Top Picks Brinson, Barnum Close To Deals

11:15pm: Mark Gonzales of the Chicago Tribune adds White Sox supplemental round pick Keon Barnum (No. 48 overall) to the list of today's draft picks that are near a deal (Twitter link).

11:09pm: The Rangers selected Lewis Brinson, an outfielder out of Coral Springs High School in Florida, with the No. 29 overall pick in tonight's draft, and's T.R. Sullivan writes that Brinson says he and the Rangers are already close to a deal.

Brinson has a full scholarship to the University of Florida, but it appears he will forego that commitment to join the Rangers organization, according to Sullivan.

The 6'4", 185 pound Brinson has an athletic frame that led Baseball America's Conor Glassey to note comparisons to Cameron Maybin in his write-up following Brinson's selection. Glassey writes that Brinson is still raw at the plate, but his long limbs allow him to cover ample ground in center field and give him "intriguing power potential."

BA's Jim Callis and Kevin Goldstein of Baseball Prospectus both had Brinson going 26th overall to the Diamondbacks in their final mock drafts, while's Jonathan Mayo and ESPN's Keith Law had him slipping out of the first round.

5 Responses to Top Picks Brinson, Barnum Close To Deals Leave a Reply

  1. FacelessGeneralManager 3 years ago

    At least wait till the day after the draft! You cant make this decision in only a couple hrs.

    • MaineSox 3 years ago

      If it happens this fast there’s a good chance the deal was all but done before the draft even started.

  2. Just hope he doesn’t change his mind after seeing the box score from tonights game.

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    start_wearing_purple 3 years ago

    That’s gotta be record timing.

  4. Well if that’s the case, maybe he can come into tonight’s game as a pinch hitter and break up the no hitter.

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