By Aaron Cheris
Brinsanity has taken over Colorado Springs.
At the recent August 1 trade deadline, it was widely reported that the Milwaukee Brewers were expected to trade star catcher Jonathan Lucroy. The question then became who the Brewers would get in return.
As the minutes to the deadline ticked down, Lewis Brinson was getting ready for a game with the Texas Rangers Double-A Affiliate in Frisco. But soon, he would get news that would alter the course of his career.
“Everyone was anticipating some big trade. I was trying not to pay attention to it, but with your name out there you pay attention the TV more than you usually do,” Brinson said. “I was in the training room, then they said the Rangers made a big trade and I saw my name scroll across the bottom. Then the coaches pulled me into the office, and that’s how I found out.”
Brinson, along with pitcher Luis Ortiz were going to the Brewers in exchange for Lucroy and reliever Jeremy Jeffress.
A day after finding out about the trade, Brinson was in Colorado Springs suiting up for his Sky Sox debut.
In his first home game, Brinson put on a show for the Sky Sox fans by going 4-for-4 at the plate with three runs scored as the Sky Sox beat Oklahoma City 7-3.
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“Nobody really expects your first game to get four hits right off the bat,” Brinson said. “I’ve been doing something right, and I’m going to keep doing it.”
The next night, Brinson wowed the fans again with a game-winning grand slam for his first Sky Sox home run in a 4-1 win over Nashville.
Since then, Brinson hasn’t stopped hitting. He has recorded at least one hit in all eight games he has played with the Sky Sox. He’s batting .455 (15-for-33) with one home run, eight runs batted in, and four steals.
“I’m just trying to build off what I had going in Frisco,” Brinson said. “I was starting to get hot, starting to see the ball well, and put together some good at-bats and put a good impression for the new organization.”
Brinson’s new manager is thrilled to have him on the team.
“He’s a young player, a very talented player,” Sky Sox manager Rick Sweet said. “You look at his athleticism and his ability, he’s going to be a fun, exciting player to watch for a lot of years.”
Off the field, Brinson is getting used to his new teammates. He knew a few players as teammates from fall ball, but he says he is adjusting well to the new surroundings.
“The guys are really cool, everyone’s really laid back and likes to have fun and keep it loose in the clubhouse,” he said.
Brinson will look to continue his hot stretch as the Sky Sox battle to try to make the playoffs for the first time since 1997.
Tickets to see Brinson and the Sky Sox in action at Security Service Field can be found HERE.