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Is Lawrie on his way to Toronto?

Posted on: May 20, 2011 11:23 pm
By C. Trent Rosecrans

Brett LawrieThe wait for the Great Canadian Hope may not be long. Blue Jays manager John Farrell hinted the team could soon bring up Brett Lawrie to handle the Jays' third base position.

Before Friday's game against the Astros, Farrell was asked whom he considered his everyday third baseman and he mentioned three -- Jayson Nix, John McDonald and Edwin Encarnacion -- before adding "And when Brett Lawrie comes up, there's another one," according to

The Blue Jays acquired Lawrie in the offseason in a trade that sent pitcher Shaun Marcum to Milwaukee and he was quickly the team's top positional prospect.

A native of British Columbia, Lawrie is hitting .337 with a 1.002 OPS and a team-high nine home runs and 32 RBI at Triple-A Las Vegas.

"If he keeps doing what he's doing, he's going to certainly force our hand. I'm not afraid to say that," Blue Jays manager Alex Anthopoulos said.

Lawrie, 21, moved from second base to third base this season and has nine errors for the 51s. However, Lawrie's never been known for his glove, it's his bat that has made him a prized prospect. Last season, as the second-youngest regular in the league, he led the Southern League in hits (158), runs (90), triples (16) and total bases (250).

Anthopoulos said the team has been impressed with his improved plate discipline.

The danger of calling Lawrie up right now is the fear of Super Two status, but some teams have ignored that so far with the possibility of the Super Two going away in the next collective bargaining agreement.

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Is Lawrie on his way to Toronto?

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Since: Nov 5, 2010
Posted on: May 21, 2011 8:53 am

Is Lawrie on his way to Toronto?

Lawrie is a fine hitter, but what he gives you with the bat he more than takes away with the glove. Last year he lead the minor leagues in errors as a second baseman. I've seen him play twice this year and he could easily have 2 more errors except for some "creative" score keeping. At the major league level it gets harder still and he just is not ready.

Since: Aug 7, 2008
Posted on: May 21, 2011 2:44 am

Is Lawrie on his way to Toronto?

I say...if he's better than what the parent club has to offer then bring him up right away. Do not make the same mistake like the Phillies did in keeping Jim Thome at first when they had a great prospect wasting away in the minors. I think you might have heard of that prospect. His name is Ryan Howard. Imagine if the Phillies never got rid of Thome. I bet Howard would still be in the Phillies minor league system.

Since: Jul 22, 2010
Posted on: May 21, 2011 12:58 am

Is Lawrie on his way to Toronto?

 Why don't you keep an eye on your screen, and keep your baseball comments off the nba page.  Just a thought.

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