In his evaluation, Law highlighted two primary reasons for the Brewers high organizational ranking: strong recent drafts and good returns in trades.
“The Brewers’ rebuild has been overshadowed by the presence of three contenders in the division, but they’ve done a good job restocking the system in the last 18 months with two strong draft classes and huge returns on trades of veterans.” ~ Keith Law
The third prospect received in that deal is the biggest piece. Outfielder Lewis Brinson is a legitimate power-speed combination player. He is now Milwaukee’s top-ranked overall prospect.
Brinson was selected by the Rangers with their first round pick at 29th overall in the 2012 MLB Amateur Draft out of Coral Spring High School in Florida.
He rose through the Texas minor league organization over the ensuing five years, excelling at each stop. Last year, Brinson was slowed by a shoulder injury prior to the trade. He still managed double-digit home run and stolen base totals while with the Rangers system.
MILWAUKEE OUTFIELD MAY BE IN TRANSITION
Brinson is now in camp with the Brewers, and has shined thus far this spring. In 28 plate appearances over his first 11 games, Brinson is hitting for a .286/.355/.571 slash line. He has two homers and seven RBI thus far.
Brinson will likely start the season at AAA Colorado Springs, a hitter’s paradise that should allow him to build confidence and pad his statistical resume.
The Brewers were very close to a trade last summer involving Braun. The 33-year old does not figure to be around when the club is ready to contend. He is again likely to be a hot topic of trade rumor conversation as this coming season moves along.
BRINSON CLOSING IN ON BIG LEAGUES
Brinson is getting close to making his big league debut. He has a quick bat, plus power, can run the bases. Defensively, he can cover tons of ground in the outfield. A couple of more months of work at the AAA level working on pitch recognition, and he should be ready.
“I tell everybody all the time that I’m honored to be on prospect lists and be considered one of the best players in the minor leagues. It’s pretty cool to get that notification, but at the same time I want to not be a prospect anymore…It’s all good and dandy now, but the ultimate goal is to get to the big leagues.”
It could come due to a Braun trade, an injury to someone, or simply his own play forcing the issue over one of the other outfielders.
But it would be no surprise to see Brinson in Milwaukee before this season is out. The hope of the Brewers and their fans is that he is just beginning a long, exciting career.