Lewis Brinson

Position: CF
Level: Double-A
Affiliate: Frisco RoughRiders
Age: 22 yrs, 2m
Height: 6'3"
Weight: 195
B/T: Right / Right
Acquired: 1st Rd., (#29 overall), 2012 MLB First-Year Player Draft (TEX)

Prospect Spotlight

Ranked 2080 Baseball’s 14th-best prospect in the game entering 2016, Brinson started off slowly for Double-A Frisco before missing most of June with a shoulder injury. Since returning the former first rounder has been swinging a hot stick, slashing .361/.410/.750 over 39 plate appearances in July, including a monster three-game series against Northwest Arkansas in which Brinson hit .500 and homered in each contest.

The Coral Springs H.S. (Coral Springs, FL) product is a dynamic talent, possessing plus speed, double-plus raw power, an above-average arm, and good instincts in the field. He has the physical ability to play any outfield position, and he should perform as a top-tier defensive center fielder long term, already showing that level of play at times. Additionally, he’s an asset on the bases, showing a solid feel for the craft of stealing bases, and comfort grabbing an extra bag on balls in play when the opportunity arises.

In the batter’s box, Brinson takes big cuts to big effect when he is seeing the ball well. There’s all-fields power in the barrel, and enough feel for contact to give hope that he can continue to cut down on empty swings even as he faces more advanced arms at the upper levels. His second half will be watched closely by the Rangers and rival evaluators alike, as the excess outfield depth in the system makes Brinson, along with fellow top-shelf prospect Joey Gallo, prime trade targets. He could be ready to help out a big league club as early as next year.