Lewis Brinson was the essential trade piece that the Marlins acquired in the deal that sent Christian Yelich to Milwaukee. Brinson has had a disappointing first full season, but is seeing some recent success at the plate.
Brinson was placed on the disabled list on July 4th. He was sent on a rehab assignment on August 14th until August 25th between AA Jacksonville and AAA New Orleans. Before going on the DL, Brinson was hitting .267 with 23hits, 4home runs, 13 RBIs while slugging .547. Definitely his best overall month of the season.
Brinson is off to a hot start in September. Before tonight’s game, he has already racked up eleven hits with one home run, two doubles, and four RBIs while slugging at a robust .727 clip.
What has Brinson done differently from his previous months to contribute to his recent success? Brinson said he is sticking to a new approach at the plate. Brinson would go on to say this about his adjusted approach. “I’m just trying to be fluid with everything, I’m looking the other way more. Just kind of trusting my plan, trusting my approach against the pitcher that’s pitching that day and, really, just trusting myself.”
Current Marlins Manager Don Mattingly knows a little about hitting considering his career .307 average and over 2,000 hits. He gave some insight on what Lewis needs to do to be successful. Mattingly would go on to say, “If he doesn’t collapse his lower half, then he’s going to be good. He’s got lightning hands and his lower half just needs to be solid. If he keeps the lower half in good position, he’s going to hit.”
Brinson is also currently riding an eight game hitting streak before today’s game since coming off the disabled list.
Brinson’s future is bright with the potential he is currently showing. Marlin’s critics are calling the Yelich trade a bust for Miami because of Yelich’s incredible season. However, you can’t judge a trade based off of one player when four were included in the package.
You can’t judge whether the trade was worth it off of one season either, give it time and those Marlin’s critics will slowly disappear.
Brinson is only going to get better and when those other prospects get the call, it’s going to be a fun and electric team to watch.