Dominant First Half Earns D-backs' Brewer A Promotion





PHOENIX—Charles Brewer was expected to start in the Midwest League All-Star game on June 22, but he was scratched after coming down with food poisoning. That sound you heard was the sigh of relief from the rest of the league, echoed the next day when Brewer was promoted.

Righthander Brewer's strong early work at low Class A South Bend earned him a midseason move to high Class A Visalia, when he will jump right into the rotation after going 4-5, 1.83 in 69 innings for the Silver Hawks.

Brewer, a 12th-round pick out of UCLA in 2009, gave up four earned runs in a span of 46 innings (a 0.78 ERA) from late May through the second week of June, although the lack of timely hitting behind him limited him to a 3-2 record in that stretch.

"He carved through the Midwest League … he had numbers like Bob Gibson in '68," Diamondbacks farm director Mike Berger said. "He's a strike-thrower with three above-average pitches. He's a prospect, absolutely."

Brewer, 6-foot-4 and 200 pounds, throws his fastball in the 91 mph range, occasionally a mile or two higher, and complements that with a curveball and changeup. He had 78 strikeouts and 20 walks in at South Bend, when he limited opponents to a .216 average. He also has been able to keep the ball out of the air, giving up only three homers.

"The curveball is a plus pitch. It has real good shape," Berger said about Brewer's strikeouts, "but it gets back to command. He's able to throw it for strikes, and he can use it in wipeout situations. Because he throws three pitches for strikes, you can't sit on anything. He can sneak a fastball by you because he's shown the ability to throw the curve and changeup for strikes at any time in the count."

Brewer, 22, is continuing the success he had in his first pro season in 2009, when he was 7-2, 2.47 with Rookie-level Missoula. Brewer did not get into the rotation until Aug. 8, but he still tied for the team lead with 61 strikeouts in 55 innings.

Snake Bites

• Lefthander Wade Miley, 23, was also promoted at midseason, moving from Visalia to Double-A Mobile after going 4-5, 3.25 in 80 innings for the Rawhide. Miley, 23, gave up more than three earned runs only once in his last 10 starts in Visalia.

• Third baseman Matt Davidson, shortstop Chris Owings, and catcher Tyson Van Winlke represented South Bend at the Midwest League all-star game. All three went hitless in the contest.