Jake Brewer has put up astounding numbers this season, and now he is heading to the West Coast League All-Star game.
League President Donnie Marbut announced the rosters early Monday morning for the North and South teams. The right-handed pitcher is the lone representative for the Kitsap BlueJackets.
“Just to say that I am on the team is an honor,” said Brewer. “I could not have done it without my teammates who have done so much for me this year.”
Brewer has compiled one of the best seasons in the WCL this year. Among qualified starters, the junior from Concordia University is third with a 1.11 ERA in seven starts. With a record of 1-2, Brewer impressed in the first half of the season with 21 strikeouts and five walks.
Playing for Kitsap last year, the 6-foot-6 starting pitcher used the experienced to propel him on the mound this season.
“Last year prepared me to face WCL competition for this year,” said Brewer. “It was my first time competing at that level.”
With experience from last year and coaching he received, the coaching staff this year has been an important key for Brewer to have an exceptional season.
“The coaches have a role for me and help me succeed, I know what to expect from them,” the pitcher said. “I’ve learned to have more fun and just play, it is baseball and things happen. Have to go back out there and compete when things may not go my way.”
It has gone the pitchers way this season, as he is just the 14th BlueJackets All-Star since 2011.
“It is my last summer ball year at this level and I wanted to go out and have fun in my last hoorah,” said the All-Star.
Allowing five earned runs in 40 innings, Brewers season has been highlighted by an ability to eat up innings. In three of his seven starts, he has gone at least seven innings. Once tossing seven shutout innings at Gene Lobe Field against the reigning WCL champion Bend Elks.
His longest start of the season came at home against the Gresham GreyWolves, hurling eight scoreless.
Before the All-Star game on July 19th hosted by the Cowlitz Black Bears, a Home Run Derby will be held prior to the game. Kelowna’s Bryan Donohue will manage the North and the host teams Grady Tweit will lead the South. First pitch is set for 7:05 pm in Longview.