Lewis Brinson Has A Giant Opportunity To Show That He Can Stick In The Major Leagues

Lewis Brinson Has A Giant Opportunity To Show That He Can Stick In The Major Leagues

LOS ANGELES – Lewis Brinson is getting one giant chance.

On September 1st, Brinson was traded from the Houston Astros to the San Francisco Giants. He had spent the entire 2022 season up to that point in Houston’s minor league system, but ever since the trade, he has been up in the majors.

So far in seven games played for the orange and black (as of Friday afternoon) he is hitting .263, with three home runs and four RBI. He has an on-base percentage of .263 and a slugging percentage of .789.

 

 

Before being a journeyman in the MLB, Brinson was one of baseball’s most exciting young prospects. Scouts were mesmerized by his raw power, his speed, and his strong throwing arm. He ended up being selected with the 29th overall pick in the 2012 MLB draft and was traded to the Brewers in 2016 as a part of a package deal for the former All-Star catcher Jonathan Lucroy.

On June 10th, 2017, Brinson would make his MLB debut with the Brewers. He ended up playing 21 games for them, and he was nothing short of atrocious. He batted .106, only had two home runs, three RBI, an on-base percentage of .236 and a slugging percentage of .277. He ended up getting sent back down, and was absolutely sensational, posting a .331/.400/.562 statline for the entire season.

Brinson got traded the following offseason to the Miami Marlins in a package deal for Christian Yelich. After his terrific 2017 minor league season, he would make the Marlins 2018 Opening Day roster. Derek Jeter was Marlins CEO at the time, and he was very high on Brinson.

 

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He would play in 109 games for the team that season, and once again was a major letdown, as he only batted .199, with 11 home runs and 42 RBI. In his four seasons in south beach, he could not crack a batting average above .226, leading the team to designate Brinson for assignment after the 2021 season. Eventually Jeter was gone due to a difference in philosophy and Brinson was as well.

This season, when Brinson showed flashes of his amazing potential during a stint in Houston’s farm system, as he ended his tenure there with a .299/.356/.574 slashline, strong enough for the Giants to pull the trigger and acquire him for the home stretch of the season.

Brinson is now 28 years old and with his fifth major league organization. He is not that young player that you could understand struggling in the big leagues, he is now in the beginning of his prime.

 

 

If he does not show that he has finally gotten rid of his hitting woes in San Francisco for these last 20+ games, then there’s going to be a huge consensus that this guy may not be able to hang in the majors, even as a journeyman.

#HIGHFIVE | Top 5 Black & Brown MLB Players (Week 18)

#HIGHFIVE | Top 5 Black & Brown MLB Players (Week 18)

Cedric Mullins continues to make history on the field as he joined seven Baltimore Orioles, including Hall of Famer Reggie Jackson, Don Baylor and Paul Blair as members of the 20 home run 20 stolen base club

He has also been one of the hottest hitters on the planet as he has hits in 19 consecutive games after a three-hit performance in the finale of the Tigers series 

For that, he takes the top spot in Week 18 of our #High/Five list.

 

1. Cedric Mullins


The Orioles centerfielder would have a real shot an American League MVP award if he was on a winning team. 

Mullins was named as Rob Parker’s Home Boi Highlights pick after eclipsing the feat. 

 

 

Over his last seven games, Mullins has an average of .345 with two home runs, three RBI, two stolen bases and seven runs scored.

“CM Storm” has climbed his way into the top four in the race for the Major League Baseball batting title, but Astros Michael Brantley still sits on top and has extended his lead over the past few days.

 

 

2. Lewis Brinson

 

Lewis Brinson was a topic of conversation on social media throughout the entire week, but what should be trending is how well he has played.

In Wednesday’s game against the Padres he showed Slam Diego fans they can hit the long ball in Miami too.

He hit two home runs, had three RBI and a walk in a Marlins victory.

 

During the 8th inning of Miami’s game against the Mets last Thursday, members of their broadcast team downplayed Brinson’s power and ability to bat out of the cleanup spot.

Well, as quickly as a SpongeBob “A few moments later” scene comes up, Brinson lined a two run double to the right field gap to ice the Marlins win. 

 

 

Brinson was 12-for-25 this week for a .480 average, three home runs, 10 RBI and three walks.  

His Marlins take on the Chicago Cubs in Sunny South Beach this weekend.

 

3. George Springer


It’s only been a few weeks since the Blue Jays began playing games in Toronto again, yet George Springer is already bigger than Drake in Canada; at least to the Rogers Centre faithful. 

 

 

Last week Springer had the top spot on our #High/Five list after earning his third career Player of the Week award, and even though he fell a few spots, he’s still raking since he came off the IL. 

Springer hit a go-ahead three run home run late in Sunday’s game to lift the Blue Jays over a Boston Red Sox team that they are battling neck-and-neck for a Wild Card spot. 

 

 

On Wednesday night, G Springs hit two home runs in Cali against the Angels, bringing his total to three on the week.

Over his last seven games Springer is batting .267 with nine runs and eight RBI. Look who’s making a late MVP run.

 

4. Tim Anderson


Tim Anderson has shown he is a Prime Time player this year, and that was exactly the case during Week 18. 

 

 

In addition to Major League Baseball’s “Field of Dreams” game Thursday which featured a matchup between the White Sox and the Yankees, the Sox had three total Prime time games this week. 

 Anderson homered on the first pitch of the first-ever Sunday Night Baseball game broadcasted live on ABC. 

Then, less than 24 hours later, T.A. played in a game broadcasted on ESPN against the Twins and would homer in the games first at bat as well.

 

 

Anderson currently sits eighth in the league in batting average.  Over his past seven games, he batted .281 with four RBI and four runs scored.

 

5. Lorenzo Cain

Since coming off of the Injured List July 27th, World Series Champion Lorenzo Cain has been finding his stride at the plate, as he has recorded a hit in 10 of his last 11 games.

 

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Cain hit an opposite field home run to extend his Brewers lead over the Cubs to 4-1 in the sixth.  

 

 

Cain decided not to play during last year’s Covid shortened season, but this year he is getting a chance to show great verteran leadership as he is a part of an outfield that includes fellow MLBbros Jackie Bradley Jr. and Tyrone Taylor.

Over his last seven games, Cain is batting .269 with five RBI, two steals and three runs scored.

This weekend Cain and his Brewers will take on Ke’Bryan Hayes and the Pittsburgh Pirates in the Steel City. 

Lewis Brinson Is Finally Mastering The Matrix At The Plate | Marlins CEO Derek Jeter Is Hyped

Lewis Brinson Is Finally Mastering The Matrix At The Plate | Marlins CEO Derek Jeter Is Hyped

A towering and chiseled six-foot-five, 212 pound man, Lewis Brinson always looked like he was a power hitting outfielder. 

There was a reason that the Texas Rangers used a first round selection on the Florida high school phenom in 2012. He slashed .283/.345/.523 in his debut with the Rangers affiliate in the Arizona League.

Brinson was on pace to be a star before a trade sent him to the Milwaukee Brewers. Just 21 games into his big league career, he got moved again. 

The top prospect in the entire Brewers organization was sent back home to Florida as part of the deal for Christian Yelich. He was destined to be one of the centerpieces of the Marlins’ rebuild under new CEO Derek Jeter.

However, from 2018-2020, he was one of the worst hitters in baseball. His strikeout total (224) was higher than his batting average (.195).

Expectations were lowered. 

This season, he got off to another slow start. On June 16, he was hitting just .221 with only two home runs and 14 total hits. He had been called up and sent down over and over again. It took the Marlins being eliminated from playoff contention, Miami figured it had nothing to lose. 

Give the one time jewel of the organization another, and maybe his last, chance.

The last 20 games though, Lewis Brinson, the prototype power hitter, is back.

Brinson has destroyed opposing pitching since being reinserted into the lineup on July 19.

 

 

The slash line reads .349/.406/.698 over his last 63 at-bats. Brinson has hit five home runs and driven in 18 RBI. Twelve of his 22 hits have gone for extra bases. 

 

In his last five games, Brinson has really gone off.

First, he punished the Colorado Rockies for two nights, going 5-for-7 with three doubles. 

He followed that up with six hits, six RBI, five runs scored, and three home runs. Two of those coming during his first two ABs in Wednesday night’s 7-0 win over the San Diego Padres.

 

 

There is hope that Lewis Brinson has finally figured out how to hit something other than a fastball.

I don’t know about you, but there used to be a place for a glove liek this on anybody’s MLB field.

 

 

Pitchers always figure out young hitters, and teams read the book on Brinson. It read simply, “no fastballs.”

He chased any and every thing else. In the strike zone or out of it, he just couldn’t make contact with everything.

Now, he’s been battling pitches that he normally would have missed completely, and staying away from ones in the dirt. At least, more often than he had in the past. 

It’s an encouraging sign, and a big step.

Lewis Brinson has gone from a star prospect to seeming bust to possibly resurrecting his career.  It’s too early to know if this is a blip or a trend; but we’ll be watching.