Lewis Brinson
Lewis Brinson 8.11.21.jpg
Brinson with the Marlins in 2021
Houston Astros
Outfielder
Born: (1994-05-08) May 8, 1994 (age 28)
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Bats: Right
Throws: Right
MLB debut
June 11, 2017, for the Milwaukee Brewers
MLB statistics
(through October 2, 2021)
Batting average.199
Home runs25
Runs batted in105
Teams

Lewis Lamont Brinson (born May 8, 1994) is an American professional baseball outfielder in the Houston Astros organization. He previously played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Milwaukee Brewers and Miami Marlins.

Early life

Lewis Brinson grew up in South Florida. As a child, he aspired to play baseball for the Florida Marlins.[1] Brinson attended Coral Springs High School in Coral Springs, Florida.[2] In the summer before his senior year, he won a home run derby for prospects at Wrigley Field. He initially committed to play college baseball for the Florida Gators of the University of Florida.[3]

Career

Texas Rangers

Brinson with the Frisco RoughRiders in 2016
Brinson with the Frisco RoughRiders in 2016

The Texas Rangers selected Brinson in the first round of the 2012 Major League Baseball draft.[4] He signed with the Rangers, receiving a $1.625 million signing bonus,[5] and made his professional debut with the Arizona League Rangers, hitting .283/.345/.523 with seven home runs over 237 at-bats in 54 games.[6]

Brinson spent 2013 with the Hickory Crawdads of the Class A South Atlantic League, hitting .237/.322/.427 with 21 home runs. He started 2014 with Hickory before being promoted to the Myrtle Beach Pelicans.[7] In 347 at-bats over 89 games, he hit .288/.354/.458 with 13 home runs. Brinson started 2015 with the High Desert Mavericks of the Class A-Advanced California League and was promoted to the Frisco RoughRiders of the Double-A Texas League and Round Rock Express of the Triple-A Pacific Coast League (PCL) during the season.[8][9][10] In 100 games over the three levels, he hit .332/.403/.601 with 20 home runs. After the season, he played in the Arizona Fall League.[11] Brinson was invited to spring training by the Rangers in 2016.[12] He began the season in Frisco.[13]

Milwaukee Brewers

On August 1, 2016, the Rangers traded Brinson, Luis Ortiz, and a player to be named later, Ryan Cordell to the Milwaukee Brewers for Jonathan Lucroy and Jeremy Jeffress.[14] The Brewers assigned Brinson to the Colorado Springs Sky Sox of the PCL.[15] He finished the 2016 season with a .268 batting average, 15 homers and 61 RBI's.[16] The Brewers added him to their 40-man roster after the season.[17]

Brinson began the 2017 season with Colorado Springs. The Brewers promoted him to the major leagues on June 10.[18] In 21 games, Brinson hit two home runs and batted .106.

Miami Marlins

On January 25, 2018, the Brewers traded Brinson, Isan Díaz, Monte Harrison, and Jordan Yamamoto to the Miami Marlins for Christian Yelich.[19] MLB.com ranked Brinson as Miami's top prospect going into the 2018 season.[20] On March 25, 2018, the Marlins announced that Brinson had made the Opening Day roster.[21] He was demoted to AAA on April 30, 2019, and promoted back to the major leagues on August 5.[22]

During the pandemic-shortened 2020 MLB season, Brinson hit over .200 for the first time in his major league career, hitting .226/.268/.368 with three home runs and 12 RBIs in 47 games. Brinson additionally made his first appearance in the postseason where he was hitless in six at-bats. Brinson again made the Marlins' Opening Day roster in 2021.[23] In August of 2021, Brinson claimed to have been called a racial slur by a fan at Coors Field. A subsequent investigation by MLB found that the fan was trying to get the attention of the Rockies mascot, "Dinger" for his grand children.[24] After saying he was "open" to that explanation, Brinson continued to insist he had been called a racial slur, and demanded that the Rockies change the mascot's name. [25] [26] The Marlins designated Brinson for assignment after the 2021 season. He was non-tendered on November 30, making him a free agent.[27]

Houston Astros

On March 12, 2022, Brinson signed a minors deal with the Houston Astros.

References

  1. ^ Wine, Steven (January 26, 2018). "After trade from Brewers, Marlins fan Lewis Brinson says he likes direction of franchise". Wisconsin State Journal. Associated Press. Retrieved January 26, 2018.
  2. ^ "Coral Springs' Lewis Brinson hoping to deliver Colts first state baseball title". Sun-Sentinel. April 24, 2012. Retrieved January 27, 2016.
  3. ^ Fraley, Gerry (June 4, 2012). "Rangers select outfielder Lewis Brinson with No. 29 pick in MLB draft". Dallas Morning News. Retrieved January 26, 2018.
  4. ^ "Rangers take the high (school) road in MLB draft". star-telegram. Retrieved January 27, 2016.
  5. ^ "Texas Rangers: Rangers Top Prospects, No. 2: Lewis Brinson, center fielder with plus power that continues to improve | SportsDay". Sportsday.dallasnews.com. January 14, 2016. Retrieved June 11, 2017.
  6. ^ "Texas Rangers: Rangers prospect primer: Speedy OF Lewis Brinson has upside like B.J. Upton - SportsDay". SportsDay. Archived from the original on January 25, 2016. Retrieved January 27, 2016.
  7. ^ "'Dads first-rounder Brinson living up to expectations". Retrieved January 27, 2016.
  8. ^ "California League notebook: Texas Rangers' Lewis Brinson brings all the tools to High Desert Mavericks - MiLB.com News - The Official Site of Minor League Baseball". MiLB.com. Retrieved January 27, 2016.
  9. ^ "Rangers outfield prospect plays like first-rounder in Frisco". star-telegram. Retrieved January 27, 2016.
  10. ^ "Texas Rangers: Rangers Top Prospects, No. 2: Lewis Brinson, center fielder with plus power that continues to improve - SportsDay". SportsDay. January 14, 2016. Retrieved January 27, 2016.
  11. ^ "Rangers' Lewis Brinson grew in Fall League". Major League Baseball. Retrieved January 27, 2016.
  12. ^ "Texas Rangers: Top-level Rangers prospect Brinson to receive exposure with big club in spring - SportsDay". SportsDay. January 18, 2016. Retrieved January 27, 2016.
  13. ^ "Texas Rangers: Top Rangers prospect Lewis Brinson is adusting to life in Dallas but can't get behind one local team | SportsDay". Sportsday.dallasnews.com. April 6, 2016. Retrieved June 11, 2017.
  14. ^ "Jonathan Lucroy acquired by Texas Rangers from Milwaukee Brewers". Espn.go.com. August 2, 2016. Retrieved June 11, 2017.
  15. ^ "The Official Site of Minor League Baseball".
  16. ^ "Lewis Brinson Stats, Highlights, Bio | MiLB.com Stats | The Official Site of Minor League Baseball". Milb.com. Retrieved June 11, 2017.
  17. ^ McCalvy, Adam (January 20, 2016). "Brewers' Brinson, Hader added to 40-man roster | MLB.com". M.brewers.mlb.com. Retrieved June 11, 2017.
  18. ^ "Brewers call up top prospect Brinson". MiLB.com. Retrieved June 11, 2017.
  19. ^ "Brewers acquire OF Christian Yelich from rebuilding Marlins". ESPN.com. January 25, 2018. Retrieved January 25, 2018.
  20. ^ "Brinson leads Marlins' revamped Top 30". MLB.com. Retrieved February 22, 2018.
  21. ^ "Brinson makes Marlins' Opening Day roster". MLB.com. Retrieved March 25, 2018.
  22. ^ McPherson, Jordan (August 5, 2019). "Miami Marlins giving Isan Diaz first MLB opportunity, Lewis Brinson chance for redemption". Miami Herald. Retrieved August 5, 2019.
  23. ^ Hendricks, Ben (April 1, 2021). "Miami Marlins 2021 Opening Day Roster". The Game Haus. Retrieved June 20, 2021.
  24. ^ "Rockies: Fan shouted at mascot, didn't use slur". August 9, 2021.
  25. ^ "Brinson says he hears slur after reviewing video". August 10, 2021.
  26. ^ "Marlins' Lewis Brinson Says He Still Hears Slur After Rockies' 'Dinger' Explanation". Bleacher Report.
  27. ^ Castrovince, Anthony (December 1, 2021). "List of Non-Tendered Free Agents By Team". MLB.com. Retrieved December 1, 2021.