MILWAUKEE -- Baseball's No. 13 prospect Lewis Brinson already got a taste of the big leagues this season, spending two weeks with the Brewers in June.The outfielder will get to check another milestone off his list today when he participates in the 2017 SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game as a part
MILWAUKEE -- Baseball's No. 13 prospect Lewis Brinson already got a taste of the big leagues this season, spending two weeks with the Brewers in June.
The outfielder will get to check another milestone off his list today when he participates in the 2017 SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game as a part of MLB All-Star Weekend in Miami. The 2017 SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game takes place today at 4 p.m. ET at Marlins Park and can be viewed live on MLB Network and MLB.com.
Even more exciting for Brinson, the game will be played just a 30-minute drive from his home city of Fort Lauderdale.
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"All of my family members that live in Florida -- my mom, my uncle and a couple family friends that I grew up with -- will be at the game," Brinson said. "I'm very excited. I was hoping to be up there in the All-Star Game, but the Futures Game is just as a great. South Florida will be fun and then spending the break with my family."
Brinson made his big league debut on June 11 at Arizona, going 3-for-31 with a triple and three walks. While Brinson was optioned back to Triple-A Colorado Springs on June 26 to get more consistent at-bats, he said he was thankful for his time in Milwaukee.
"It was definitely a lot of fun and a good experience," Brinson said. "I'm definitely motivated to get back and use the Futures Game as kind of a platform to show them I'm ready to come back and contribute to them winning."
Since his return to the Minors, the 23-year-old Brinson has recorded five three-RBI games and was named to MLBPipeline's Prospect Team of the Week on Monday, slashing .412/.444/.853 during that span.
Along with Brinson, two other Brewers prospects were selected for the Futures Game. Their No. 2 prospect, Corey Ray of Class A Advanced Carolina, will join Brinson on the U.S. team, while No. 9 prospect Mauricio Dubon of the SkySox will man the infield for the World team. Dubon will be the first Honduras-born player to participate in the Futures Game.
"It's a great honor for the organization to have three players selected for the Futures Game," Brewers farm director Tom Flanagan said. "Beyond the three players, there were several other Brewers prospects that received strong consideration. So it's a credit to our players and staff for the work they are doing in our Minor League system."
Brewers No. 3 prospect and current reliever Josh Hader was the club's sole representative last season. He made his big league debut on June 1 -- just one day before Brinson's. Other Brewers who have participated in the Futures Game include Domingo Santana, Orlando Arcia, Jimmy Nelson and Zach Davies.
"That game has been a pretty good predictor of players becoming regulars in the big leagues. They've done a pretty good job selecting those teams," Brewers manager Craig Counsell said. "You are a part of the big league All-Star Game in your own little way, so it's a cool experience."
*Carson Mason * is a reporter for MLB.com based in Milwaukee.