Thursday, June 9, 2011

Look Out For Brett Lawrie

UPDATE (6/8): The Blue Jays were going to promote Brett Lawrie to the big leagues this week, but that promotion will have to wait til about mid-July as Lawire is out with a fractured left hand.  The injury happened back on May 31st, when we reported Lawrie left the game with after being hit by a pitch.  He will be out at least 2-3 weeks.

According to MLB.com :
The 21-year-old third baseman was hitting .354 with 15 home runs and 49 RBIs in 52 games this season. He also had 19 doubles and an impressive .415 on-base percentage while stealing 11 bases.
The latest development comes as a major blow to Lawrie, who was on the verge of being called up to big leagues at the time of his injury. General manager Alex Anthopoulous described the promotion as being "close" and it was expected he would debut in Baltimore on June 3.


UPDATE (5/31): With the rumor of being called up on Friday, Brett Lawrie was hit on the hand tonight and removed from the game with no word on how serious the injury is.

After a combined 0-6 from Jayson Nix, Mike McCoy and Edwin Encarnacion in a 14 inning game Saturday, the Blue Jays third basemen are a combined 0-50 in the last 14 games - Jayson Nix 0-25, 0-18 John McDonald, 0-6 Edwin Encarnacion and 0-3 Mike McCoy.

While all the struggles continue in the big leagues, Brett Lawrie is making some serious noise with his bat at AAA Las Vegas.  The 21 year old is hitting .341 with 17 doubles, 3 triples, 12 home runs, 40 RBI and 46 runs scored in 48 games.

The Blue Jays are sitting at 26-26 in 4th place in the AL East, but just 3.5 games behind the 1st place Red Sox.  If they want to stay in the race and keep pace with the Red Sox, Yankees and Rays in a tough division the Blue Jays are going to have to bring Lawrie up to give the offense some production from 3rd base before it's too late and they fall out of contention.

With all the injuries this year to 3rd basemen like Ryan Zimmerman, Pablo Sandoval, and Pedro Alvarez, you really want to look at Lawrie as an option when he's finally called up because this kid can hit and he's going to hit for a long time in the major leagues.
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