Dominic Smith came in to pinch hit and smacked a 104 mph single off first baseman Jesús Aguilar’s glove to lift the Mets to their fourth-straight win, a 4-3 nail-biter over the Miami Marlins on Thursday.
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.
Lewis Brinson has finally started to show glimpses of the player the #Marlins thought they were getting when they traded Christian Yelich for him and other prospects. So far in the month of August he’s batting .351 with 12 RBI’s. #MLB #JuntosMiami pic.twitter.com/Nv3Gv3S2bB
— Jacob Aframian (@JacobAframian) August 12, 2021
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.
— MLB (@MLB) August 11, 2021
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.
— Miami Marlins (@Marlins) August 11, 2021
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.
Miami Marlins shortstop Jazz Chisholm took live at-bats Tuesday in Jupiter, Florida, for the teams’ Triple-A affiliate.
An exact timetable for Chisholm is unknown but all reports speculate that the speedster could be back from 10 day IL as early as Friday when the Marlins start their homestand vs the @Yankees.
— Brandon L. Carr (@Carrpediem21) July 27, 2021
An exact timetable for Chisholm’s return is unknown, but all reports speculate that the speedster could be back from the 10-day Injury List as early as Friday when the Marlins start their homestand vs. the New York Yankees.
The Marlins placed Chisholm on the IL on July 19 after the shortstop suffered what looked to be a severe shoulder injury after attempting to make a miraculous play on a Bryce Harper bloop single out in rightfield during a July 18 matchup vs. the Philadelphia Phillies.
The team and the fan base should be elated by how confident Chisholm regards his injury, as all signs pointed to something more severe as he laid motionless while waiting to be attended to by the teams’ medical staff.
He told the Miami Herald about the injury, “It could have been way worse than it was, easily. The doctor said, especially if I had hit the ground a little bit harder, and that could have been it for the season.”
While taking ground balls last week, Chisholm rejoiced at how he feels like he is ready to get back out on the field as soon as the team doctors clear him to return.
Expectations are for Chisholm to continue rehabbing until July 29, during the teams’ off-day ahead of their homestead, as mentioned earlier.
Marlins manager Don Mattingly said Chisholm’s speedy recovery is encouraging, especially since he showed so much motion only days after the initial injury.
He told the Miami Herald, “We will see what the trainers say, but him being out there is very encouraging. I know he is excited.”
Mattingly added, “he stopped by my office on the way in. It is good that he is healing quick, but I am sure we will be careful and let medical dictate when he is ready.”
Being on the injury list is nothing new for the bohemian blur who earlier in the season missed 16 games after he suffered a left hamstring strain in early May.
He also missed a few games in late May with a right ankle sprain and some foot discomfort in early June after taking an unavoidable pitch off his right foot.
Jazz Chisholm Jr. appears to be in a great deal of pain after — what looks like — taking a pitch to the ankle.
— Bally Sports Florida & Bally Sports Sun (@BallySportsFL) June 6, 2021
As the team continues its search for a spark down the stretch, Mattingly told MLB.com that Chisholm could skip the recommended rehab assignments and continue taking BPs as preparation for reinstatement by July 30.
Mattingly referenced that a few live pitches could be enough to get him back up to speed as the team is hopeful for reinstatement when he first becomes available Friday.
Through 263 at-bats, Chisholm will return to a .251 batting average with 38 runs scored, 34 RBI, 11 bases on balls, and 11 home runs which is a breath of fresh air for a struggling Marlins team who are last in National League East and losers of 10 out of their previous 14 games.
Listen up for the sweet sounds of the Jazzman as he should be Grazing In The Grass-like Hugh Masekela in a nightcap Friday evening against the Bronx Bombers at loanDepot park. First pitch scheduled at 7:10 p.m.
Monte Harrison showed a glimpse of why Miami Marlins manager Don Mattingly believes he has the chance to be the best defensive outfielder in the organization.
There’s a role for Monte Harrison on a Major League team. This is why. pic.twitter.com/YXyO0Jealw
— Ethan Budowsky (@ethanbudowsky) July 18, 2021
Marlins fans have had Harrison under the microscope for years and there’s pressure for him to show they gained something from losing their former Silver Slugger and MVP outfielder MVP Christian Yelich in the notorious trade.
Monte Harrison tied the game for the Marlins with the first homer of his career! pic.twitter.com/UWhsW1Ubw4
— MLB Pipeline (@MLBPipeline) August 16, 2020
Hall of Fame shortstop Derek Jeter has not shown great promise as a trade negotiator during his tenure as Marlins owner.
He dealt away Yelich to the Brewers in 2018 for Monte Harrison and three other prospects, who each have made little no impact in the Majors.
Yelich would go on to win the 2018 Most Valuable Player award and finish second in the voting in 2019.
Harrison was a three-sport athlete during his time at Lee’s Summit West High School in Missouri.
He had over 1,000 receiving yards and 26 total touchdowns while also averaging over 15 points a game on the basketball court.
— MLB (@MLB) December 16, 2020
Harrison was a four-star recruit and the 33rd ranked Wide Receiver in the nation. He committed to the University of Nebraska before being drafted out of high school by the Brewers in the second round of the 2014 draft.
During his first season in the Brewers system he stole 32 bases and hit .260 in 50 games.
After being sent to Miami in 2018, he played for the Jacksonville Shrimp where he hit 19 home runs and stole 28 bases in 136 games.
That led to him being added to their 40-man roster. He was named to the Futures All-Star game in 2019 where he hit .274 with nine home runs and 20 steals.
Harrison made his Major League debut August 3rd of 2020, but his play at the plate during his time in the Bigs has been subpar. His lack of opportunity has factored into his struggles.
He’s batting just .167 for his career over 53 at-bats, including a 1-for-7 clip season.
Monte Harrison came all the way around from first! 😳 pic.twitter.com/QHgxC7sCBZ
— MLB (@MLB) September 26, 2020
Harrison’s bat will come around, but what he has proven is that his glove is ready for prime time.
Harrison gave us a web gem of the year submission on Saturday night, when he laid all out and made a diving catch down the right field line to save extra bases and keep a nail biter against the Phillies at a 1-1 tie.
— Limbo Parks (@thelimboparks) July 18, 2021
Plays like this come as no surprise to Mattingly, who has been raving about Harrison for years.
“Monte Harrison will be the best outfield defender at whatever position he plays in the outfield,” said Mattingly. “The fans of South Florida are going to love this guy.”
Monte Harrison and his brother Shaquille, who is a member of the Denver Nuggets are in a rare club of brothers in the MLB and NBA; that group includes Klay and Trayce Thompson.
“We just worked our butts off every single day,” said Harrison. We were always those kids that got in trouble, got made fun of and little stuff like that. People thought that we weren’t going to really be anything. We both sat down and were in like, “We can be whatever we want to be, we’ve got to work for it.”
Harrison has been used mostly as a pinch hitter and runner during his time in the Majors this season but with the trade deadline approaching he may get a chance at consistent playing time sooner rather than later.
Major League Baseball and NIKE are unveiling the second jersey in their City Connect Series Monday morning, and on-deck is one of the most-diverse and culturally affluent cities — the Miami Marlins.
We personally unveiled the first jersey in this series from the Boston Red Sox back in April.
We have entered a new era of baseball and the game-changers at NIKE are a huge part of the culture change that invigorating the sport at the grassroots level. From bat flips, walk-off celebrations and passionate play all across the country, this is not the same style of diamond-mining your grandad grew up watching.
In January of 2019 NIKE struck a $3 billion deal, their third with an American professional sports league, to be the uniform maker for Major League Baseball.
MLB and Nike have announced a 10-year deal that makes Nike the official uniform/footwear supplier of MLB beginning in 2020 pic.twitter.com/vCgz48bSJa
— Baseball Bros (@BaseballBros) January 25, 2019
This season, they unveiled a new City Connect Series. The jersey series celebrates the bond between each club and its city, exploring the personality, values and customs that make each community and their residents unique.
No city or team fits this more perfectly than the diverse paradise that is Miami and their hometown Marlins.
The Marlins will be the second team out of seven to have their City Connect jerseys released this year.
The Boston Red Sox were up first and came out big dripping in their yellow and blue Boston Marathon edition (Big thanks to the people at NIKE for sending me a customized version of the jersey). These were worn April 17, in a game vs. the Chicago White Sox.
— MLBbro.com (@MLBbrodotcom) April 18, 2021
Miami will get their chance to dawn their uniforms this upcoming Friday night, and when you think of all the great uniforms that the city has seen, from the orange of the Dolphins to the new blue and pink Vice City edition Heat jerseys and even the green and orange worn by the Hurricane, I have high expectations for these.
This jersey will give an ode to Latin America’s contribution to baseball’s rich history. In 1959, the Cuban Sugar Kings’ won the Junior World Series Championship which opened doors for many future Latin American baseball players to get to the majors.
Fidel Castro nationalized all U.S.-owned enterprises in Cuba and on July 8th moved the team to Jersey City, New Jersey, were they became the Jersey City Jerseys. They lasted there one season before the franchise had to move again due to poor attendance.
The somewhat new normal of black and orange usually worn by the Marlins will be replaced by red for their City Connect jerseys. The jersey’s red color will pay tribute to the energetic vibe and culture of Latin American nations, blending the old school character with the bold swagger of Miami.
“Miami” will be across the chest of the jerseys in the hand-painted style of Miami’s Little Havana neighborhood. On the right sleeve, there will be a redesigned Sugar Kings’ patch to connect Marlins baseball to the Latin American heritage and community in Miami.
One of our favorite, most flashy, stylish and swaggy MLB Bros, Jazz Chisholm, will get a chance to rock the new red uniforms as he returned to the club on Sunday after being sidelined with a hamstring injury since April 28.
Five other teams will wear their City Connects on the field this season while the rest of the league waits until next year. The White Sox on June 5, Cubs on June 12, Diamondbacks on June 18, Giants on July 9 and Dodgers on August 20.
The Marlins will debut their jerseys this coming Friday as they take on the New York Mets and their trio of MLB Bros Dominic Smith, Marcus Stroman and Taijuan Walker.