Brinson, Burnes net top honors in Crew's system

OF named organization's Minor League Player of the Year; righty Pitcher of the Year

September 15th, 2017

MILWAUKEE -- He never got going in two stints with the Major League club, but Brewers top prospect produced enough at Triple-A Colorado Springs to earn the organization's Minor League Player of the Year honor on Friday.

Brinson, whose season ended early with a left hamstring injury, will be recognized at Miller Park on Sept. 26 alongside Corbin Burnes, the Minor League Pitcher of the Year. The right-hander was a shoo-in for the award after he logged an organization-best 1.67 ERA between Class A Advanced Carolina and Double-A Biloxi.

Brinson, No. 1 on's list of the top Brewers prospects and No. 13 in baseball, beat out Sky Sox teammate and Class A Advanced outfielder Monte Harrison for the honor by batting .331 with 13 home runs and 48 RBIs in 76 games for Colorado Springs. He earned his first Major League callup in June, but he went just 5-for-47 in 21 big league games.

After Brinson went down with the hamstring injury on Aug. 14, there was some thought that he could heal in time to be a late-season callup to Milwaukee. But he is limited to throwing and hitting off a tee at the Brewers' rehab facility at Maryvale Baseball Park in Phoenix, and he has only an "outside" chance to make it to the Majors before season's end, general manager David Stearns said.

"There were a number of worthy players who were considered for this award, but Lew put together a phenomenal year," said Brewers farm director Tom Flanagan. "He built upon his impressive debut after joining the organization last year and is very deserving of this honor."

This was Brinson's first full season in the Brewers' organization. The team acquired him with two other prospects from the Rangers at the 2016 non-waiver Trade Deadline for and .

Burnes, No. 7 on's Brewers prospect list and rising fast, was Milwaukee's fourth-round Draft pick in 2016 out of St. Mary's College in Moraga, Calif. He went 8-3 with a 1.67 ERA and 140 strikeouts vs. 36 walks in 26 starts. His ERA was third best among all Minor League qualifiers.

"Corbin's first full professional season was nothing short of sensational," Flanagan said. "He was dominant at both Carolina and Biloxi, and he very much earned this award."

The duo will take part in a pregame ceremony before the Reds-Brewers game at the start of Milwaukee's final home series of the regular season.