Former Tampa Bay Rays pitcher Dewon Brazelton arrested, charged with hitting girlfriend

TAMPA — Former Rays pitcher Dewon Brazelton was arrested and charged with hitting his fiancee during an argument at International Plaza on Friday, police said.

Brazelton, 30, of St. Petersburg was charged with battery domestic violence and arrested at 11:52 p.m. Friday, jail records show. A witness told police the couple got into an argument and he hit her in the head as she pushed away from him. The woman, who was not identified, has been living with Brazelton for six years and the two are engaged, the police report said.

Brazelton was Tampa Bay's first-round draft pick in 2001 and the third pick overall. He pitched for the team from 2002-05, going 8-23 with a 5.98 ERA. He finished his big-league career with the Padres in 2006, going 0-2, 12.00 in nine appearances.

Brazelton has spent the past two seasons in independent leagues. Last season, he pitched for the Kansas City T-Bones of the Northern League, but he wasn't listed on the team's 2011 roster.

The former pitcher was being held in the Hillsborough County jail without bail Saturday evening, jail records showed.

Robbyn Mitchell, Times staff writer

Former Tampa Bay Rays pitcher Dewon Brazelton arrested, charged with hitting girlfriend 06/04/11 [Last modified: Sunday, June 5, 2011 12:34am]

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