The final, and probably least impressive, of the Killer B’s is Andrew Brackman. Drafted in the 1st round in the 2007 Amateur Draft, the 25 year old Brackman has always been a very talented pitcher. However, his career has been set back by injuries, injuries that until recently had people thinking much less of him as a prospect. He didn’t pitch until 2009 because of Tommy John Surgery and was unimpressive in that season. However, he came back with a vengeance in 2010, posting much better numbers and earning a promotion to AA. Brackman is the biggest of the three Killer B’s, coming in at 6’10”. Following the trend set by the other B’s, Brackman has a very strong fastball, sitting consistently between 92-96 MPH and even hitting 97 at times. He also has late, two seam life to this fastball, which is able to produce a lot of late, weak swings. Brackman also has a very strong curveball, with tremendous “knee buckling” break, that, with his size, can be close to unhittable when he’s on. Finally, he has an effective changeup that he throws at 85-88 MPH (lol), which, similarly to Betances’, is not a tremendous pitch, but a very effective compliment to the fastball and hook. Because of the surgery and injury history of Brackman, he’s the farthest of the three from a “sure thing”, but he definitely possesses the raw ability to be a great pitcher in the future.
All in all, The Killer B’s bring a very promising young pitching core to New York. They all have very strong mid 90’s fastballs, strong, sharp breaking balls and effective changeups (with Banny’s being the truly dominant one). They represent what could be a changing of the guard for New York, with more emphasis on prospect development and home grown stars and less on simply outspending everyone else…….as fun as that might be. ;)
Banuelos’ 2010 Stats (RK-AA): 64.2 IP, 2.51 ERA, 11.8 K/9, 3.5 BB/9, 3.40 K/BB, 1.222 WHIP
Betances’ 2010 Stats (A-AA): 85.1 IP, 2.11 ERA, 11.4 K/9, 2.3 BB/9, 4.91 K/BB, 0.879 WHIP
Brackman’s 2010 Stats (A-AA): 140.2 IP, 3.90 ERA, 8.1 K/9, 2.5 BB/9, 3.23 K/BB, 1.301 WHIP
-Scouting info courtesy of Frank Piliere of MLB Fanhouse.