M’s Add Another Pitcher To Tacoma Mix

We interrupt this President’s Day to pass along some baseball tidbits.

The Mariners have signed another minor league free agent pitcher who will compete for a spot on Tacoma’s opening day roster.

Charles Brewer is a right-handed starter who has lots of PCL experience: he made a total of 68 starts for Reno from 2012 to 2014. His Reno stats aren’t good, but he had to pitch half of his games in Reno which is like pitching on the moon (the high elevation and wind currents make it seem like there is no gravity). In the three years for Reno, Brewer went 24-29 with a 5.29 ERA.

The good news is he doesn’t walk many hitters – just 111 in 400 career Triple-A innings, with 318 strikeouts.

The bad news is he was injured for most of the 2015 season, and even had surgery in early August. But he recently started throwing bullpen sessions again and should be ready to go for spring training.

Brewer is from Scottsdale, Arizona and he played at UCLA. The Diamondbacks drafted him in the 12th round in 2009, and he had a brief call-up to the majors in 2013 when he pitched in four games from the Arizona bullpen.

Spring training is almost upon us, and we have a lot of good links from the weekend:

Come back Wednesday afternoon for our final spring training preview, when I’ll try to make some sense of a huge pile of pitchers who could make the Rainiers opening day bullpen.

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