Nomar Mazara was ownable for a good part of this past year in all redraft leagues.  He waned a little towards the end of the year, but, as a rookie, Mazara had 20 homers and hit .266, which is more than respectable.  What does this have to do with Lewis Brinson?  Glad you asked, Clunky Segue Question.  Lewis Brinson was ranked higher than Nomar Mazara in the Rangers’ minor league system entering last season.  Then Lewis Brinson and Luis Ortiz were sent to the Brewers in a midseason Lucroy trade.  By the way, Luis/Lewis is the Spanish version of tomato-tomahto.  Brinson above Mazara though, well, interjection, that makes me say hmm… That’s interesting, because, like Mary J. Blige, I have real love for Mazara.  So, I went to look at tape of Brinson and now I’m typing this with my drool.

Damn, that’s some gorge shizz that’s got me engorged.  He looks like a young Alex Rios.  It’s hard to separate ourselves from what Rios became, but a young Rios was a perennial top 10 outfielder.  Okay, a bi-perennial, but that was more to do with Rios’ attitude and less to do with his talent.  An art collector friend told me, “If you give a piece of art a few seconds, you get a few seconds of pleasure.  If you give a piece of art more time, you get more from it.”  That GIF is like a piece of art that you keep getting more from the more you look at it.  We first see his swing (against what looks like Brad Penny), but you can see his speed just by how he leaves the batter’s box.  If one swing can show you a five-tool player, I’d contend that swings does it.  He should have “Fun Zone” above him every time he swings.  You can also tell how far that homer goes by the pitcher and 2nd baseman’s reaction.  There’s people on a trampoline in right-center expressing their enthusiasm for Brinson and, as the outfield fence tells us, we’re getting Intel from looking at this.  Finally, who is Brinson?  H.E.B….Or simply he be…This.  Oh, and I have an art collector friend?  *makes farting noise with hand under armpit*  Ha!  Anyway, what can we expect from Lewis Brinson for 2017 fantasy baseball:

Has a lot to do with his promotion date.  This might sound hyperbolic, which isn’t the type of chamber Michael Jackson used to sleep in, but I think Brinson can be the Rookie of the Year in the NL next year if he gets the ABs.  He could vault himself into the conversation for top ten outfielders as soon as 2018 with the opportunity.  Only thing stopping him besides playing time is his plate discipline.  That concerns me.  He’s pretty swing happy.  Last year in 23 Triple-A games, he walked at a 2.2% clip and K’d at a 22.6% mark.  That’s fairly awful.  Granted, it looks like every Brewers’ hitter besides Braun, but still awful.  The Brewers might be the only team that would have a lower than 20% chance of scoring with the bases loaded and no outs.  Here’s my Brewers’ poem that doesn’t rhyme:

And Carter…Ks.  Sigh.
And Domingo…Ks.  Sigh.
And Broxton…Ks.
Sighing Off, Brewers Fan.

Domingo and Broxton should see starting jobs, and Braun will too, of course, but maybe not for the Brewers, which could boost Brinson’s timetable.  Without a Braun trade, Brinson might need an injury or could be a June call-up and platoon.  For 2017, I’ll give him 37/10/32/.231/15 in 315 ABs with room for major upside.

 
  1. Boomer19 says:
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    Good morning. Hoping Lewis gets 400+ at bats. On another note, saw a recent mock you did where you picked Goldy second overall. Pretty bold statement. I like him there too but I’d have a tough time passing over Betts. I do like your draft. As far as pitching goes who do you like better out of Salazar and Carrasco? Or are they pretty much same tier? Enjoy the day!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Boomer19: I like Carrasco a little better, but they both have question marks right now… I didn’t take Carrasco b/c I believe he was drafted right before I had a chance

  2. CMUTimmah says:
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    I love your optimism here, but one GIF does not a hitter make. I could show you some real pretty Jesus Montero GIFs… haha

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @CMUTimmah: You don’t believe in the power of the GIF?!

  3. Cram It says:
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    Atmosphere tonight, boyyyyyyyy

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Cram It: Nice! I didn’t know he does shows outside of Minnesota (pronounced Minny-soda)

      • Cram It says:
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        @Grey: Oh yah. He tours ahl over doontcha know?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Haha… Where are you seeing him at? Good venue?

          • Cram It says:
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            @Grey: Yeah, 9:30 club in DC.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Nice… Hopefully he limits new music…

              • SheriffMcRawDawg says:
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                @Grey: it’s actually minne-snowta. and yeah he tours like a madman.

                how are you liking the new tribe album?

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Listening to it still… I think Jairobi is the weakest element and he’s on it A LOT… Don’t think there’s any clear bangers and I’m not sure it’s even as good as Beats, Rhymes and Life, if we’re being honest… What do you think?

                  • SheriffMcRawDawg says:
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                    @Grey: yeah I can hear that. Still digesting it, but Q is one of my favorites. So far I’m liking space program and killing season. Feel the former is even more poignant given the last week. Also like whateva will be.

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Yeah, feels a bit like a Tip solo album with guest spots… The song Ego is longing for Phife, shame…

                  • Ralph Lifshitz

                    Ralph Lifshitz says:
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                    @Grey: Möbius IMO is a banger. Consequence destroys that shit.

                    I’m a fan of the production.

                    New Rass Kass jams were fire.
                    m.youtube.com/watch?v=9JtuYe…

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      You see the Tribe doc? Tip supposedly labors over one song forever and this album doesn’t feel rushed… maybe overproduced at times

                  • Big Odio says:
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                    After that tribe doc where tip comes off as a petty jealous bitch I can’t get that into them. I heard the new album but I blew it off. You can’t catch lightening 20 years later and there is plenty of other music to explore.

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      I don’t fully disagree… I think without the history of tribe and this was just another album people would be like whatever

                  • SheriffMcRawDawg says:
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                    @Grey: agree the production almost sounds mismashey/too layered at times; Kno commented that he was trying to decide if it was intentional or not. either way it’s a throwback sound and I’m liking it

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      I’m liking it, not loving it

              • Cram It says:
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                @Grey: I was looking at his recent setlists and it looks like the first 1/3 to 1/2 are off the new album. We’ll see.

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Did you get more into the new album? I never really went back to it…

                  • Cram It says:
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                    @Grey: Briefly. It’s better than my initial impression. But just okay.

                    He has opened with your favorite, “Like a Fire” every time though.

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      I’d stand at the stage and scream the entire night, “Vampires, Shrapnel, Smart Went Crazy, Trying to Find a Balance.”

                    • Cram It says:
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                      @Cram It: Haha. That’s totally me! I have a pretty good record of getting the song I want to hear if I’m in shouting distance. Langhorne Slim played “Fire” for me 2 weeks ago. Of course, they may have already been on the setlist the whole time. *shrug*

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Haha… yeah, I just want to hear the hits at a show exactly as it’s heard on the album

  4. Big Odio says:
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    This art collector friend you have. Are they buying for themselves or do they purchase for others? And by themselves I mean blow all their money on art and live in a shitty apartment. I’m serious, this intrigues me. I had a friend, who was an artist and art historian who used to teach at the university of Oregon…and no he doesn’t know sky.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Big Odio: Sky…Sigh…Where is that young brother? I went to Zankou last night and thought about how he vomited in the bathroom…. I don’t have an art collector friend, which is why I farted at the end of that paragraph… Cougs’ family does collect art…They have a Larry Rivers in their house… It used to be behind me when I did RazzTV in the desert

      • Big Odio says:
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        @Grey: Larry Rivers? Never heard of it. That makes me feel better you don’t have a ACF. That would be LAME. My extent of art is going to my tattoo artist friends shows where they show their paintings.

        Yeah sky is a bus boy. We still text but not like before. Is zankou where he passed out in the bathroom and you couldn’t get him out?

  5. Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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    Not sure if you’re a steamer guy, but just happened to notice their projections for Story . . . wowzers! Even a conservative system like that has him as #4 SS w/ 27 HR, 15 SB, 85 R and RBI each and a .261 BA.

    27 HR seems a little light for him, but I’ll take that any day!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I saw… very sexy and I agree feels light on power

  6. Big Odio says:
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    Art, music, concerts, tv shows, and movies? Am I in a time machine and going back to 3 years ago in season? I always enjoy this stuff, actually better than most the baseball talk, wish people would do it all year

    • Scott says:
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      @Big Odio: Kirby or Buscema?

      • Big Odio says:
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        @Scott: I don’t have an opinion on that. I don’t read those types of comics

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Over catcher questions? Cmon!

  7. Ante GALIC says:
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    Grey!

    Fantastic write-up! You should be a real estate agent, you’d make a fortune!

    a. Sorry for my tardiness! The Ambassadors’ visit was today. The skinny…The Turkish Ambassador is a total A_hole snob from Ankara. He had a pained expression on his face when I asked him where he was from. Like how can’t you know from my superior intelligence and methods of negotiating that I’m Ankara!

    b. I tried to make small talk with him. I tell him that I was almost appointed to work with UNHCR in their Gazantiep office. He says…Oh, Gazantiep is a terrible place. It’s more oriented towards Syria (before the conflict, now more so). Plus his brother (and his wife, he had to mention that) were both judges who spent 2 years in Gazantiep and they really hated it.

    c. To make matters worse, he didn’t even participate in the mission to the camp because he cited a potential heat stroke! The first stop in the mission was the market in Farchana. He didn’t get out of the car. Then we went to the base compound for lunch before going to the camp. He stayed in his room, saying that he had ‘a lot’ of work to do! That’s code for ‘slammin’ the ham’ where I come from. ‘Hey, honey! you go ahead with the kids, I’ve got ‘a lot’ of work to do!!!’

    d. German Ambassador is so cool. She speaks like 10 languages – Turkish, Arabic, French, Spanish, English, German (of course!!) – hey that’s only 6. But I’m sure she knows others.

    e. Downloaded SNL s42e06, with Dave Chapelle as host and Tribe called quest as musical guest! This is a landmark episode of SNL, you will never see a better episode! Weekend update was killer, and all of Chapelle’s sketches will win him an Emmy!

    Cheers,
    Ante

    • Big Odio says:
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      @Ante GALIC: nothing worse than snotty turks..Okay maybe snotty fantasy baseball perts and commenters, but it’s close…real close

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks! Haha… a. A worthy excuse! What a Ankara tool! B. Yikes, sounds like you’re better off C. That’s awesome… slammin the ham! D wow E. it was solid… I liked the Walking Dead and Real Election with Rock

  8. DBo says:
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    Dynasty league, Posey/Baez for Strasburg. Which side (currently also have Gary Sanchez at C)? Thanks in advance!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Posey

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