- Full name Caleb Brewer
- Born 02/02/1989 in Hamilton, GA
- Profile Ht.: 6'3" / Wt.: 205 / Bats: R / Throws: R
- School Harris County
Drafted in the 14th round (438th overall) by the Atlanta Braves in 2007 (signed for $123,300).
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An inability to stay healthy has limited Brewer's development since he signed for $123,300 as a 14th-round pick in 2007. He missed all of the 2008 campaign with a hip injury before leading the Rookie-level Gulf Coast League with 65 strikeouts a year later. He missed much of 2010 with a stress fracture in his lower right leg, then rebounded to pitch a career-high 151 innings last season. Brewer has plus arm strength that generates 91-93 mph fastballs that touch 95. He also has a solid overhand curveball with tight spin and hard downward break. He works from a high arm slot that helps him generate good downhill plane on his pitches. The biggest keys for Brewer center on improving his fastball command and upgrading the depth and fade of his changeup. The Braves note that he hasn't had any injuries associated with his arm and believe he's a candidate for a breakout season in 2012. He wasn't protected on the 40-man roster but passed through the Rule 5 draft untaken. A potential No. 3 or 4 starter, he'll return to high Class A Lynchburg after finishing last season there.
A hip injury cost Brewer the 2008 season, but he made up for lost time by leading the Gulf Coast League with 65 strikeouts in 45 innings last summer. Though he was old for the GCL at age 20, he displayed one of the best arms in the league, highlighted by a fastball that sat at 91-93 mph and touched 95. He also showed a good overhand curveball with above-average spin and hard downward break. Scouts like his high arm slot and downhill plane from which he delivers the ball to the plate. Brewer's greatest need is to develop better fastball command. He also needs to refine a changeup and locate all of his pitches more consistently after ranking second in the GCL with 31 walks. Brewer's durability shouldn't be a factor in the future, as he had no further problems with his hip last year. He should move two steps up the organization ladder to Rome in 2010.
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The oldest player on this list at age 20, Brewer had a solid pro debut in the GCL as a 14th-round pick in 2007 but missed all of last season with a hip injury. In his return, he stayed healthy all summer and led the league with 65 strikeouts in 45 innings. Though he was old for the GCL, Brewer's stuff warrants attention. He has a plus fastball that sits 91-93 and touches 95. He also is able to spin a nifty curveball, a true downer coming from an overhand arm slot. He delivers his pitches on a good angle to the plate and throws downhill. Developing a changeup and locating his pitches are his main needs at this point. He ranked second in the league with 31 walks. "When he has his command, he's tough to hit," Slater said. "He was a bear for us. It's a young arm that shows potential."
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- Rated Best Curveball in the Atlanta Braves in 2010