Andrew Brackman made his 4th start of the season this past Saturday night against the Savannah Sand Gnats. He struggled a little with his command, putting 10 runners on the base paths in 4.2 innings (7 hits and 3 walks). When Brackman left the game the Charleston was down 5-0 (He had 3 earned runs), but in the bottom of the 5th the Riverdogs bats came to life. They ended up winning the game 7-5 and they currently sit in 1st place of the Southern Division of the South Atlantic League with an 11-7 record. Brackman is still knocking the rust off and all he really needs is innings. He has shown signs of brilliance, and signs of inconsistency that can be remedied by experience. He currently has a 5.23 ERA and he has struck out 20 victims in 20.2 innings pitched.
Torre Tyson, the Riverdogs Manager, had this to say to BaseballAmerica concerning Brackman:
"It’s certainly not a matter of developing stuff," he said. "It’s just developing command of his fastball. I think he’ll always have control of his fastball—he’ll figure out how to not walk guys. But once he figures out how to command his stuff in the zone, I think we’ll see him really take off."
Some puzzles that get put together are ok at best. The 'Brackman Puzzle,' when completely put together, will be something brilliant to watch.