MLB: Arizona Diamondbacks Pitcher Charles Brewer
In his first start this season against the Rangers, Tyler Skaggs held them scoreless for six innings in Game 1 of the Memorial Day doubleheader. After allowing five runs in five innings to the Giants this past Sunday, Tyler Skaggs was optioned to Triple-A Reno the following day. Due to overall ineffectiveness and short innings from the starting rotation, the Diamondbacks could not afford to be patient with Skaggs, so he was sent back down for more “seasoning” in the minors.
One of the pitchers called up from AAA Reno with Skaggs’ return was Charles Brewer. Brewer, who was 3-6 with a 5.85 ERA in 12 starts for Reno, will pitch out of the bullpen for now. It’s unclear whether the Diamondbacks will use Brewer as a starter or reliever. He hasn’t worked out of the bullpen since his season in Missoula. Regardless of how long his stay is in the majors, or whether he starts or provides middle relief, Brewer will treasure it.
A native of Scottsdale, Brewer went to Scottsdale’s, Chaparral High School and helped the Firebirds win three state titles before moving on to pitch for UCLA. It should be noted that Brewer was drafted in the 18th round of the 2006 draft out of high school by the Angels, but chose to go on to play at UCLA. At the age of 21 he was drafted again, this time by the Diamondbacks in the 12th round of the 2009 MLB draft.
He started playing professional baseball with the Missoula Osprey in 2009. He was part of the 2009 Osprey pitching staff that helped the team reach the Pioneer League championship series. He was in the bullpen as well as the starting rotation. He went 7-2 with a 2.47 ERA and 61 strike-outs in 54 2/3 innings of work.
In the 2010 season with South Bend Silver Hawks Class A Midwest League and the Visalia Rawhide Advanced A/California League, Brewer finished with a combined 11-8 with an ERA of 2.45. He reached the Double A level with the Mobile BayBears in 2011 and was 5-1 with a 2.58 ERA and 48 strike-outs.
Brewer made it to AAA Reno last year and went 11-7 with the Aces with 104 strike-outs. His ERA was 5.99, but keep in mind that the Pacific Coast League (PCL) is a different league, with small ballparks and teams located in cities with high elevations and parks built to help create positive advantages for hitters. That is why some MLB teams have their top pitching prospects pitch in Double A for two seasons instead of exposing them to the PCL.
On June 10, 2013, Brewer reached the high-point of his baseball career to date; he pitched 1 2/3 innings of scoreless baseball on Monday night in his major league debut. He benefited from a nice defensive play; Gerardo Parra made an incredible catch to take extra bases away from Tim Federowicz. Also Brewer’s debut was historic from a local perspective; he not only became the 92nd Arizonan to play in the major leagues, but he also became the first to be drafted by and debut with the Diamondbacks.
We all know the Diamondbacks farm system is loaded with pitching prospects from the Rookie Leagues all the way through AAA, and while Brewer may not compare to the big names in the system, he does have the potential to make an impact at the next level. He will never blow guys away or even have big strikeout numbers, but he could develop into a solid number 4 or 5 starter or even long relief.
So when you go to Chase Field during the next home-stand be sure to cheer for the new home-town Diamondback Charles Brewer.
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