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
On 11/17/11 Cincinnati Reds re-signed free agent RHP Chad Reineke adding one more to the list of “big” moves they have made this offseason. The first (and only) of course was re-signing Corky Miller. Don’t get me wrong they are great moves but really not what I expected from a team that finished below .500 in 2011. (79 wins and 83 losses .488 PCT and 17 games back from first.)
Chad Reineke played in AAA Louisville Bats of the International League in 2011. He got a 9 – 7 record with 22 games started and 126.2 innings pitched. He finished the season with a 3.84 ERA and 1.44 WHIP. With 8 seasons in the minors he has a 55 – 53 record, 3.92 ERA and 1.36 WHIP. Along with playing for Louisville he has also played for Tri-City ValleyCats, (New York-Pennsylvania League) Lexington Legends, (South Atlantic League) Salem Avalanche, (Carolina League) Corpus Christi Hooks, (Texas League) Round Rock Express, Portland Beavers and Sacramento River Cats all of the Pacific Coast League.
The only time his ERA has dipped under 3.00 in the minors was his first season where he had a 2.45 in 36.2 innings and in 2006 for Salem where he had 2.98 in 17 starts and 99.2 innings pitched. He has mostly had an ERA in the 4.00 range in AAA. He will be 30 next season and might get called up if there are injuries like last season.
He played 18 innings for San Diego Padres in 2008 getting 2 wins and 1 loss after playing in 4 games. He also got 1 start for Oakland Athletics in 2009 getting a 7.20 ERA after 5 innings. In 2011 he playing in 2 games for Cincinnati going 0 – 1 with a 6.75 ERA in 6.2 innings. With a career total of 2 wins 2 losses and a 5.76 ERA with a 1.48 WHIP in 29.2 innings.
Like I said before it is nice that they re-signed him along with Corky Miller but I really did not expect those to be the only deals made so far this offseason. The Front Office will really have to pick up their socks at the winter meetings if they want to get anything done at all this offseason. Some one needs to go check on Walt Jocketty and make sure he is not hibernating in his office.
A lot of armchair GM’s want Cincinnati Reds to trade away Yasmani Grandal to their teams. Of course they say Yonder Alonso first but then they slip in Yasmani’s name as if to try to pull a fast one on us. I thought we could take a look at this young catcher and see why so many of them really want him so badly.
Yasmani Grandal was drafted by Cincinnati in the 1st round (12th) of the 2010 June Amateur Draft. At 21 years old he played his first season with GCL Reds in the Arizona League. He finished with 8 games played, 28 AB, .286 BA, .394 OBP, and .321 SLG.
In 2011 he played for three teams, A+ Bakersfield Blaze, (California League) AA Carolina Mudcats, (Southern League) and AAA Louisville Bats. (International League) He finished with a total of 105 games, .305 BA, .401 OBP, .500 SLG and .901 OPS with 14 HR, 68 RBIs and 69 runs. With only 4 games played in AAA we can expect him to return next season and I really think he will get a call up to the Reds very soon if he keeps progressing the way he did in 2011. A full season at AAA should give us all a good look at why all of those armchair GM’s drool over his name and it might have them adding a little more than just a #3 starter to trade for him next season. I really hope this kids name does not even come off the lips of the Reds Front Office this offseason unless they are talking about what to buy him for Christmas.
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.
Ryan Hanigan has become the next victim to be brought up in trade rumors for the Cincinnati Reds. It has been reported that Los Angeles Angels are interested in the Reds catcher. I can not see the Reds trading Hanigan away but if they were offered a good deal they might. Some people are suggesting they trade him then re-sign Ramon Hernandez.
Hanigan was signed by the Reds as an amateur free agent in 2002. At 21 years old he started off with the Dayton Dragons in the Midwest League. .273 BA, .333 OBP and a .364 SLG in 6 games. 2003 he played for Dayton again playing in 92 games and getting a .277 BA. He also played one game in AAA for Louisville Bats (International League) that season going 1 for 3. He then played for Potomac Cannons in 2004 getting a .296 BA in 119 games. In 2005 he played for the Chattanooga Lookouts in the Southern League getting a .321 BA in 100 games. He returned to Chattanooga in 2006 playing in 56 games and finishing with a .246 BA. He also played 8 games for Louisville going 2 for 13.
Ryan Hanigan made his major league debut on Sunday, September 9, 2007, at Great American Ball Park. It was the bottom of the 5th inning and the Reds were behind 7 runs when he pinch hit for Kirk Saarloos batting 9th against Ben Sheets. He hit the first pitch he saw for a ground ball double to left field. Norris Hopper then hit a line drive to right field getting Hanigan to 3rd. Jeff Keppinger then hit a weak popfly to SS and Ben Sheets threw a wild pitch to Ken Griffey scoring Hanigan. The Milwaukee Brewers went on to win that game 10 – 5 with Ben Sheets getting the win (12 – 4) and Phil Dumatrait getting the loss. (0 – 4)
Hanigan played 5 games for the Reds in 2007 getting a .300 batting average. He also played 60 games for Chattanooga getting a .299 BA and for Louisville playing in 41 games and getting a .252 BA.
In 2008 he played 75 games for Louisville and got a .324 BA. He also played 31 games for the Reds that season getting a .271 BA. He also has 15 stolen bases against him while throwing out 8, getting 35 CS%.
2009 he came in 2nd with 42.9 Caught Stealing % and 1st for Fielding % as a catcher with .998. With 90 games played he got a .263 BA with 37 walks and 31 strike outs. He also played 5 games in AAA for Louisville going 7 for 18.
In 2010 he played in 13 games for Louisville and went 11 for 46. He also played 70 games for the Reds and went 61 for 203. (.300 BA) He caught 13 and allowed 28 stolen bases.
He had 18 CS and 34 SB as a catcher for the Reds in 2011. Playing in 91 games and going 71 for 266. (.267 BA) getting 35 walks and 32 strike outs.
If he doesn’t get traded this should be his first year as the main catcher for the Reds. With Devin Mesoraco and Yasmani Grandal waiting to get some playing time also. Like I said before, I really can’t see him being traded this offseason but if the Reds get a very good offer they might pull the trigger then have to re-sign Ramon Hernandez or another catcher that will come play for a lower salary. I would love to see Corky Miller get the call up this season but I doubt that will happen.
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.