Before the Nomar Mazaras of the world start producing for the Rangers, outfielder Lewis Brinson was already a top prospect.
Now, he may be the top guy in a loaded farm system. The Frisco RoughRiders Double-A outfielder is an exciting player, but he's anxious to shed the prospect label.
"My goal is to be off those prospects lists, which means I'm in the big leagues, helping the big club win," he said. "That removes me from all prospects lists."
Brinson, a first round pick out of high school for the Rangers in 2012, has progressed nicely through the system. The 22-year-old is considered a five-tool prospect, though those tools are still developing.
"I know I have the tools to be an all-star one day in the big leagues," he said. "That's what I strive for each and every day."
RoughRiders manager Jo Mikulik said patience is the key with Brinson.
"With that special talent, I think it'll take just a little bit longer," he said. "Some move faster than others."
Brinson will return to the Rangers spring training facility in Surprise, Arizona, to rehab from a shoulder injury for a few weeks before returning to Frisco. A strong second half will force the Rangers to consider a call-up if they need an outfielder.
In 52 games this season, Brinson is averaging .218 with seven home runs, 30 runs batted in and eight stolen bases.