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Andrew Brackman regressing in minors

New York Yankees Joba Chamberlain, Andrew Brackman and

New York Yankees Joba Chamberlain, Andrew Brackman and Mariano Rivera at George M. Steinbrenner Field in Tampa. (Feb. 17, 2011) Photo Credit: Newsday / Thomas A. Ferrara

After appearing to break through in 2010, Andrew Brackman has regressed this season with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. Entering yesterday the righthander, who was the Yankees’ first-round pick in 2007 out of North Carolina State, was 2-6 with a 7.51 ERA in 22 games.

The 6-10 Brackman was 2-5 with a 6.75 ERA in 11 starts before being shifted to the bullpen, where he’s 0-1 with a 9.92 ERA in 11 appearances.

“Right now I see a guy with two average pitches, neither of which he can throw for strikes,” said one opposing team’s scout.

Entering the spring the Yankees had high hopes for the 25-year-old Brackman, the thought being if he pitched lights out in the season’s first half, he’d get consideration in the second half if help was needed in the bullpen or rotation. Obviously, there’s virtually no chance of that happening now.

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