reds and Chicago White Sox systems and never really succeeded anywhere.

Brackman was known more for his contract than his actual performance on the mound. The Yankees selected him in the first round of the 2007 MLB Draft, but the only reason he fell to them was because he needed Tommy John surgery. Teams regularly sign top flight players who drop because of injuries, like the Royals drafted Sean Manaea this year, but Scott Boras demanded and actually managed to get a major league deal for Brackman.

He didn't pitch until the 2009 season and in his three years in the Yankees organization, there was only one level where he was able to pitch to an ERA under 5.00 (a 3.01 ERA for Double-A in 2010). In 2011 he was finally moved to the bullpen, but still struggled mightily at Triple-A. He got a cup of coffee in September where he gave up a hit and three walks in 2.1 innings with New York. He never made it back up and he retires with a 5.38 ERA, a 7.7 K/9, and a 5.1 BB/9 in 408.1 minor league innings.

Maybe the once two-sport athlete will find better fortune in a new sport, a new country, a new continent. Maybe he should go by Andy and grow a beard too because being "Andrew Brackman, the baseball player," didn't really work.

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