Milwaukee Brewers: Lewis Brinson’s season over?
Milwaukee Brewers top prospect Lewis Brinson has a strained hamstring. He is expected to miss 4-6 weeks, essentially ending his 2017 season.
There is still a glimmer of hope that Brinson can come back before the Milwaukee Brewers end the regular season. However, with an injury like this, the best thing for him is rest. He means too much to the future of this organization to risk further injury at this point of the season.
Brinson enjoyed a breakout season playing for Triple-A Colorado Springs. He hit .331 with 13 home runs and 48 runs batted in. With only 32 walks, he still has room to improve, but his .400 on base percentage was very good.
He didn’t fare quite as well in the major leagues with the little opportunity he was given. He showed flashes of his potential, especially in the field, to get the fan base excited for his arrival. However, that excitement should turn toward next season.
Brinson’s injury means we should see a lot more of Keon Broxton in center field. That’s not necessarily a bad thing, as Broxton brings good speed to the line-up. He also has some pop in his bat and plays decent out in center. Without Brinson breathing down his neck for playing time, hopefully Broxton can get hot to close the season.
This also opens the door to the possibility of Brett Phillips seeing significant playing time through September. This season at Triple-A, Phillips turned the corner in his progression. He has the type of speed and bat control that could potentially solve the Milwaukee Brewers issues at the lead-off spot. Either way, the Brewers center field situation is in good hands.
Sure, the Milwaukee Brewers are battling for the NL central. However, that’s not the focus of this organization. The real focus seems to be on the capability to challenge for the division title every season.
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Sitting Brinson for the duration of the season will help ensure his health moving forward. We would all love to see what he can do with a real opportunity in the bigs. However, this September should not be that time.