Lewis Brinson

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Lewis Lamont Brinson

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Biographical Information[edit]

Outfielder Lewis Brinson was a first-round pick in the 2012 amateur draft, being selected 29th overall by the Texas Rangers.

Brinson hit .394 with 4 home runs and 11 steals as a high school senior. He had a scholarship offer from the University of Florida when the Rangers picked him with their first-round selection in 2012. He soon signed for a $1.625 million bonus and made his pro debut with the AZL Rangers on June 20th, going 1-for-5 with a triple. He hit a solid .283/.345/.523 in 54 games to confirm his status as a top prospect.

In 2013, Lewis played 122 games with the Hickory Crawdads of the South Atlantic League while being over two and half years younger than the average player in the circuit. He only hit .237 and struck out a whopping 191 times, but had 18 doubles and 21 homers and stole 24 bases. In 2014, he hit .335 in his first 43 games for Hickory to earn a mid-season promotion to the Myrtle Beach Pelicans of the Carolina League. His batting average fell to .246 against the higher level of competition, but his combined line was .288/.354/.458 in 89 games, and he cut his strikeouts to 96. In 2015, he played an even 100 games, starting at Myrtle Beach in Class A and ending up with the AAA Round Rock Express. He hit a blazing .332/.403/.601, with 31 doubles, 8 triples and 20 homers, scored 74 runs and drove in 69 and also stole 18 bases. His control of the strike zone continued to improve, as he struck out 98 times and drew 44 walks.

In 2016, he was hitting .237 after 77 games with the AA Frisco Rough Riders when on August 1st he was traded to the Milwaukee Brewers alongside fellow prospect Luis Ortiz in return for C Jonathan Lucroy and P Jeremy Jeffress. He hit .382 in 23 games for the Colorado Springs Sky Sox after the trade to finish the season with a batting line of .268/.305/.468 in 104 games, 2ith 24 doubles, 6 triples and 15 homers, in addition to 63 runs and 61 RBIs. He returned to Colorado Springs in 2017 and was named to the United States team for the 2017 Futures Game. In 76 games in AAA, he hit .331/.400/.562, with 13 homers and 48 RBIs, taking advantage of the favorable hitting environment to put up some great stats. He made his major league debut on June 11th but in 21 games in Milwaukee, he hit just 106.

Brinson was considered the Brewers' number 1 prospect heading into the 2018 season, but on January 25th, he was traded to the Miami Marlins alongside IF Isan Diaz, OF Monte Harrison and P Jordan Yamamoto in return for OF Christian Yelich, as the Brewers decided to make a major push towards earning a postseason slot. He was likely to have plenty of opportunity to get some playing time in Miami, as the Marlins had traded all three of their starting outfielders from 2017 - Yelich, Giancarlo Stanton and Marcell Ozuna in what was a fire sale by the team's new ownership. For Brinson's part, he said he was quite excited about the trade as he had grown up a Marlins fan and dreamed of playing for the team. His idol at the time was speedy outfielder Juan Pierre.

Further Reading[edit]

  • Bill Chastain: "Brinson excited to play for hometown team: Newly acquired prospect grew up in Fort Lauderdale rooting for Marlins", mlb.com, January 26, 2018. [1]
  • Andrew Simon: "Don't give up on these two former phenoms: They struggled as rookies, but don't count out these former phenoms", mlb.com, March 6, 2019. [2]

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