With his recent woes at the plate and time on the bench, should the Miami Marlins send Lewis Brinson to the minors to work on his hitting?
We have seen this before. Players who all of the sudden cannot hit a baseball or a pitcher who cannot find the strike zone. It’s something these athletes must work through. But when happens when a youngster is still trying to find his groove, much like Marlins centerfielder Lewis Brinson? Should the team send him to the minors to get more time at the plate and concentrate on becoming the player the team envisioned him to be?
The question has been brought up a couple of times this year already, including here at Marlin Maniac. Is Brinson hurting the team by remaining on the roster right now? Will extra time in the cage help him work on fundamentals? Is there a mental aspect to all of this we cannot identify with?
Brinson has a world of talent that hasn’t been tapped yet. When he came over last season via a trade with the Milwaukee Brewers, it was a guarantee the Marlins had an outfielder to build around.
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Now, some question if Brinson can be the 25-30 home run guy we all thought.
There are other variables to consider as well. The fact the Monte Harrison is playing so well at Triple-A New Orleans. The fact that Austin Dean has found his stroke and is tearing up the PCL since he came back to the Baby Cakes. Those things matter in this equation.
Per Fish on the Farm, “.@AustinDean_3 went 4-5 with three doubles and a home run yesterday for @cakesbaseball. He’s hitting .423 and OPSing 1.220 with 9 XBH and a 5/9 K/BB in 14 games in AAA… He is the perfect candidate to give Brinson the time he needs to figure things out in the minors.”
The Marlins also have Garret Cooper eligible to return tonight as the team faces Cleveland in an interleague series at Marlins Park. Cooper cannot cover the ground in the outfield as Brinson or Dean can, but he could still be an answer in right field and could swing a bat with authority once he finds his comfort level once again.
"As Ely Sussman of Fish Stripes wrote, “Lewis Brinson desperately needs help and the Marlins are not handling his situation with the appropriate urgency. Revitalizing the former top prospect should be the franchise’s No. 1 priority.”"
I agree with him. Addition by subtraction gives the Marlin a better chance to win. At 8-20 this season, it’s time to think hard about making roster moves where the team takes chances but also benefits from those decisions.
Keeping Brinson on the roster right now isn’t a benefit. Not for him and not for this organization.