It is official, Andrew Brackman has signed with Cincinnati Reds. Here is what I found earlier today. “The Reds today signed Moeller High School graduate RHP Andrew Brackman to a 1-year contract through the 2012 season.” [Source] “The Reds made official Wednesday the signing of RHP Andrew Brackman. It is a one-year Major League contract.” [Source] “We’re going to try to refine his delivery to improve his command and control,” Jocketty said. “If he can do that, he can be successful. We have good pitching coaches that should help him quite a bit.” [Source] Jamie Ramsey also included the Cincinnati Reds Hot Stove Notebook in his Better Off Red post.
Although Andrew Brackman only played in 3 games for New York Yankees in 2011 I thought we would talk about his pitches and how well he did in that short period of time.
Andrew Brackman 2011
Andrew Brackman threw his 91.5 MPH cut fastball 35 times in 2011. (63.6%) 65.7% of them were strikes with 51.4% swung on and 8.6% whiff. 20% were foul while 22.9% were in play.
He threw his curveball 10 times (18.2%) which was clocked at 76.4 MPH. 40% were in the strike zone and 30% were swung on. 20% were foul while 10% were in play.
His slider he threw only 7 times (12.7%) and were in the strike zone 57.1% with 57.1% swung on, 28.6% whiff, 14.3% foul and 14.3% in play.
Brackman also threw a 4-seam fastball 3 times (5.5%) which got up to 91.7 MPH. 0% were in the strike zone, swung on, whiffed, fouled or in play.
His at-bat results were a little off but with such a small sample size it is hard to be to judgemental of his ability. 23% flyout, 23% walk, 15.38% field error and 15.38 groundout.
You can find all of this information at Pitch f/x. Where you can even check out the break down for every game he pitched in 2011.
Andrew Brackman 2011 New York Yankees
Year Age Tm W L ERA G IP H BB SO BF WHIP 2011 25 NYY 0 0 0.00 3 2.1 1 3 0 13 1.714
Andrew Brackman minor league stats.
Year Tm Lev W L ERA G GS IP H BB SO WHIP 2009 Charleston A 2 12 5.91 29 19 106.2 106 76 103 1.706 2010 2 Teams AA-A+ 10 11 3.90 27 26 140.2 144 39 126 1.301 2010 Tampa A+ 5 4 5.10 12 12 60.0 67 9 56 1.267 2010 Trenton AA 5 7 3.01 15 14 80.2 77 30 70 1.326 2011 Scranton/Wilkes-Barre AAA 3 6 6.00 33 13 96.0 82 75 75 1.635 3 Seasons 15 29 5.11 89 58 343.1 332 190 304 1.520
At 18 years old in 2007 he played for the GCL Phillies in the Gulf Coast League. 54 games, 200 at bats with a .235 BA, .297 OBP. He then went on to play for Lakewood Blue Claws in the South Atlantic League. He played in 129 games, 460 at bats with a .254 BA and .321 OBP. 2009 he returned to Lakewood to play in 126 games and getting a .236 BA in 450 AB. In 2011 he played for Lakewood and Clearwater Threshers of the Florida State League. He ended the season with a total of 90 games played with 312 at bats and a .231 BA. Looking at these numbers don’t do him much justice considering it was mostly single A but there must be something the Reds front office liked about him to get him.
From the looks of it on his minor league stats they had him playing 3B with 394 games and a 4 season total of .941 Fld% with a 2.56 RF / G.
I did some research today and thought I would share why I think Yonder Alonso should not be traded this offseason. I will show his minor league stats and also compare him to Joey Votto and see what Votto got in the minors also.
First off, Yonder Alonso was drafted by the Reds in the 1st round (7th) in the 2005 Amateur Draft. Joey Votto was drafted in the 2nd round (44th) of the 2002 Amateur Draft. Alonso was rated #35 prospect pre-2009, #45 pre-2010 and #73 pre-2011. Votto was rated #43 pre-2007 and #44 pre-2008.
In four seasons in the Minors Alonso had a .293 BA, .370 OBP, .466 SLG, and .837 OPS with 36 HR, 179 RBIs, 148 BB, 203 SO in 1340 PA.
4 Seasons 1340 .293 .370 .466 .837 AA (2 seasons) AA 242 .282 .380 .432 .812 AAA (2 seasons) AAA 854 .296 .364 .478 .842 A+ (2 seasons) A+ 226 .304 .389 .485 .874 Rk (1 season) Rk 18 .133 .278 .133 .411
Joey Votto on the other hand played 7 seasons in the minors and got a .289 BA, .386 OBP, .477 SLG and .862 OPS with 97 HR, 438 RBIs, 404 BB, 665 SO in 3016 PA.
7 Seasons 3016 .289 .386 .477 .862 A (3 seasons) A 715 .280 .397 .425 .822 A+ (3 seasons) A+ 628 .262 .338 .444 .782 Rk (2 seasons) Rk 503 .296 .408 .506 .914 AA (1 season) AA 590 .319 .408 .547 .956 AAA (1 season) AAA 580 .294 .381 .478 .859
It was said that Yonder Alonso would be training to play LF for the Reds in 2012 which would bring even more value for him later on after he gets one full season. And as we all know, it has already been reported that Joey Votto will not be returning to the Reds after his contract runs out. Keeping Yonder Alonso so then he can play 1B when Votto does leave is the best bet. And it gives the Reds the oppurtunity to shop Votto away at the trade deadline either bringing in young prospects or important pieces to the puzzle to help them get an extra push into the playoffs. I think they would be able to get their top of the rotation starter and then some if they offered someone like Joey Votto.
I heard a rumor at the trade deadline in 2011 that Toronto Blue Jays and Cincinnati Reds were talking about a deal that would involve Joey Votto and Jose Bautista but it never happened because the Blue Jays were asking for more. One thing I am hoping is that scouts and front offices have not hurt Joey Votto’s value by saying, “he is only hitting that good because of Great American Ball Park.” Sure any average player can become a better hitter by playing in that park but that should not bring his value down to the point where teams are wanting a top prospect with him in order to trade their best player. In my mind, the Reds made the right decision by not trading him with another player for Bautista. And this also means they should not trade away Yonder Alonso until they get at least one full season out of him to see what he can do. Many will say that if he does not do well then his value will drop a lot but I would rather take that chance than trade him and watch him become an All-Star in his first season for some other team. (All of our luck a National League team.)
Don’t get me wrong, I would love to see Joey Votto stay with the Reds for the rest of his career but if he has not intention of re-signing I am all for trading him away before he becomes a free agent. At least this way the Reds would have a choice to where he would play or influence him to sign with the team they trade with and I hope that would be in the American League. I really would hate to see him sign in the offseason with a National League Central team.
I was doing some reading today about players that teams have added to their 40 man roster and players they did not. I came across a player that really caught my interest, Brandon Douglas. Detroit Tigers are leaving him open for the Rule 5 draft and this might be the player many teams jump for, including Cincinnati Reds.
Douglas was drafted by the Cincinnati Reds in the 32nd round of the 2007 MLB June Amateur Draft and the Detroit Tigers in the 11th round of the 2008 MLB June Amateur Draft.
At 22 years old he played for four teams in four different leagues his first season. (GCL Tigers, Oneonta Tigers, West Michigan Whitecaps and Erie SeaWolves) He ended that season with a total of 68 games, 90 hits and a .328 batting average. Going from Rookie ball through A and right into AA all in one season. In 2009 he played for West Michigan Whitecaps in the Midwest League getting .322 BA, .384 OBP, and a .374 SLG. 2010 he played on two teams and ended with 72 games played getting a total of 97 hits. He played in AA in 2011 and after playing 124 games he got 140 hits with 22 stolen bases and a .281 BA. His 4 season total looks very impressive with .313 BA, .361 OBP, .406 SLG in 347 games. Of course he has not played in AAA yet but I think he could really help out teams looking for a utility infielder. He played 82 games at shortstop, (.922 Fld%) 238 games at 2B (.979 Fld%) and 9 games at third. (.923 Fld%)
The Reds tried to get him in the 2007 Amateur draft so I wonder if they might make a play for him this offseason. With their 40 man roster full it is doubtful but I would not mind seeing this kid on a AAA team next season.
Year Age Tm Lg Lev Aff G AB H BA OBP SLG OPS 4 Seasons 347 1383 433 .313 .361 .406 .767 AA (3 seasons) AA 164 663 197 .297 .338 .401 .739 A (2 seasons) A 92 368 123 .334 .392 .397 .789 Rk (1 season) Rk 7 27 9 .333 .387 .519 .906 A- (1 season) A- 47 189 59 .312 .350 .407 .757 A+ (1 season) A+ 37 136 45 .331 .395 .426 .821
As I looked through his stats I learned that he was drafted by Montreal Expos in the 2000 amateur draft. At 17 years old he played 55 games for GCL Expos in the Gulf Coast League. He got 60 hits off of 205 at bats giving him a .293 batting average. in 2001 he played 123 games for Clinton Lumber Kings in the Midwest League where he got 121 hits in 451 at bats, .268 BA. In 2002 he played 75 games for Brevard County Manatees in the Florida State League and 47 games for Kinston Indians in the Carolina League with a total of 125 hits in 428 at bats giving him a .292 batting average. 2003 he played AA ball for Akron Aeros in the Eastern League where he played 128 games getting 151 hits in 496 at bats, .304 BA. He then went on to play AAA ball with Buffalo Bisons in the International league in 2004 playing in 101 games getting a .287 batting average.
His Major League Baseball debut was on Wednesday, July 21, 2004, at Jacobs Field in front of 21,922 fans. Where the Indians took on Chicago White Sox. At that time the Indians were 46 – 48 while the White Sox were 49 – 42. It was the bottom of the 9th and the Indians were down 14 – 0 with two out when Grady Sizemore stepped up to bat against White Sox pitcher Mark Buehrle. (Another free agent this offseason) His first pitch was fouled off. The second pitch was a popfly to second base and the game was over. Not the kind of debut most young players dream about but he has done pretty good for himself ever since.
Sizemore has eight seasons with the Indians with 892 games played, he used to be a very dependable player with two straight seasons (2006 and 2007) getting 162 games played. He has a career batting average of .269 with a .357 OBP and a .473 SLG. He has scored 601 runs and got 948 hits with 190 being his season high which he got in 2006. Grady won the American League MVP from 2005 to 2008. He was in the All-Star Games from 2006 to 2008. He won Gold Gloves in 2007 and 2008 and a Silver Sluggers Award in 2008. The question many are asking this offseason is; will he ever be that good again?
In 2011 he played 71 games and got 60 hits giving him a .224 batting average. He also did some time in the minors playing for AA Akron Aeros and AAA Columbus Clippers getting a total of 8 games for both teams and a .357 batting average. Will 2012 be a better year for Sizemore if he re-signs with the Indians? No one knows but it sure will be interesting to find out.
It is a safe bet for the Indians to re-sign him for a one year contract to see if maybe he will bounce back and get the numbers he once did. I also think it is a good deal for Sizemore cause he will have another year to pick up his game so then he might be able to impress more teams before next offseason so he can get a bigger and better contract for the future. I think it is a win / win situation for both involved and hopefully he does well.