Charles Robert Brewer
- Bats Right, Throws Right
- Height 6' 3", Weight 205 lb.
- School University of California, Los Angeles
- High School Chaparral High School (Scottsdale)
- Debut June 10, 2013
Charles Brewer made his major league debut in 2013.
Brewer was 33-0 in high school and was named the Gatorade Arizona Player of the Year 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 college freshman at UCLA. He 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. He 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.
Brewer had a strong pro debut with the Missoula Osprey, going 7-2 with a 2.47 ERA and 61 strikeouts in 54 2/3 IP 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 IP. He held opponents to a .229 average. He tied Matt Torra for third in the Arizona chain in wins, led in strikeouts (16 more than #2 Pat McAnaney) and led in 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 (0 R in 3 IP). He 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 Diamondback farmhands but was also second in hits allowed (196, 10 behind Joe Martinez), 1st in runs allowed (119, 15 more than Martinez), 1st in earned runs allowed (97) and first in gopher balls (28, the 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). He still got the call to the majors when Tyler Skaggs was sent down.
In his major league debut on 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.