BRINSON, LEWIS

Position: Outfield

DOB: May 8, 1994

Height: 6’3″ / Weight: 195

Bats: Right / Throws: Right

40-man roster: Yes

How acquired: Trade with Rangers (August 1, 2016)

Profile: With Orlando Arcia’s promotion to Milwaukee in the second half of the 2016 season, outfielder Lewis Brinson moved to the top of the Brewers prospect rankings heading into 2017. Acquired from the Texas Rangers along with Luis Ortiz and Ryan Cordell in exchange for catcher Jonathan Lucroy and pitcher Jeremy Jeffress, Brinson joined Triple-A Colorado Springs following the trade and finished out the season with the Sky Sox. Originally drafted out of high school by Texas in the first round of the 2012 draft, Brinson signed for $1.625 million and played in 54 games for the Rangers AZl affiliate as an 18-year-old. He moved up to Class-A Hickory of the South Atlantic League a year later, then split 2014 between Hickory and High-A Myrtle Beach and saw action at three different levels in 2015, reaching Triple-A Round Rock by season’s end. As one of the Rangers prized prospects, Brinson was assigned to the Arizon Fall League following the 2015 season before opening 2016 at Triple-A Frisco. He spent the first two months there before being shut down for several weeks with a shoulder strain but returned to action in early July, proving healthy once again before being dealt to Milwaukee at the trade deadline. An outstanding athlete who displays all five tools, Brinson struggled with his plate discipline early on in his career, but has shown terrific advancements at the plate with an increased ability to get pitches he can handle and drive them to all fields. With incredible outfield range and plus speed, Brinson glides to the ball in centerfield and plays the position with a smoothness that is hard to find. He has a strong enough arm to handle right field, but it’s hard to see his skills not being used in center, where he is best suited.

2012: Signed out of high school, Brinson made his pro debut with the Rangers Arizona League affiliate in 2012. He saw action in 54 games, hitting .284/.345/.523 with 22 doubles, seven triples and seven home runs while swiping 14 bases.

2013: Getting his first taste of full-season ball, Brinson opened 2013 at Low-A Hickory in the South Atlantic League. In 122 games, he saw his average dip to .237 as he struggled to make contact, striking out 191 times in 447 at-bats. when he did put the ball in play, he managed to show good power numbers with 41 of his 106 hits going for extra-bases, including a career high 21 home runs.

2014: Brinson returned to Hickory to open the 2014 season and had much more success in his second trip through the South Atlantic League. Injuries cost him about a month of his season early in the year, but he saw action in 43 games for the Crawdads, hitting .335 with ten home runs, earning a spot on the All-Star team and a promotion to High-A Myrtle Beach. In 46 games over the final half of the season, Brinson hit .246, scoring 17 runs and knocking in 22.

2015: After spending the final two months of the 2014 season in High-A, Brinson joined the Rangers new High-A affiliate in High Desert to open 2015. In half a season there, he hit .337/.416/.628 tallying 22 doubles, seven triples and 13 home runs. He received a promotion to Double-A Frisco in late July where he hit .291 in 28 games before receiving a September promotion to Triple-A Round Rock. Following the minor league season, Brinson was selected to participate in the Arizona Fall League and in 11 games for the Surprise Saguaros, he hit an even .300 finishing with a nine game hitting streak.

2016: After a whirlwind 2015 season, Brinson returned to Double-A Frisco to start 2016. Plagued by injuries, Brinson hit just .237 with 11 home runs in 77 games for the RoughRiders before being traded to Milwaukee at the deadline. Upon joining the Brewers, Brinson was sent to Triple-A Colorado Springs where he finished out the year by hitting .382 over his final 23 games for the Sky Sox.

MPP Pre-Season Prospect Rankings
2017 (#1)