High and Tight: A Close Up Look at Colten Brewer


This offseason the Red Sox acquired right handed reliever Colten Brewer from the San Diego Padres.  While this wasn’t an earth-shattering blockbuster, it was a sneaky under the radar move by Sox President of Baseball Operations Dave Dombrowski.

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The Red Sox are looking for bullpen help and depth.  The Sox have lost Joe Kelly to the Los Angeles Dodgers and Craig Kimbrel is still a free agent.  The team made it clear there would no big expenditures for a closer.  Players like Matt Barnes, Ryan Brasier and Tyler Thornburg all seem to figure into the conversation for the ninth inning job.

Where does Brewer, 26, figure into the equation?  Let’s first take a look at the former fourth round pick’s background.  Originally selected by the Pittsburgh Pirates, the 6'-4" Texas native has spent the bulk of his time in the Pirates system before being selected by the Yankees in the Rule 5 draft in 2016.

Last season, Brewer spent the majority of his time in Triple-A El Paso, an affiliate for the San Diego Padres.  Brewer pitched to a 3.75 ERA over 37 games.  When he was called up to the Padres, he didn’t fare as well, he finished the year with a 5.59 ERA in just 9 2/3 innings.

Now Brewer is in camp with the Red Sox, and with a fresh start and the opportunity to make the club. Can Colten Brewer be the next Ryan Brasier?  Hopefully for Alex Cora and Dave Dombrowski, that will be the case.  Dombrowski tried to acquire Brewer last year from San Diego but came up short in his quest for the right hander.  Nearly almost two days to the day he signed with San Diego as a free agent, Dombrowski was able to acquire the righty for minor-league infielder Esteban Quiroz.
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Similar to Ryan Brasier’s resume, Brewer has the make-up and stuff to be an asset to the bullpen.  Last year Brasier was arguably one of the most consistent Red Sox relievers since his call up from Pawtucket.  "Brewer is a guy that intrigues me," Cora said at camp.  "I know he has big-league experience but size, size-wise, it's pretty interesting what we're going to do with him.”

Cora has interesting players to choose from to build his bullpen this season.  With the exception of the Jenrry Mejia signing this January, Colten Brewer is the most intriguing player in camp that will compete for a role in the bullpen. He offers a fastball around 95 mph, cutter and curveball.  Brewer has stated the cutter is his “bread and butter” pitch.  The Sox have another guy on the roster they acquired last season with that cutter, Nathan Eovaldi, and he became an absolute beast in the postseason.

As camp evolves over the next few weeks it will be interesting to see how Brewer is utilized and if he will break camp with the Sox.  Cora is hoping Brewer’s stuff translates to someone who can replace Ryan Brasier’s role in the pen.  While he may have had issues last season in the small sample size in San Diego, he remains the most intriguing player the Sox have. He might be a long shot to make the roster, but then again, so was Brasier.

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Boston Sports Syndicate: High and Tight: A Close Up Look at Colten Brewer
High and Tight: A Close Up Look at Colten Brewer
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