According to a report on Bleacher Report, will this be the season everyone praises Marlins outfielder Lewis Brinson for breaking through his hitting issues?
Bleacher Report’s Zachary D. Rymer is hoping like the rest of us who follow the Miami Marlins on a daily basis that this is the year Lewis Brinson has the breakout season that was expected of him in 2018 and then again in 2019.
The problem with this prediction, which is one of 30 Rymer makes for every MLB team in his latest piece for the website, is it’s already been written about many times without the wish coming true.
There is some thought that since this is the third try and Brinson has shown more discipline it could be the jumpstart he needs to remain in the Major Leagues this season.
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While being a starter is probably off the table right now, his speed on the bases and his defense in the outfield are assets the Marlins need.
The decision was made after the season to bring the fences in at Marlins Park to help the home team send more balls into the stands, but the advantage is only good if the defense in center means someone is there to swipe balls from leaving the yard.
"“Lewis Brinson was supposed to be the Miami Marlins’ big prize from the [Christian] Yelich trade. In actuality, he’s been one of baseball’s worst players over the last two seasons,” Rymer writes."
It’s been about hitting. When Brinson was sent to Triple-A last season to work on his swing and find balance, he adjusted well. This season, he gets to work with bench coach James Rowson, who helped the Minnesota Twins smack over 300 home runs last season.
A change in production and his routine might be just what Brinson needs to make the Marlins believers once again.
"“Brinson is still only 25, however, and there’s never been many questions that the tools for stardom are all there,” Rymer added. “Because strikeouts have thus far been his biggest hurdle, it was an encouraging sight to see him whiff only three times in 29 at-bats during spring training.”"
If Brinson can put it all together, then all four players the Marlins landed in the Yelich deal – with Monte Harrison, Isan Diaz, and Jordan Yamamoto – could be on the team’s Opening Day roster. If they all produce, where Harrison and Brinson might be fighting for one of the final roster spots, then this organization can start reaping the rewards of the deal from three seasons ago.