FORT MYERS, Fla. -- The Red Sox will have most of the band back together for 2019. But that doesn’t mean you won’t see some new faces making an impact this season.
One of those players could be right-handed reliever Colten Brewer.
Brewer was acquired in November from San Diego for minor-league infielder Esteban Quiroz. The 26-year-old has only 11 major-league appearances on his resumé, but Sox manager Alex Cora is excited to see what he brings to the table in a Boston bullpen that needs guys to step up in Joe Kelly and Craig Kimbrel’s absence.
“Brewer is a guy that intrigues me,” Cora said Wednesday at JetBlue Park. “I know he has big-league experience but size, size-wise, it’s pretty interesting what we’re going to do with him. And I can’t wait to see the ending result. I do feel stuff-wise he’s up there with [Matt] Barnes, [Ryan] Brasier, [Heath] Hembree and Work [Brandon Workman] and all those guys. If we can adjust a few things, I think he’ll have an impact.”
The former Padre spoke Friday about what goes through his mind when he thinks about being a member of the Red Sox organization, and the expectations he’s set for himself on a championship ball club.
“Well, a World Series championship team. That’s what goes through my mind,” Brewer said. “So like, that’s what I’m ready to do. I’m ready to go out there and show what I can do.”
When you see Brewer take the mound in a Red Sox uniform this season, you can expect him to throw a heavy dose of two pitches.
“Usually cutters,” Brewer said. “You know, cutters up is . . . my bread and butter that I like to do. And then, you know, spin the curveball down and away. Usually I bury it in the dirt, too. That’s usually what I can do.”
Brewer is soaking up all the information he can from a group of pitchers that contributed to a World Series title three months ago.
“I’m ready to learn from them as much as I possibly can,” he said. “And take what they have to say and things they can teach me and go from there.”
Last year, it was Ryan Brasier unexpectedly stepping up for the bullpen when needed most. The door is wide open for Brewer to follow in Brasier’s footsteps.
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