Almanac

Cover Story - August 10, 2011

Menlo Park ballplayer looks for path to major league

by Dave Boyce

Menlo Park resident Skylar Brewer, 22, would like to have a living in which he is paid to play a game, and he may have a shot at it.

"Right now, my major occupation is to be a baseball player," Brewer said when asked to describe his occupation and plans.

He talked with the Almanac while preparing for batting practice at the baseball diamond at Menlo College. It was the last game of the summer for the Menlo Park Legends, a semi-pro team in its third year in the Pacific West Baseball League. Brewer pitches and plays infield for the Legends.

"It's hard looking into the future when you're a baseball player cause you never know when your time is up," Brewer said. "(The years) 23, 24 and 25 are your peak years. That's the period. If you don't make it then ..."

If there is a path to professional baseball, Brewer is surely on it. He is a 2006 graduate of Menlo-Atherton High School and in M-A's Sports Hall of Fame, a distinction that reflects his four years playing M-A baseball. He graduated from Campbellsville University in Kentucky after playing there under a full scholarship.

His dad, Mike Brewer, played right field for the Kansas City Royals and Skylar just completed his second semi-pro summer with the Legends.

"It's a great time," he said about playing for the Legends. "A lot of guys, we come together, we stick together and we battle it out all summer. We're ready to play ball, ready to work and get better as a team."

As for what his next few years will be like, Brewer said he will look for playing slots as a free agent in Texas and overseas so as to get exposure to scouts.

To sustain himself, he said, he will rely on what he earns as a personal trainer.

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