“This might sound hyperbolic, which isn’t the type of chamber Michael Jackson used to sleep in, but I think Lewis 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.” And that’s me quoting me from my Lewis Brinson post from last year. In only 47 ABs last year for the Brewers, Brinson struck out 31% of the time and hit .106. Super small sample size — that’s what she said, and then I asked her if she meant it ironically. It does show there’s still a problem here though. Of course, there’s also still wonderful to be found in Brinson. His Triple-A numbers last year were 13 HRs, 11 SBs, .331 in 299 ABs while only K’ing 18% of the time. Right direction for the fire emoji, and away from the flame out, but he did have a .377 BABIP, which is likely a little high, even for someone with his speed. So, what can we expect from Lewis Brinson for 2018 fantasy baseball?
On Prospect Ralph’s top 50 prospects for 2018 fantasy baseball, Brinson is still at 11th overall. I still love him too. Brinson, not Ralph. Though, Ralph’s kinda sexy too. In a super macho way! The only reason why I’m still talking about Brinson is because of how purdy his swing and running is. He’s a 25/25 guy in the making. Unfortunately, last year, we only watched him make, as in the 17th definition of make referring to making a doodie. How does anyone have a hard time learning English? It’s so straightforward! Also, Ryan Braun (for at least half the season) and Domingo Santana have at least two outfield spots wrapped up in Milwaukee. Braun said he’d be open to moving to first, but that might not be until 2019. Then again, shizz happens and Braun could be playing for another team by July. The last outfield spot right now looks like a Keon Broxton and Brett Phillips blahtoon. Actually, as everyone ever said when about to mansplain, Broxton’s not that bad. Hernan Perez is in the mix too. And, oh, Hayzeus Cristo, do the Brewers have a place for Brinson? I don’t think so. He feels like a guy that could slip between the Brewers’ cracks, as plumbers in Milwaukee say, and just not get enough ABs, see? Alphabet pun! I want Brinson to get 500+ at-bats, but what I want in one hand and the 17th definition of ‘make’ in the other hand, and you have more in the 2nd hand. For 2018, I’ll give Brinson the projections of 32/8/35/.241/12 in 277 ABs, but with room for more, but the Brewers need to make that room. 1st definition of ‘make’ there.