Miami Marlins: The last chance for Lewis Brinson
By David Levin
The Miami Marlins are still waiting for outfielder Lewis Brinson to put together a complete resume while playing on the Major League level.
This might be it for Lewis Brinson and his time with the Miami Marlins.
The outfielder is out of options and has struggled so far in his time on the Major League roster down in Miami. No one on the current roster needs to make 2020 his calling as the outfielder who has disappointed since being part of the trade that sent Christian Yelich to the Milwaukee Brewers.
The Marlins front office and coaching staff have been waiting patiently, hoping for the South Florida native to finally come around and prove he can be a major part of this rebuild. It has not happened yet. Now, it might be a question of when to pull the plug on the experiment. Do the Marlins find another home for Brinson at the MLB trade deadline?
It has not been a topic yet however it could be one shortly. For the shortened season, Brinson is batting .154. The future is looking dim.
Joe Frisaro spoke about in his most recent “In Box” feature on MLB.com.
"“… this is crunch time for Brinson, who is out of options, and the Marlins must make a call if he is part of their future, starting in 2021. Brinson, of course, opened the season on the injured list, and he was recalled recently due to 18 players testing positive for COVID-19. Thus far, he has started in right field against left-handers. Matt Joyce has been getting the nod against right-handers,” he wrote."
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So far, the Marlins have had to play with a make-shift roster, which also complicates how much time Brinson has left at the plate and in the outfield. He is an asset defensively but is also competing with several other players for playing time in games that count.
He and Monte Harrison – another part of the Yelich trade – were in the outfield together on Tuesday night in Buffalo in the loss to the Toronto Blue Jays.
"“The Marlins like Brinson in right field better than in center, feeling his jumps are better there. Given his limited opportunities, Brinson must take advantage of every chance he gets,” Frisaro said. It might be as a defensive replacement, pinch-hitter or pinch-runner.”"
Take into consideration at some point the Miami Marlins will activate some or all of the 18 players who are on the I.L. due to their exposure to the Coronavirus and things continue to get complicated for the team’s coaching staff.
Depth is a great asset, but ultimately it could leave Brinson on the outside looking in once again.