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Run by The Trentonian's Nick Peruffo, this blog will provide daily multimedia coverage of the Trenton Thunder.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Top Ten Players of 2010 - No. 8: Dan Brewer

Every Tuesday, Minor Matters will run down the top 10 players from the Thunder's 2010 season. In a year that saw eight of Baseball America's 16 pitchers (excluding Mike Dunn and Arodys Vizcaino, who were out of the organization) in their top 30, not to mention Austin Romine and Brandon Laird, there were plenty of good choices to go around.

Why he's here: Brewer's best asset all season long was versatility. The 23-year-old from Bradley University played all three outfield positions and plugged into every spot in the batting order but the nine hole. In a year full of fluidity and tumult, Brewer brought stability from Day One until the close of the Eastern League Championship.

Although he wasn't the most vocal of players, Brewer, like so many others on the team, was part of a core that tasted a championship with High-A Tampa in 2009. And just like his teammates from that year, he wanted nothing more out of this season than to bring home another ring.

Although it didn't quite turn out that way, with Brewer's combination of speed, hitting and a pinch of pop, the Thunder came darn close.

Biggest moment of the season:
I hate to go so cliche, but Brewer's biggest moment of the season didn't come during a game. Instead, his turning point was found away from the field, when he and hitting coach Frank Menechino made an adjustment in his stance that helped him snap out of a midsummer swoon.

The change, which came in late July, began to pay dividends almost immediately. He carried the team in August, hitting a robust .370/.435/.925 with two home runs and 23 RBIs.

Interesting quote: "I've actually been to two Cubs games in my life, and one was when Sosa hit his 61st and 62nd home runs. That was actually the first game I ever went to." -- Brewer, a White Sox fan, on his forays into enemy territory

Outlook for 2011:
Brewer will more than likely move up to Scranton, but a return to Trenton to start the year isn't out of the question.

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