Charles Brewer

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Charles Robert Brewer

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Biographical Information[edit]

Charles Brewer made his big league debut in 2013, sticking for a month of action with the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Amateur Career[edit]

Brewer was 33-0 in high school and named the Gatorade High School Player of the Year (in Arizona) as a senior. The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim took him in the 18th round of the 2006 amateur draft, right before Lars Anderson, but he opted for college. He was 0-1 with a 5.40 ERA as a freshman at UCLA and was 2-2 with a 1.94 ERA and .210 opponent average for the Chatham A's in the Cape Cod League that summer. His sophomore year, he had a 9-4, 5.10 record for UCLA and returned to Chatham, but fell to 1-1, 5.93. In his junior year, he was 3-5 with a 4.52 ERA. The Arizona Diamondbacks, behind scout Hal Kurtzman, took him in the 12th round of the 2009 amateur draft, one pick before Brian Cavazos-Galvez.

Professional Career[edit]

Charles had a strong pro debut with the Missoula Osprey, going 7-2 with a 2.47 ERA and 61 strikeouts in 54 2/3 innings in 2009. He led the Pioneer League in victories and tied Enrique Burgos for fifth in whiffs. In 2010, Charles pitched for the South Bend Silver Hawks (4-5, 1.83) and Visalia Oaks (7-3, 2.98), with 153 strikeouts to 35 walks in 150 2/3 innings, holding opponents to a .229 average. He tied Matt Torra for third in the Arizona chain in wins, leading in strikeouts (16 more than #2 Pat McAnaney) and ERA. He missed about three months of 2011 due to two separate injuries, making only 12 appearances between the Mobile BayBears (5-1, 2.58) and AZL Diamondbacks (3 scoreless innings) and was 1-1 with a 5.46 ERA for Salt River of the Arizona Fall League. In 2012, the righty was with Mobile (4.15 ERA) and the Reno Aces (11-7, 5.99). He tied David Holmberg for 4th in wins among Diamondbacks farmhands but was also second in hits allowed (196, 10 behind Joe Martinez), first in runs allowed (119, 15 more than Martinez), first in earned runs allowed (97) and first in gopher balls (28, most in the affiliated minors). He also was 9th in the 2012 PCL in hits allowed (177, between Yusmeiro Petit and J.D. Martin), second in runs allowed (110, 13 behind Matt Shoemaker) and first with 26 homers allowed. In the playoffs, he was 1-0 with a 4.76 ERA.

His early numbers for Reno in 2013 were no better (3-6, 5.85), but he still got the call to the majors when Tyler Skaggs was sent down. In his major league debut, June 10, 2013, Brewer appeared in a 5-4 Arizona win over the Los Angeles Dodgers. He replaced Wade Miley (who had left for a pinch-hitter) with a 3-1 lead in the bottom of the 7th. He retired Tim Federowicz, Justin Sellers (on a strikeout) and Nick Punto in order that frame. In the 8th, he ran into trouble, allowing three straight singles to Mark Ellis, Adrian Gonzalez and Yasiel Puig before getting Jerry Hairston Jr. to hit into a crucial 5-2-3 double play; Tony Sipp relieved and got the third out. Charles made four big league appearances with Arizona, finishing with a 3.00 ERA and 5 strikeouts in 6 innings. Back in Reno, he finished the year 5-12, 4.90 in 25 games (22 starts). Brewer split 2014 between Reno and a return engagement in Double A Mobile, combining for an 11-12, 4.46 mark. He was sold to the Cleveland Indians in November 2014 and made but 5 starts at 2 levels of the Tribe chain while making two trips to the minor league injured list. The Milwaukee Brewers signed him as a minor league free agent but released him before the 2016 season. Brewer returned to the Diamondbacks chain, pitching 3 games in between two injured list stints, and moved to independent ball after that, spending 2017 with the Bridgeport Bluefish of the Atlantic League. He signed with the Sugar Land Skeeters of the same loop for 2018 but was released without making an appearance.

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