Brinsanity will happen in Milwaukee at some point in 2017, it’s just a matter of when. Lewis Brinson has taken the Pacific Coast League by storm since getting traded to the Brewers organization last August. Since the trade, all he has done is post a .384 average with 7 homers and 13 doubles in 138 at-bats. Those are phenomenal numbers for the 23-year-old outfielder. It seems as if every single night MLB Pipeline is tweeting about a crazy good night at the plate or a sensational grab he makes in the field. He possesses the potential to become a star and the fans are itching to see this guy roam the outfield at Miller Park.
Sorry Brewer fans, but you won’t see Brinson in Milwaukee until late May at the earliest. It doesn’t make much sense to start his service clock early with the contract implications at this point of the rebuild. I think we will all get a glimpse of Brinsanity at the major league level in mid-June. There are a number of situations that could ensue in the next few months to push Brinson to the bigs. Braun may be traded. Keon Broxton & Domingo Santana may not turn it around. Injuries might happen. It’s only a matter of time until Brinson makes his way to the Brewers.
Through 23 games the offensive production from the outfield minus Braun as been abysmal. Broxton, who was tabbed as a breakout candidate, has not produced. He is hitting .169 and has struck out in 44% of his at-bats. It’s been tough for him to use his speed when he isn’t putting the ball in play or getting on base. The strikeout rate is concerning. The defense he brings is awesome, everyone is just hoping he can turn it around with the stick. Domingo Santana is also having some early season woes. He’s hitting .169 but has been walking at a decent clip to bring is OBP to .276. The walks have been promising; however, he hasn’t quite been the big bat in the middle of the order everyone was hoping for. Don’t expect them either of them to be taken out of the lineup anytime soon. Counsell has gone out and said he was going to let these guys play through their struggles because he believes they are potential impact players. Lets just hope it happens sooner rather than later.
Ryan Braun has been….well….Ryan Braun. He’s consistent. You know what you’re going to get. A player that hits around .300 with 25+ homers, 85+ RBI and solid defense. When he’s on the field you know what you’re going to get. The only things that could take Braun out of the lineup is an injury or trade. The trade rumors are already rolling. Once again the Dodgers seem to be a nice fit for Braun. I’m sure that as the season goes on there will be more contenders that will be in the market for him. There is an important deadline looming on May 24th that could speed up the process. Once that date hits Braun will acquire the 10-and-5 rights which will virtually give him the ability to deny any trade. A player gets this by having 10 years of MLB service time and spending the last 5 seasons with the same team. His contract and his past makes a potential trade more difficult but there is always a market for one of the premier corner outfielders in baseball. As someone who has watched and marveled at Braun’s greatness the past decade it would be tough to see him go. Just understand that it may have to happen for the good of the organization.
By the end of the season the outfield could have an entirely different feel. Braun and Santana could be dealt. Keon’s struggles may continue. Stearns is dealing from a position of strength. Prospects such as Ryan Cordell, Brett Phillips, Trent Clark and Corey Ray are also rated very high in the system and play outfield. Not very often is a player sent up that could potentially be the next face of the franchise. Lewis Brinson is that kind of talent. Scouts have compared him to Adam Jones of the Baltimore Orioles, and has the skill set to become a superstar. A young core that consists of Eric Thames, Orlando Arcia, Jonathan Villar, and Lewis Brinson is certainly something to get excited about. The future is looking bright in Milwaukee.