Brewer Selected By Houston Astros
Release Date: 07/01/2019
Written By: Chris Forde
Former LTC Standout Selected in MLB Draft
Lincoln Trail College’s Jordan Brewer (’18) was selected in the third round of the 2019 Major League Baseball Draft by the Houston Astros. Brewer was the 106th overall selection in the draft, coming off a season where he was named the Big Ten Player of the Year at the University of Michigan.
“He was obviously very, very excited, floating on air,” says Statesmen Baseball Coach Kevin Bowers, who talked with Brewer after he was selected. “It was kind of surreal for him going from where he was two years ago to where he is now. The thing I kept telling him is that you need to get reeled back in because you’re playing for a chance to go to the College World Series this weekend. The draft stuff is nice, but you still have a bit of business to take care of....and he’s ‘I know coacher, I know.’”
Brewer led the Big Ten in batting average (.358). He was second in slugging percentage (.637), RBI (52), hits (69), and stolen bases (19). Brewer finished third in runs (51), doubles (14), was fifth in home runs (12) and ninth in on-base percentage (.415).
At Lincoln Trail College, At Lincoln Trail College, Brewer earned All-Northern District honors after his sophomore year and was a two-time All-Conference and All-Region selection. In two years at LTC, Brewer batted .367, drove in 74 runs, and scored 85 runs. He had 28 stolen bases, 13 home runs, 15 doubles, and six triples.
“It’s easy to say sitting in this position, but it would not shock me to see him in a Big League uniform within three years,” says Bowers. “He’s got a couple of tools that do not slump. He’s a 6.5 runner and he’s a plus, plus defender. Those things in and of itself are going to separate him. The fact that he can hit for average, he can hit for power and he can do it with a wood bat.”
Bowers says what stands out the most to him about Brewer is his attitude. “I’m going to steal something from the guys at Michigan. When you talk about athletes, and baseball players specifically, they talk about guys having five tools. If you’re a five-tool guy, you possess all of the things like arm, speed, power. They look at Jordan as having six tools because of his attitude and they hit the nail on the head. With Jordan, there’s never a bad day. In two years of him on campus, bouncing around, a bad game did not affect him, a loss did not affect him, something bad happening did not affect him. That’s a very unique quality. He tried to lift up everybody around him and that doesn’t happen very often. Guys with his ability sometimes get innate selfishness that they’re here for themselves and I never saw that one time out of him.”
Brewer is the highest-selected former Statesmen in the MLB Draft. Bowers says he’s proud of Brewer and he says this also gives the LTC program some validation. “We’ve had some other guys drafted in the top ten rounds, Jordan being the highest, but the number of guys we’ve had come in and moved on. Now we’re seeing guys move on to schools and be drafted and be drafted in very strong power positions. It’s definitely something we’re going to brag about because it’s something people need to know. Kids are coming in here, they’re getting better, and they’re moving on.”