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June 04, 2012

Lewis Brinson excited to join Rangers, says deal is "pretty close"

Lewis Brinson is expecting to join the Texas Rangers organization and begin his professional career, foregoing a scholarship offer to play at the University of Florida.

"There's still a little work to be done, but it's pretty close," Brinson said. "It feels great that I'm going to be a Texas Ranger."

The Rangers used their first-round selection, 29th overall, to take Brinson, an outfielder from Coral Springs High School in Florida. He is listed at 6-foot-3, 170 pounds, and has drawn comparisons to Dexter Fowler and Cameron Maybin.

The Rangers view Brinson as a potential five-tool player with plus-run and plus-throw.

"I take pride in my defense, and my arm, and my instincts out there," Brinson said. "I think that's probably my strenghts. At the plate, I'm really focused and developing a good eye. But most of all probably my defense and my arm."

Brinson called it a big night for his family, and that his mom, Susie, was in tears when his name was called. His father, Lewis Brinson Jr., died of lung cancer when Brinson was 11 years old, according to an article published in The Miami Herald.

"She's always been there for me," Brinson said. "She's definitely my hero."

-- Drew Davison

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