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Giants Add Outfield Depth From Astros

Larry Rupp
The San Francisco Giants have added outfield depth in a trade with the Houston Astros.
The San Francisco Giants have added outfield depth in a trade with the Houston Astros. / AP Photos/Sue Ogrocki

The San Francisco Giants are rolling the dice on a former top outfield prospect. They have completed a trade with the Houston Astros for Lewis Brinson, who has spent the entirety of this season at the Triple-A level. He figures to be in the mix for a September call-up if San Francisco needs the depth.

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Brinson was once regarded as one of the top prospects in all of baseball due to his combination of power and speed. However, that hasn't been able to make up for his high strikeout rate and low walk rate. He struggled with the Miami Marlins in 2017-2021, prompting a designation for assignment.

Across 1,111 MLB plate appearances with Miami, Brinson slashed a disappointing .199/.248/.323 and only smacked 25 home runs. The Astros then gave him a chance on a minor-league deal this past offseason. Brinson has enjoyed a bit of a summer resurgence with the Sugar Land Space Cowboys.

The south Florida kid is slashing .299/.356/.574 to go along with 22 home runs, 21 doubles, five triples and five stolen bases in 85 games played. His strikeout rate is still high (28%), but he seems to have found that power stroke he was missing. That could bring him some success in San Francisco.

Brinson simply didn't fit into the Astros future plans as they want to get younger players like Jake Meyers more playing time. He was likely going to enter free agency at the end of the season as well. For the Giants, there's almost no risk involved on a player that is controllable for three more years.

For now, San Francisco remains outside of playoff contention (61-68) with only 33 games to go.

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