Dan Brewer not so quiet anymore
TRENTON — Daniel Brewer had a built-in advantage when the Yankees sent him to Double-A Trenton to begin the 2010 season.
Hardly anyone outside the organization knew who he was.
Even his new manager, Tony Franklin, was scratching his head at the start of spring training when the Thunder work group began assembling at the team’s minor league headquarters in Tampa, Fla.
“You heard about (Brandon) Laird and (Austin) Romine, but you didn’t hear much about guys like Brewer,” Franklin said. “But I certainly know who he is now and I think a lot of other people in baseball do as well. He can hit. He’s a good base stealer. He doesn’t make mistakes and he’s a manager’s-type player. Just put him in there and let him do what he does, and that is to win and play good baseball.”
Brewer, all 6-foot and 185 pounds of him, flew in under the cover of higher profile prospects such as Romine, Laird and second baseman David Adams.
The anonymity served him well in April, as his .233 batting average was a non-story because Romine and Laird also scuffled, while Adams was tearing up the Eastern League.
Click here to read the rest of the Brewer feature that appeared in today’s Times of Trenton on nj.com.
Thanks to colleagues Josh Norris and Ken Mandel for helping out with some supplemental quotes.