Player Perspectives: Lewis Brinson
I got my first little taste of the Major Leagues in June and it was awesome. When I first got the call I was very excited. I couldn't really breathe at first. I was super, super excited. The first person I called was my mom and we both had a moment together on the phone.
Just being up there with that winning atmosphere was an amazing experience for me. A lot of guys were doing well, the Brewers were in first place, obviously, so it was good to be around that clubhouse and very exciting.
While I was there I learned a little bit more about what it takes to be a professional and come to the ballpark every day and be a team guy. I've always considered myself a “team first” type of player, but being able to watch the way the guys with more experience go about their business and picking their brains a little bit – players like Ryan Braun, Keon Broxton, Domingo Santana, all the outfielders, especially – was important for me. It was asking questions and watching how they get prepared every day and taking it to heart.
There's a difference between Double-A or Triple-A ball and the majors. Down in the minors, the pitchers obviously have good stuff, but in the big leagues they can control it a little more and they make adjustments faster, they know how to get you out quicker. The scouting reporters are very advanced up there, so once you have an at-bat, everybody around the league has it. They know where your holes are and how to get you out. Everything's just a little quicker and little more advanced up there.
Since coming back to Triple-A I've been hitting well again. Just getting consistent at-bats definitely helps. I wasn't playing every day when I was up there. But I understood. The team has been winning, the guys are playing well and the team needs to go with what's working. I was hitting well before I went up there, too, so for me it seems to be mostly about getting consistent at-bats.
Consistency in my approach is something I work on all the time. When I got back Colorado Springs, I wanted to keep the approach that I had when I was down there at Triple-A previously, just staying consistent with my plan, my routine every day -- knowing that it's going to work for me.
If I were to describe myself as a player, I would say speed is an important part of my game, I'm a team guy, I love the game and play the game hard, with everything I've got every day. Adam Jones is a guy I definitely look up to and I model my game after him. He's obviously a great player, an all-star almost every year. He knows what he's doing.
Now that I've had my first taste of the big leagues, I want to get back there. I feel like I'm playing pretty well. So now I'm just waiting for my next opportunity.
Lewis Brinson, a 23-year-old Milwaukee Brewers prospect from Coral Springs, Fla., started and batted second for the U.S. team in the 2017 Futures Game in Miami. The speedy, 6-foot-3 center fielder had a walk, a stolen base, an RBI double and scored a run in three at-bats for the winning team. He's batting .339 with 19 doubles, 10 home runs, 42 RBIs and 10 stolen bases for Triple-A Colorado Springs this season.
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