Will Lewis Brinson see time in the Marlins outfield in September?
With the changes this team has made throughout the season in the outfield and the search for power hitting, I thought the centerpiece of the Christian Yelich trade last year would have already been recalled to South Florida.
So far that has not happened.
I’m not the only one who believes Brinson, who had an amazing spring training only to lose his way once the season started, should be part of the 25-man roster right now.
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“More than just stats, the organization is seeking a sustained stretch where Brinson sticks with an approach that better allows him to cover pitches on the outer part of the plate,” writes Joe Frisaro of MLB.com. “That’s been a challenge for him in the big leagues. Once he shows that, he should be back in center field in Miami.”
For the Marlins, the goal is to remain patient and develop Brinson as a more complete player. He and Isan Diaz figure to be part of the team’s plans in 2020.
After being sent down to Triple-A New Orleans, Brinson has found his swing and has proven to be a power hitter once more. He has been part of an outfield that also features Monte Harrison – both of who were in the Brewers organization with Diaz prior to last season.
The fourth player named in the trade for Yelich, Jordan Yamamoto, was promoted from AA Jacksonville earlier this season and it is one of the more dominant arms on the Marlins staff this season. Yamamoto has a 4-1 record since his debut.
The front office must decide what to do with the outfield for next season. There is a surplus of players who could be part of an improved lineup next year. If Miami is content on waiting patiently for the 23-year-old to come around as an everyday player, what happens to other prospects who deserve a shot as well?
Some point, the Marlins are going to need to determine if they keep all their outfield prospects or start making deals for power hitters.