Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Who Would You Rather Have - Josh Donaldson or Brett Lawrie

Josh Donaldson and Brett Lawrie had different starts to their MLB careers but both were 1st round draft picks that were traded.  Donaldson was drafted 48th overall by the Chicago Cubs and traded just 13 months later to the Oakland Athletics in the Rich Harden deal.  His minor league career spanned 6 seasons before taking over the A's 3B full time.  Lawrie was drafted 16th overall by the Milwaukee Brewers and dealt two years later for Shaun Marcum.  He would make his MLB debut later that season but has spent nearly as much time in the minors rehabbing injuries as he has played for the Blue Jays. 

Josh Donaldson was amazing last season and actually finished 4th in the AL MVP voting.  With just one and a half seasons under his belt, Donaldson has been a doubles machine and even drove hit 24 home runs, driving in 93 runs for the Oakland Athletics last season.  He also has a great eye at the plate drawing more walks than all 3B except the one and only Miguel Cabrera.

Brett Lawrie will be entering his 3rd "full" season as a member of the Toronto Blue Jays.  The hype around him was huge the past two seasons but he has yet to play in more than 125 games, hit more than 11 home runs or drive in 50 runs.  If healthy, he could provide 14-18 home runs, hit 30 doubles (had 26 in 2012) and steal 15-20 bases.  If he can do this while hitting at or around his career .269 batting average, Lawrie could prove valuable, but that is a lot to ask for.  But don't forget, he is just 24 years old, and is in a lineup with Jose Reyes, Edwin Encarnacion, Jose Bautista, Melky Cabrera and Colby Rasmus!

Average Draft Position

Josh Donaldson
Brett Lawrie
We ranked Donaldson 6th and Lawrie 10th in our 3B rankings.

Based on ADP, Who Would You Rather Have?


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