Charles Brewer Mixes Confidence, Stuff With D-backs
PHOENIX—Charles Brewer fashioned a perfect ending to his disjointed 2011 season. Sidelined by a concussion early in the year and a broken hand that kept him down for two months in mid-summer, Brewer was the winning pitcher in the only must-win game Double-A Mobile had this season, Game Five of its Southern League semifinal series against Birmingham.
Brewer limited Birmingham to three hits while striking out five in six innings of a 7-1 victory to lead the BayBears into the Southern League championship series and eventual league title. He was 5-1, 2.58 with 48 strikeouts and 19 walks in 52 innings during his Double-A debut at Mobile and continued to work in the Arizona Fall League, where he made the Rising Stars Game roster.
"He has a ton of confidence, and I mean that in the best possible way," Diamondbacks farm director Mike Bell said. "He believes in who he is and what he has. Guys who can pitch with conviction can have success. His stuff is not going to overpower you, but the more you watch him pitch, the more he grows on you."
Brewer, 23, features a four-pitch mix with a fastball that touches the low 90s, and his command of all four quadrants makes everything else work. He was a 12th-round pick out of UCLA in 2009.
"You have to know who you are," Brewer said. "I'm not a guy who throws 95-plus (mph). Yeah, I'll sit in the low 90s, but I have to spot my pitches. That's my strength, commanding every pitch in the zone and every pitch out of the zone when I need to."
Brewer, 6-foot-4 and 205 pounds, used his Fall League innings to develop a cut fastball to add to a repertoire that also includes a curveball and a changeup. The cutter should help his pitch-to-contact style.
• Outfielder Adam Eaton made a strong showing in the Arizona Fall League. Eaton, a 19th-round pick in 2009, hit .344/.410/.475 in 30 games for Salt River. The 5-foot-8 leadoff hitter led the league in runs (31), was second in hits (42) and fourth in steals (eight).
• In addition to Brewer, third baseman Ryan Wheeler and righthanded reliever Kevin Munson were named to the AFL's Rising Stars Game. Munson got a strikeout and a groundout in his two-thirds of an inning and Wheeler, who played first base, grounded out in his one at-bat.