"It was a great feeling to get the hell out of Tampa"
-Andrew Brackman, NY Yankees' 2007 first-round draft pick
Isn't it always, Andrew?
Sixteen months since throwing his last pitch and then strengthening his surgically repaired right elbow at the team's Tampa facility, Brackman finally takes aim on scaling the organizational ladder and showing why he commanded a $4.55 million guaranteed major league contract that included a $3.35 million signing bonus.
He'll be thrown into the fire immediately, too, as Brackman is scheduled to pitch in the circuit's opening night Saturday...
Fellow Yanks fans can only hope he really develops into everything we hope:
... Brackman has much to prove, and not just to make up for lost time. The Yankees have tweaked his wind-up, incorporating a hands-over-the-head approach, and a changeup is now in Brackman's arsenal.
It could be an even more menacing approach from a pitcher who is a listed 6-foot-10, 240 pounds and was touching 96 mph in a recent intrasquad game.
That'd be nice. Very nice.