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Jays prospect close to being promoted

Posted on: May 31, 2011 12:19 am
 
By C. Trent Rosecrans

Brett LawrieDon't be surprised if Blue Jays top prospect Brett Lawrie is in Toronto soon.

With June 1 coming soon and perhaps the ability to dodge giving Lawrie Super Two status (if it still exists when he's eligible), Toronto manager John Farrell said he's not sure what else Lawrie has to prove at Triple-A.

Lawrie, acquired for Shaun Marcum in the offseason, is hitting .354/.413/.677 overall at Las Vegas, with 15 home runsa nd 49 RBI. Oh, he's also stolen 11 bases. 

Lawrie has made 12 errors at his new position, third base, but seven of those errors came in his first 12 games, while he's had just five in his last 39. Of those five errors, one was a fielding error and four were throwing errors, which Farrell said weren't his fault.

"Two of those throwing errors were made throwing into a 30-mph wind," Farrell told QMI Agency. "He really doesn't have anything left to prove. We've asked him to address some things and he's gone out and done them. He just keeps getting better."

The Jays asked him to work on his pitch selection -- in 101 plate appearances in April, he walked four times and struck out 23 times. In 144 plate appearances in May, he's walked 14 times and struck out 17 times -- while hitting .349/.418/.750 with 11 homers.

With the way Lawrie is hitting, there's little reason not to call him up -- especially with Toronto third basemen entering Monday hitting .173/.226/.269 this season.

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Comments

Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 6, 2011 1:59 am
 

Jays prospect close to being promoted

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Since: Apr 16, 2011
Posted on: June 3, 2011 5:35 am
 

Jays prospect close to being promoted

Thanks bucs, Thanks Eye,
I had a feeling it all was about $. I appreciate the Expl. Even something priceless as experience has a price nowadays i guess.
I hope Lawrie gets a shot soon, even at a cost of a few million the Jays would be foolish not to give him the chance for umeasurable experience. Plenty of worst investments based on current salaries across the MLB and MLB salaries of the past.



Since: Jun 3, 2010
Posted on: May 31, 2011 9:20 am
 

Jays prospect close to being promoted

that's a pretty good explanation toby...

the one thing is super two is determained based on a percentage of players and their service time, so there's no way to know for sure when it'll kick in. last year it was 2 years, 122 days of service time

and then there's the possibility it may be done away with in the next cba 



Since: Oct 20, 2010
Posted on: May 31, 2011 7:31 am
 

Jays prospect close to being promoted

This over-simplifies things a bit, but super-two status allows a player an extra year of arbitration.  This results in a higher salary in the players 3rd season, usually a salary that is millions higher than it otherwise would have been.  It is determined by service time which is why you see several clubs holding their prospects back a little longer than normal in an effort to save themselves money in the future (though the same could be said for normal arbitration process).  Hope that simplistic version helps.  It can get a lot more in depth if you want.



Since: Apr 16, 2011
Posted on: May 31, 2011 4:25 am
 

Jays prospect close to being promoted

Give this kid a chance. I love the bluejays but in reality theres no chance of Jays making the post season this year. So, theres nothing to lose in giving Lawrie a shot. Even if the kid bats 170% it gains him experience which in my humble opinon means alot.  

With June 1 coming soon and perhaps the ability to dodge giving Lawrie Super Two status (if it still exists when he's eligible), Toronto manager John Farrell said he's not sure what else Lawrie has to prove at Triple-A

Please excuse my ignorance but as just a casual fan i dont know what super two status means and if u can explain it id be thankful. Cheers!



Since: Apr 15, 2008
Posted on: May 31, 2011 1:39 am
 

Jays prospect close to being promoted

He can't be any worse then the alternatives, that's all I know at this point.


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