Former Pelican Brinson makes Major League debut

Outfielder becomes 160th Myrtle Beach alumnus to play in The Show

Former Pelicans outfielder Lewis Brinson made his MLB debut for Milwaukee on Sunday in Arizona. (Larry Kave/Myrtle Beach Pelicans)

By Scott Kornberg / Myrtle Beach Pelicans | June 12, 2017 2:04 PM ET

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (June 12, 2017) - Former Myrtle Beach Pelicans outfielder Lewis Brinson made his major league debut for the Milwaukee Brewers Sunday at Chase Field in Arizona. Brinson is the 160th former Pelican to play in the Major Leagues, including the fifth this season.

Rated by as the top prospect in the Brewers' system and the No. 13 prospect in all of baseball, Brinson drew two walks and stole a base in the Brewers' loss to the Diamondbacks.

The Texas Rangers' first-round pick (29th overall) in 2012 out of Coral Springs High School (Fla.), Brinson hit .246/.307/.350 for the Pelicans in 2014. The outfielder socked eight doubles, one triple, three home runs and drove in 22 runs in 46 games.

Brinson was traded to the Milwaukee Brewers in the middle of the 2016 season along with two other minor leaguers in the deal that brought catcher Jonathan Lucroy and reliever Jeremy Jeffress to Texas. Brinson began the 2017 campaign with Triple-A Colorado Springs, batting .312/.397/.503 with 13 doubles, one triple, six homers and 25 RBIs in 45 games.

A native of Coral Springs, Fla., Brinson is the fifth Myrtle Beach alumnus to play in The Show for the first time in 2017. He joins utility players Drew Robinson (Texas) and Chris Bostick (Pittsburgh), left-handed pitcher Chad Bell and infielder/outfielder Ian Happ in making their Major League debuts this season.

Myrtle Beach is set to begin their final home series of the first half of the series with Monday's 7:05 p.m. contest against the Frederick Keys. With seven games to go until the All-Star Break, the Pelicans sit 3.0 games ahead of Buies Creek and 3.5 up on Carolina for first place in the Southern Division. Myrtle Beach's magic number to clinch their seventh consecutive postseason appearance is five.

The 2017 season is the 19th season for the Pelicans franchise and third as the Class A-Advanced affiliate of the Chicago Cubs. For information on tickets to see the Pelicans in 2017, please call (843) 918-6000, e-mail, or visit

ABOUT THE PELICANS: The Myrtle Beach Pelicans are the Class A-Advanced affiliate of the Chicago Cubs and play their home games at TicketReturn.Com Field at Pelicans Ballpark in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. The park has ranked in the top eight in all of Minor League Baseball by Stadium Journey in each of the last six seasons. The same publication also placed the Pelicans in the Top 100 Stadium Experiences in all of sports in each of the last six years and the best in the Carolina League for six straight seasons as well. In May 2015, TicketReturn.Com Field at Pelicans Ballpark won the 2015 Certificate of Excellence award. The Pelicans are the two-time defending Mills Cup Champions, winning the title in 2015 and 2016 as well as 2000 and co-Mills Cup championship honors in the inaugural 1999 season. The Pelicans have made ten postseason appearances behind 12 half-season Southern Division championships, including the first half of the 2015 season and second half of 2016. For more information on the Myrtle Beach Pelicans, please contact the Pelicans at (843) 918-6000 or emailing

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