Tyrell Brewer came to FSU as the 14th rated second basemen in the state of Florida and FSU’s highest rated middle infielder. Heading into 2020, the freshman finds himself in a heated battle for a starting spot at third base or DH. Brewer comes from TNXL Academy, along with Doug Kirkland and Danny Andzel. Brewer is a preview of more athletes to come with Mike Martin Jr. at the helm. Whether it’s a drag bunt or just a routine ground ball, the freshman puts pressure on the opponent with his speed getting down the baseline. If he can simply put the ball in play, he’ll create havoc for a lot of defenses.
The 5’10, 150 pound right-handed hitter often looks to hit the ball to the opposite field. He doesn’t do too much with the swing because he knows himself at the plate. Brewer isn’t a guy that is going to hit home runs, but he’ll turn routine ground balls into singles and singles into doubles. In FSU’s five fall ball games, Brewer went 4/16 and scored three runs, often from the top of the order.
In the field, Brewer has the best chance of starting at third base, but has looked uncomfortable at the position. The freshman played third, second, LF, and CF in fall. With FSU being depleted at third, he got the most reps there, but looked more comfortable in the other spots. The Orlando-native will likely need some more time at the position before being an everyday starter at third. He can still provide flexibility with the lineup, as he can play any of the three outfield positions, second, and third.
Three of Brewer, Dylan Simmons, Cooper Swanson, and Carter Smith will likely start on opening day. The decision will likely come down to Brewer’s athleticism or Simmons’ power at the dish. Either way, you’ll likely see Brewer nearly every game, either starting or pinch running. The freshman has shown the ability to get on base and be a game changer with his legs. Whether it’s from the bottom of the lineup or off the bench, Brewer will be an impact freshman for the Seminoles in 2020.
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