04 June 2012
Two mock drafts out on Monday Morning, from Baseball America and Baseball Prospectus, have the Diamondbacks selecting OF Lewis Brinson in the first round of today's draft. Brinson is a 6-4, 185 lb centerfielder from Coral Gables HS in Florida with outstanding tools, but is considered a little raw at the plate. He is considered an intelligent and hard-working player, and scouts love his makeup. Defensively, Brinson takes long, easy strides in the outfield, and while his jumps and routes still need some work, his raw speed while the ball is in the air helps him cover a lot of ground. Most scouts feel that he will be a plus defender in CF, with an above-average Major League arm.
Brinson finished his Senior Year in high school with a .382/.506/.721 line, with 4 HR in 68 AB, with 14 BB and 17K, and went 10/12 in stolen base attempts. He has excellent power, winning the Home Run Derby at the Under-Armour All-America Game at Wrigley Field, defeating projected Top 3 pick Byron Buxton. But the problem has been his contact rate, as his long swing and erratic mechanics have led to too many swings and misses. Despite that, many scouts think Brinson has the highest upside of any player in the draft besides Buxton. Brinson has been compared to Major League outfielders Cameron Maybin and Dexter Fowler, and has committed to the University of Florida.
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