Shaw, Brewer team up again down on the farm

SIDELINES

July 09, 1993|By PAT O"MALLEY

After playing youth baseball together in the Greater Gle Burnie program, John Shaw and Brian Brewer went their separate ways in high school, but have been reunited in professional baseball.

Shaw, a right-handed pitcher from Mount St. Joseph High in Baltimore, and Brewer, a power-hitting first baseman from Old Mill, are playing together on the Chicago Cubs' Single-A minor-league affiliate in Parkersburg, W.Va.

The two Millersville residents were invited to a tryout camp in Ohio a couple of weeks ago along with 500 other players. They survived the cut and were signed by the Cubs to minor-league contracts.

"Each kid got a jersey with a number on it and 72 of the 500 players were pitchers," said Bill Shaw, John's dad.

"They worked the kids out for four days and held a supplemental draft. It's ironic that during John's years pitching at Dayton [University, where he graduated this year], Cincinnati, St. Louis and Pittsburgh talked to him about signing and Pittsburgh invited him to the tryout, but Chicago signed him."

Ten National League clubs participated in the camp that resulted in pro opportunities for the local pair.

Upon graduating from St. Joe in 1989, Shaw spent one year at Catonsville Community College before landing at Dayton where he was a closer for the Flyers for three years.

Brewer was an All-County outfielder on Old Mill's state 4A champion in 1989 that went 20-1, including a 20-3 rout of Bethesda-Chevy Chase in the championship game. Brewer hit .393 with 27 runs scored for the Patriots and went on to sparkle at Division III power Marietta (Ga.) College.

This spring Brewer batted over .300 and had a slugging percentage of better than .600 for Marietta.

Brewer played summers with Mayo Post No. 226 American Legion and Shaw played for the Wagner's Orioles of Clayton Jacobson and briefly for Mayo, but never with Brewer.

The two currently are playing in Huntington, W.Va., and return to Parkersburg on Monday and will play until the end of August. All the players on the club are college players.

Shaw has yet to give up a hit or walk in four innings of relief and has struck out six.

Brewer is looking for his first hit after a handful of at-bats.

* How about congrats to Mayo Post 226 for going 5-1 in a three-way tie for first in the Binghamton, N.Y., tournament that included teams from Canada, Puerto Rico, and Jacksonville, Fla.?

Coach Bernie Walter's club distinguished itself. The highlight probably was Brandon Agamennone's two-hit 5-0 shutout of Puerto Rico. The Baltimore Sun All-Metro and All-County

right-hander threw only 69 pitches and struck out seven.

During his high school season (8-0, 0.71 ERA, four saves), in which he pitched Arundel High (21-1) to the state 4A title and No. 1 ranking in Collegiate Baseball, Agamennone's trademark was low pitch counts and many outs and showed a knack to make opponents hit his pitch.

Aggie has one more year at Arundel and hopes to take a few American Legion credits into his senior year at the Gambrills school.

"Mayo is definitely the team to beat in the state legion tournament, and really, I believe they will win it," said Cambridge-South Dorchester Post coach Doug Fleetwood, who led his team to the finals a year ago before bowing to Frederick's Francis Scott Key Post.

"We've seen or played most of the top legion teams around the state and Bernie's team looks like the one."

Mayo was unseated as the local champion last summer by Severna Park.

It last won a state title in 1990, the year it went on to win the national championship in Oregon.

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