By: Matt Rothman
It has taken a long time for former Coral Springs High School baseball star Lewis Brinson to breakthrough in the MLB.
After playing two years for Coral Springs High School, where he batted .429, with 57 hits, and drove in 44 runs, he was selected in the first round of the 2012 MLB draft to the Texas Rangers.
The Fort Lauderdale native was then involved in a trade to the Miami Marlins from the Milwaukee Brewers in 2018 in a deal involving Christian Yelich. However, through much of his time in the big leagues, Brinson has struggled to stick. He has bounced back between Triple-A and the MLB much of his career, having had the best year this past season.
Brinson recorded nine home runs and drove in 33 RBI’s in 274 at-bats while hitting a pair of home runs, including a grand slam against the New York Mets. Despite batting .226 on the season, he hit .342 against New York in 11 games.
His season was unfortunately shadowed by what many people thought were racial slurs directed at him when playing a game in Colorado. After a thorough investigation, the Colorado Rockies concluded that the fan was yelling for Rockies mascot Dinger.
The future for Brinson in Miami remains very much up in the air. With four years of MLB experience, Brinson either could work a deal out with the Marlins or enter into a salary arbitration process where players’ salaries are set by a neutral third-party arbitration panel for the next season. Brinson could also be released, meaning he can sign with any team as a free agent.
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