By T.R. Sullivan / MLB.com
The Texas Rangers drafted outfielder Lewis Brinson from Coral Springs High School with the 29th overall pick in the First-Year Player Draft today.
Brinson has a scholarship to the University of Florida and could be a tough sign. But he fits the Rangers’ philosophy of drafting athletic players with significant potential who can play in the middle of the diamond. He is a 6-foot-4, 180-pounder with power, speed, an above-average arm and the ability to play center field.
“He’s a five-tool player, a legitimate five-tool player,” Coral Springs coach Frank Bumbales told the website MaxPreps. “Runs a 6.4, 60 time, has a tremendous arm from the outfield. He’s got tremendous speed on the bases. He can beat out a base hit in the infield. He can hit for power, hit home runs. He’s got all the tools. And he’s still growing. He’s got a good mental frame for the game. He’s able to accept failure and after he fails, he tries to pick up his teammates. He’s a natural leader.”
Brinson, a right-handed hitter who grew up as a Marlins fan, hit .394 with four doubles, four triples, four home runs and 21 RBI in 23 games. He batted .473 as a junior. That’s why Florida signed him to a scholarship as well as the Rangers taking him with the 29th overall pick. His slot calls for a $1,625,000 bonus.
“We are very excited to select a player of Lewis Brinson’s ability,” said Kip Fagg, the Rangers’ director of amateur scouting. “We have done a ton of work on him. He is a player with great upside and makeup who can throw, run and hit with power.” Read More at MLB.com
Sharon Aron Baron is the Editor of Talk Media and writer for Coral Springs Talk. CST was created in 2012 to provide News, Views and Entertainment for the residents of Coral Springs, Parkland and the rest of South Florida.