30. Blake Brewer -RHP - 6'5 - 177lbs
(last year: NR)
The Marlins believe they got quite the steal when they selected right handed pitcher Blake Brewer in the 11th round of the 2008 amateur draft. The lanky righty fell so far in the draft because most teams deemed him unsignable, as he was committed to playing baseball at the University of Kentucky. He comes from a good baseball family, as his brother Brent plays in the Milwaukee organization.
He would eventually sign for $150,000 before being sent to extended spring training and the Gulf Coast League Marlins. The 6’5 right hander dominated in 7 outings (4 starts) in the GCL, giving up just 15 hits in 25 innings. He walked 13, struck out 32 and held GCL batters to a .172baa. Brewer is a projection-pitcher with a long, loose and easy arm action and a present 87-90 mph fastball. His mid-70s curveball gets proper rotation and occasional hard spin and it has the potential to be a strike out pitch in the future. Like many 18 year olds, his changeup needs work to make it a viable secondary pitch.
Brewer should see time in both Jamestown and Greensboro this season.