Brewer Rising To The Occasion

He leads the Double-A Trenton Thunder in hits, runs scored, doubles, and stolen bases, and he is second on the team in both RBI and walks. Dan Brewer isn't a highly regarded prospect, however, even though he sure has been playing like one in 2010. It's his ability to rise to the occasion that should continue to give him his opportunities.

"It's been a good season," Dan Brewer said. "It started off slowly and it's been a lot better lately. The team's been doing well all season long and that's always a good thing."

Just a .239 hitter before the Eastern League All Star break, Brewer finished his regular season hitting nearly 100 points higher in the second half, batting .321, including .370 in the month of August.

"I'm just making the adjustments, making the adjustment from high-A to Double-A," he said simply. "I've just learned a lot throughout the year about myself. A lot of it was just mental stuff.

"I worked a lot with Frankie [Menechino] about the mental part of the game. Once I got that [down] everything kind of clicked. I started playing a lot better. I started playing like I did last year and it just took off from there."

More focused on making contact than hitting for power, Brewer's confidence began to gain momentum.

"I think once I really gave in to everything my confidence level went right back up," he continued. "As soon as I got there I started feeling that when I got to the park everyday that I was going to have a good game.

"The hard work kept paying off. I didn't really change my work ethic or anything from the start of the year, but I just gave into the philosophy and it started paying off."

Nobody really ever challenged his work ethic though. In fact he had always been known more for his intangibles than raw tools and it's that very reason why he has always been considered more of a big league reserve type of prospect cut in the mold of a Colin Curtis type.

"I think all of us bring something different to the table," Brewer said. "I just try to help the team win. I give 100 percent in everything I do and I try to work as hard as I can.

"Whether it's stealing bases, bunting, hitting guys in, whatever I can, that's how I've always played the game. I have three older brothers who always taught me to play the game hard and my dad always pushed me to play hard. That's just how I've always played."

Filling a huge void for Trenton after Brandon Laird was promoted to Triple-A Scranton, Brewer believe he has opened some eyes with how he has adjusted to Double-A and with his play down the stretch.

"You always hope [so]," he said. "You never know what they're thinking or what they're going to do. I feel like hopefully I've opened some eyes.

"I've gotten a lot of good feedback this year. They tell me to just keep doing what I've been doing, keep playing hard, and the older I get the more mature I'll get. I hit a good maturity level this year, which is good.

"I hope I get my chance whether it's this year or the year after, whenever, but I'm just going to keep doing what I can. I can't control that part of it and I just hope when I get my chance that I rise to the occasion."

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\r\n \r\n\r\n\"It's been a good season,\" Dan Brewer said. \"It started off slowly and it's been a lot better lately. The team's been doing well all season long and that's always a good thing.\"
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\r\nJust a .239 hitter before the Eastern League All Star break, Brewer finished his regular season hitting nearly 100 points higher in the second half, batting .321, including .370 in the month of August.
\r\n
\r\n\"I'm just making the adjustments, making the adjustment from high-A to Double-A,\" he said simply. \"I've just learned a lot throughout the year about myself. A lot of it was just mental stuff.
\r\n
\r\n\"I worked a lot with Frankie [Menechino] about the mental part of the game. Once I got that [down] everything kind of clicked. I started playing a lot better. I started playing like I did last year and it just took off from there.\"
\r\n
\r\nMore focused on making contact than hitting for power, Brewer's confidence began to gain momentum.
\r\n
\r\n\"I think once I really gave in to everything my confidence level went right back up,\" he continued. \"As soon as I got there I started feeling that when I got to the park everyday that I was going to have a good game.
\r\n
\r\n\"The hard work kept paying off. I didn't really change my work ethic or anything from the start of the year, but I just gave into the philosophy and it started paying off.\"
\r\n
\r\nNobody really ever challenged his work ethic though. In fact he had always been known more for his intangibles than raw tools and it's that very reason why he has always been considered more of a big league reserve type of prospect cut in the mold of a Colin Curtis type.
\r\n
\r\n\"I think all of us bring something different to the table,\" Brewer said. \"I just try to help the team win. I give 100 percent in everything I do and I try to work as hard as I can.
\r\n
\r\n\"Whether it's stealing bases, bunting, hitting guys in, whatever I can, that's how I've always played the game. I have three older brothers who always taught me to play the game hard and my dad always pushed me to play hard. That's just how I've always played.\"
\r\n
\r\nFilling a huge void for Trenton after Brandon Laird was promoted to Triple-A Scranton, Brewer believe he has opened some eyes with how he has adjusted to Double-A and with his play down the stretch.
\r\n
\r\n\"You always hope [so],\" he said. \"You never know what they're thinking or what they're going to do. I feel like hopefully I've opened some eyes.
\r\n
\r\n\"I've gotten a lot of good feedback this year. They tell me to just keep doing what I've been doing, keep playing hard, and the older I get the more mature I'll get. I hit a good maturity level this year, which is good.
\r\n
\r\n\"I hope I get my chance whether it's this year or the year after, whenever, but I'm just going to keep doing what I can. I can't control that part of it and I just hope when I get my chance that I rise to the occasion.\"
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