As major league debuts go, Diamondbacks pitcher Charles Brewer’s was relatively average. The right-hander threw 1 2/3 innings of scoreless relief in Los Angeles on Monday and probably benefited from a ridiculous Gerardo Parra catch and a bad call from an umpire that saved a run.
Still, Brewer made D-backs history, becoming the first Arizona-born player to be drafted by and debut for the team.
“It’s a huge deal for me to be here with the team and put on that same uniform I’ve always seen from the stands growing up,” Brewer told FOX Sports Arizona’s Todd Walsh.
The D-backs drafted Brewer, a Paradise Valley native who graduated from Scottsdale Chaparral High School, out of UCLA in the 12th round of the 2009 MLB First Year Player Draft. The team called him up Monday to add a fresh arm to a tired bullpen.
Brewer is not the first Arizonan to put on a D-backs uniform. That distinction probably belongs to reliever Ed Vosberg, a Tucson native who joined the D-backs as a free agent in 1999, the team’s second year of existence. There were also Mesa natives Albie Lopez, a reliever who came to the D-backs in a 2001 trade, and Shea Hillenbrand, an infielder acquired in a 2003 trade.
But none did it like Brewer, who saw the D-backs plenty as a youngster and made it all the way through the system.
“Ever since I was a 12-year-old kid in 1998 when the team first became a franchise, I was at that ballpark,” Brewer said. “We had season tickets every single year when I was growing up. I made it to all seven World Series games in 2001.”
Brewer’s math was a little off — he would have been just shy of 10 years old when the first game was played at Chase Field, known at the time as Bank One Ballpark — but considering he was just hours away from his big league debut, we’ll give him a pass.