Lewis Brinson
Lewis Brinson
26-Year-Old OutfielderOF
Miami Marlins
2020 Fantasy Outlook
The expected jewel acquired in the Christian Yelich trade needs to pick it up as Brinson will be 26 years old for the majority of the 2020 campaign and Miami is stockpiling other options. He began 2019 as the Marlins' starting centerfielder, but a .197/.247/.263 line with a 34.1 K% in 27 games sent him to Triple-A New Orleans. Brinson slashed .270/.361/.510 in 81 games for the Baby Cakes, earning an early-August promotion. Brinson's .160/.230/.200 finish to the season was even worse than his start. Contact remains an issue. With 97th percentile sprint speed, he needs to put it in play more frequently. Despite going homerless with the Marlins, scouts grade Brinson's raw power at 65. The toolsy outfielder should get the first crack in center and could benefit from the fences being moved in at Marlins Park. Still, at best he's a reserve pick until he shows he can handle MLB pitching. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a one-year, $570,000 contract with the Marlins in March of 2019.
Filling short-side platoon role
OFMiami Marlins
September 23, 2020
Brinson will start in right field and will bat sixth Wednesday against the Braves, Andre Fernandez of Sirius XM Radio reports.
ANALYSIS
Brinson was on the bench for the past two games, but he'll draw back into the lineup as a replacement in the outfield for the lefty-hitting Matt Joyce, who sits with a southpaw (Max Fried) on the mound for Atlanta. Expect Brinson to continue filling a short-side platoon role for Miami in what remains of the team's regular-season schedule and subsequent playoff run.
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Batting Order Slot Breakdown
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Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2018
 
 
+26%
OPS vs LHP
2020
 
 
+40%
OPS vs LHP
2019
 
 
+24%
OPS vs LHP
2018
 
 
+15%
OPS vs LHP
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2018vs Left .648 230 22 5 24 3 .221 .287 .361
Since 2018vs Right .513 524 37 9 44 4 .186 .226 .287
2020vs Left .795 54 7 2 7 1 .260 .315 .480
2020vs Right .566 47 6 1 4 3 .222 .255 .311
2019vs Left .533 64 7 0 5 1 .200 .297 .236
2019vs Right .431 184 8 0 10 0 .164 .214 .216
2018vs Left .637 112 8 3 12 1 .214 .268 .369
2018vs Right .555 293 23 8 30 1 .194 .229 .326
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2018
 
 
+4%
OPS at Home
2020
 
 
+51%
OPS at Home
2019
 
 
+15%
OPS at Home
2018
 
 
+13%
OPS on Road
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2018Home .560 389 29 4 33 4 .217 .265 .294
Since 2018Away .540 373 31 10 36 3 .174 .220 .319
2020Home .796 49 6 2 6 2 .286 .286 .510
2020Away .526 60 8 1 6 2 .185 .267 .259
2019Home .488 131 8 0 12 1 .174 .262 .226
2019Away .423 117 7 0 3 0 .171 .207 .216
2018Home .544 209 15 2 15 1 .224 .263 .281
2018Away .612 196 16 9 27 1 .172 .214 .398
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Stat Review
How does Lewis Brinson compare to other hitters?
This section compares his stats with all batting seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 400 plate appearances)*. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that stat and it would be considered average.

* Exit Velocity and Barrels/PA % are benchmarked against 2019 data (min 400 PA) and Hard Hit Rate is benchmarked against last season's data (min 400 PA). See here for more exit velocity/barrels stats plus an explanation of current limitations with that data set.
  • BB/K
    Walk to strikeout ratio
  • BB Rate
    The percentage of plate appearances resulting in a walk.
  • K Rate
    The percentage of plate appearances resulting in a strikeout.
  • BABIP
    Batting average on balls in play. Measures how many of a batter’s balls in play go for hits.
  • ISO
    Isolated Power. Slugging percentage minus batting average. A computation used to measure a batter's raw power.
  • AVG
    Batting average. Hits divided by at bats.
  • OBP
    On Base Percentage. A measure of how often a batters reaches base. Roughly equal to number of times on base divided by plate appearances.
  • SLG
    Slugging Percentage. A measure of the batting productivity of a hitter. It is calculated as total bases divided by at bats.
  • OPS
    On base plus slugging. THe sum of a batter's on-base percentage and slugging percentage.
  • wOBA
    Weighted on-base average. Measures a player's overall offensive contributions per plate appearance. wOBA combines all the different aspects of hitting into one metric, weighting each of them in proportion to their actual run value.
  • Exit Velocity
    The speed of the baseball as it comes off the bat, immediately after a batter makes contact.
  • Hard Hit Rate
    A measure of contact quality from Sports Info Solutions. This stat explains what percentage of batted balls were hit hard vs. medium or soft.
  • Barrels/PA
    The percentage of plate appearances where a batter had a batted ball classified as a Barrel. A Barrel is a batted ball with similar exit velocity and launch angle to past ones that led to a minimum .500 batting average and 1.500 slugging percentage.
BB/K
0.20
 
BB Rate
5.4%
 
K Rate
26.8%
 
BABIP
.288
 
ISO
.142
 
AVG
.226
 
OBP
.268
 
SLG
.368
 
OPS
.636
 
wOBA
.280
 
Exit Velocity
82.1 mph
 
Hard Hit Rate
30.3%
 
Barrels/PA
5.4%
 
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On a better team, Brinson never would have seen 406 major-league plate appearances last season. It was clear watching him that he oozes athleticism and that he has a future in the game, but it was also clear he was overmatched at the plate and needed more minor-league seasoning. His 2017 minor-league numbers were gaudy, but were also produced while playing in the very cozy Colorado Springs ballpark. In keeper or dynasty leagues, this is a buying opportunity for Brinson as he is not yet 25 and better days are probably ahead. Just know that the short term will still be a struggle until he improves his plate discpline and does not fall behind in so many counts. By falling behind, he's left at the mercy of the opposing pitcher who teases the fringes of the zone with pitches he has to try to spoil rather than attack.
Considered the Brewers' best prospect heading into last season, Brinson did nothing to tarnish that status by putting up big numbers with Triple-A Colorado Springs, which earned him his first trip to the big leagues in June. He didn't play regularly, however, and struggled mightily in a small sample with the bat, so he was sent back to the minors. Following another brief big-league stint, Brinson suffered a broken hand that cut short his campaign. Neither negative really changes his status much, but the offseason trade that sent him to the Marlins as part of a deal for Christian Yelich sure does. He brings plenty of speed and power to the table, and now that he won't face any competition for playing time, the only thing to consider is the Marlins potentially sending him to Triple-A for four or five weeks to gain an extra year of team control. Not only will he not face competition for playing time following the trade, but he could hit third or fourth in the Marlins' lineup at some point in 2018.
Brinson is one of baseball's elite athletes, listed at 6-foot-3 and 195 pounds and with a running style that has been described as "gliding through the outfield." The 22-year-old was having a down year at Double-A Frisco before the Rangers traded him to Milwaukee as the centerpiece of the Jonathan Lucroy deal, as he mustered just a .237/.280/.431 line in 77 games, but he did show growth in his power production with 11 home runs and 31 total extra-base hits in that span. Brinson's good speed and quality arm make him an obvious choice to be Milwaukee's center fielder of the future. The bigger question will be if he can make enough contact to be an impact player at the plate as well. He has struck out 546 times in just 469 minor league games, and he'll need to make some adjustments to a fairly long swing if he wants to hit for average in the show.
Often overshadowed by fellow Rangers outfield prospect Nomar Mazara and former organizational mate Nick Williams, Brinson’s time to shine is fast approaching. At just 21 years old, he may have been the most impressive hitting prospect in the game over the final five weeks of the season, blasting seven homers with five steals while hitting .321 in 140 at-bats at Double-A and Triple-A. Brinson finished with a gaudy .332/.403/.601 line, 20 homers, and 18 steals (on 25 attempts) in 100 games across three levels. An athletic 6-foot-3 center fielder with a plus glove, Brinson brings more to the table than just his impressive offensive tools. It was a pleasantly surprising season for Delino DeShields after Leonys Martin lost his job, but DeShields is a below-average defender in center field and probably more of utility player long term. Brinson is quite clearly the up-the-middle option of the future in Texas, and his reign may begin sometime this summer.
Brinson’s tools are undeniable, which he made clear at Low-A Hickory in 2013 by hitting 21 home runs with 24 steals in 503 plate appearances. But there was a lot of swing and miss in the 20-year-old’s game, as he also had a 38.0% strikeout rate, leading to just a .237 batting average. Fast forward to 2014, and Brinson returned to Hickory with a vengeance, slashing .335/.405/.579 with 10 home runs and seven steals in 186 plate appearances while cutting his strikeout rate down to 24.7%. That performance earned the center fielder a promotion to High-A Myrtle Beach, and even though his strikeout rate remained acceptable, his other numbers tanked (.246/.307/.350 in 199 plate appearances). Brinson is still really young, and the fact that he was able to keep his strikeouts in a workable range all season speaks to the improvements he made after 2013. Look for him to make another set of adjustments heading into 2015, with a chance to finish the year at Double-A.
Brinson whiffed a massive 38 percent of the time during a full season at Low-A Hickory (.237/.322/.427 in 122 games), which doesn't exactly paint a bright picture for his future, despite a well-hyped skill set, after he was selected in the first round in 2012. He profiles well as a defensive stud in center field but still has a long way to go in his offensive development in order to pay dividends in any facet of the game. There's a ton of potential here, as he climbs the minor league ladder, but just as much risk. To begin the 2014 campaign, he'll likely receive a bump to High-A Myrtle Beach.
Brinson was selected in the first round of the June draft and showed good promise in his professional debut in the Arizona League. Comparisons to Cameron Maybin and Dexter Fowler have been thrown about, and he showed a solid power/speed approach with 36 extra-base hits (seven homers) and 14 steals in 16 attempts in just 237 at-bats. He fanned 74 times against just 21 walks, but turned 18 years old just prior to the draft and held his own in his professional debut.
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Swats third homer
OFMiami Marlins
September 12, 2020
Brinson went 1-for-3 with a solo home run during a 5-3 win over the Phillies in the second game of Friday's doubleheader.
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Smacks home run
OFMiami Marlins
September 10, 2020
Brinson went 1-for-4 with a home run, three RBI and a walk Wednesday in the Marlins' 29-9 loss to the Braves.
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Stuck in short-side platoon role
OFMiami Marlins
September 7, 2020
Brinson remains out of the lineup for Monday's game against the Braves, Andre Fernandez of Sirius XM Radio reports.
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Logs fourth straight start
OFMiami Marlins
August 31, 2020
Brinson will start in center field and will bat ninth Monday against the Mets, Jordan McPherson of the Miami Herald reports.
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Removed from lineup
OFMiami Marlins
August 18, 2020
Brinson was removed from the lineup for Tuesday's game against the Mets, Jordan McPherson of the Miami Herald reports.
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