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Top defensive highlights from Lewis Brinson’s rookie season

The silver lining to a disappointing 2018 season, Brinson proved himself as a bona fide major league center fielder.

Despite an extraordinary Triple-A track record, Lewis Brinson was overmatched at the plate in his first extended opportunity at the highest level. There were brief glimpses of his ceiling as a top-of-the-order terror, but the overall stats say it all: .199/.240/.338, 56 wRC+ while striking out nearly 30 percent of the time.

And yet, Brinson heads for 2019 spring training with the inside track at a starting job with the Marlins. Most of the other outfield candidates in the organization have even less major league experience, plus we need to consider the other facets of the game.

With long strides, an accurate arm and good instincts, the 24-year-old is a nice fit at spacious Marlins Park. Here’s the evidence:

Brinson 2018 defensive highlights package

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