Saturday, January 24, 2009

Dewon Cortez Brazelton

Better to burn out than fade away, may apply to Dewon Brazelton. He had both knee surgery and Tommy John surgery when he was only fifteen. Seemed like a can't miss superstar pitcher when the Devil Rays drafted him with the 3rd pick of the 1st round of the 2001 draft. He made his major league debut on my 45th birthday, September 12, 2002 against Toronto. He pitched the next four years for the Rays before being traded to the Padres for another first round underacheiver, third baseman, Sean Burroughs. Dewon pitched in 9 games for the Padres, going 0-2 with 12.00 ERA. He last pitched in relief of Jake Peavy, who staked him to an 8-0 lead, Brazelton then gave up four runs on three hits and walk without recording an out on May 11, 2006. He was demoted to the Portland Beavers the next day. He hasn't pitched in the majors since. In October of 2006 the Padres released him, he then signed in 2006 and 2007 as a free agent with the Royals, Pirates and Cardinals. He was released from the Cardinals in spring training of 2008 and I can't find any evidence that he played in MLB or MiLB in 2008. I got the card through ebay.

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