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Posted Thursday, June 7, 2007
Raleigh, NC - NC State right-hand pitcher Andrew Brackman was selected as the final pick of the first round of Thursday’s Major League Baseball first-year player draft. The New York Yankees took him with the No. 30 overall pick of baseball’s annual selection process.
Brackman, 6-4 with a 3.81 earned run average in his junior season, is the second NC State pitcher taken in the first round in the last three years. The Atlanta Braves took Joey Devine with the 26th overall pick in the 2005 draft.
The 6-10 native of Cincinnati, Ohio, came to NC State to play baseball and basketball. He spent two years on the hardwoods, but concentrated on baseball only his final years in preparation for the draft. He experienced some elbow problems in his throwing arm late in the season and did not pitch after May 12.
In his three years, Brackman compiled an 11-7 record with a 3.80 ERA and 149 strikeouts in 149.1 innings.
Brackman became the sixth player in school history to be taken in the first round, and first since Atlanta selected Joey Devine with the 26th pick in 2005. He joins Devine (2005), Corey Lee (1996), Greg Briley (1986), Dan Plesac (1983) and Ron Evans (1975) as the only first-round baseball picks in NC State history.
Brackman's selection continued a trend for the Yankees, who selected right-handed pitchers in the first three picks of last year's Draft, taking Ian Kennedy, Joba Chamberlain and Zack McAllister.
The 30th selection is the latest the Yankees have ever picked in the first round of a Draft. In the second round, New York selected catcher Austin Romine, the son of former Red Sox outfielder Kevin Romine, from El Toro High School in California with the 94th pick overall.
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