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:
- The News Tribune’s Bob Dutton published his annual Mariners Top Prospects list, with write-ups on the players.
- Ryan Divish looks at three key story lines going into Mariners spring training.
- The spring training position previews continued over the weekend at the Seattle Times, with a look at second base, shortstop, and third base.
- Larry Stone has a column in which he conjures up the best-case scenario for the 2016 Mariners.
- John McGrath has the true story of a cricket star who is trying to transition to baseball.
- At ESPN.com David Schoenfield is doing a series of preseason team rankings. He explains why he picks the Mariners to go 81-81.
- Baseball America posted its entire Top 100 Prospects list. You won’t find any Mariners here.
- BA also has its latest round of minor league transactions, in which we learn that former Rainiers catcher and all-around good human Guillermo Quiroz has signed with the Cleveland Indians.
- On the Triple-A radio guy front, you can find a fun story from Rochester’s Josh Whetzel near the end of this Sunday notes column on Fangraphs.
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.