Andrew Brackman Goes 6, No Walks
Following two starts where he was effective, but not dominant, Brackman finally breezed through a lineup last night. He struck out 8 and walked none in 6 innings, allowing 2 earned runs. Brackman has a long way to go, but a few more starts like this could push him to Tampa fairly quickly. He’s throwing at his old velocity, and inducing plenty of ground outs, so really control is all that is left for him to accomplish. Brackman has managed to get fairly deep into each game he has played, even though I’d guess that he is on a strict pitch count, and may have stayed in for the 7th inning had rain not interuppted his start.
David Adams Starts Strong
2nd baseman David Adams is the forgotten 3rd round pick from the 2008 draft. After losing Cole and Biddle to college, Adams and Jeremy Bleich have to carry the draft class’s torch. To understand Adams, some history may be required. Here is a mini-profile.
David Adams was a star 2nd baseman for the University of Virginia. UVA’s baseball program is solid, even if their level of competition isn’t as strong as that in the midwest. Their recent notable alumni include Ryan Zimmerman and Mark Reynolds. Adams hit .369/.443/.538 during his sophomore year, which if repeated would have landed him a late supplemental round pick. However, he had a disappointing junior year, hitting .251/.350/.349. His OPS dropped to .631 against righties. The Yankees drafted him with a 3rd round pick anyway.
Adams then had a similar season with Staten Island. He hit .257/.350/.393 with a lot of strikeouts and a low OPS against right-handed pitchers. Adams has average at best tools across the board, so he’ll have to do everything well in order to rise through the ranks.
Adams has had a strong start to the season. He’s hitting .302/.388/.535 so far, with most of his damage coming against right-handed pitchers. He’s belting 26.5% of his balls in play for line drives, and playing second base. Adams is a candidate for a quick promotion to Tampa. If he continues to hit right-handed pitchers like he used to, Adams could develop into a Gardner-caliber prospect pretty quickly.
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