Former NC State Power Forward and Pitcher finally made his Major League debut last night for the New York Yankees. Brackman entered the game with two outs in the sixth inning. After closing out the inning, the former Wolfpack gunslinger pitched a scoreless seventh inning, around one hit, one walk, and one error. The Brack-Attack threw 20 out of his 32 pitches for strikes and was able to leave the stadium last night with a 0.00 ERA.
“It’s just a big relief, like the pressure is off my shoulders,” Brackman told MLB.com, “Now I can sleep well at night and not be nervous about tomorrow.”
Brackman had a roller coaster ride through the minor’s over the past three years. During that span, he accumulated a steep ERA of 5.11, though there were signs of greatness all along the way. One of those signs was the way that Brackman performed after the All-Star break this year. In 12 appearances during this span, Brackman posted a 2.35 ERA, leading to a call-up by the Yankees.
“Two months ago, I never thought I’d be here,” Brackman told MLB.com, ”I’m thankful for every day that I have here, and I’ll just keep working hard. … It was like a light switch went off, kind of. I gained some confidence.”
The Yankees took a shot on the injured Brackman in the 2007 draft. Now it is time for him to prove that he was worth the investment. Hopefully last night was the beginning of a long and successful Major League career for the former NC State pitcher. Congrats Mr. Brackman. We tip our hats.