Lewis Brinson, OF, Coral Gables HS (FL)

Class: HS Senior
Hometown: Tamarac, Florida
Height/Weight: 6-4/180
Born: May 8, 1994

Brinson opened some eyes last summer, putting on a good show at the Under Armour All-American game, and then taking home top honors in the showcase’s home run derby, defeating some other big names (i.e. Byron Buxton). Coming on the heels of an impressive season in which he hit .473/.623/.873 and showed excellent speed and raw power, the performance in Chicago was enough to put him on the map permanently.

Nearly a year later, he remains one of the top high school hitters in the 2012 draft class, and he’s practically a shoe-in to be drafted somewhere between the first- and third-round. In fact the only thing preventing him from being a top 20 pick is a strong commitment to the University of Florida, who has better luck than most getting their top recruits to come to campus.

On the field, Brinson oozes talent. He has an incredibly lean, albeit muscular body and is a fluid athlete. He offers great speed, although one would expect that to take a hit once he puts more bulk on his 6-4, 180 pound frame. In centerfield he is an elite defender. He has the range and speed to get to just about any ball, although he might eventually be moved to a corner spot to accomodate his growing frame.

At the plate Brinson has excellent power, but he’s also got many holes in his swing, which should lead to him struggling to hit for a high average, and high strikeout totals. He is, however, an incredibly hard worker, and there are those who have faith he’ll work out the kinks in his swing and end up as a .285, 20 homer, 20 steal kind of player.

MLB.com 2012 draft report

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