Lawrie Creating An Immediate Buzz

Brett Lawrie is a right-handed hitting second baseman turned third baseman who was traded from the Milwaukee Brewers organization to the Toronto Blue Jays organization for starting pitcher Shaun Marcum this past December. Now with Toronto's Triple-A affiliate, the Las Vegas 51s, he has been creating some early season buzz by getting off to a strong start.

"It was a good opportunity for me to get a fresh start," Brett Lawrie said of being traded to the Blue Jays. "I had my first two seasons with Milwaukee, they were good and everything, but it was time for a change.

"I'm thankful enough that I get to come back to Canada and I feel like I'm in a real home now, and I feel really welcomed."

Lawrie was understandably excited to have the opportunity to play for an organization from his home country of Canada.

"Obviously it's a plus, but for myself, I just wanted the best opportunity to play Major League Baseball and to to be able to do that sooner than later," he added, "and doing that with a maple leaf on my chest would be pretty special."

This year's Spring Training was Lawrie's first opportunity to be in a big league camp. He said having the coaching staff and players behind him was awesome. He went on to say that's where he wants to be, and that alone will make him play that much better and push himself even harder.

Lawrie has had an impressive first 14 games with the 51's,having a .410 batting average—as of April 22, producing 25 hits off of 61 at-bats. He has hit two home runs and has driven in 10 RBI to along with with his .455 OBP and a SLG of .656.

"He is very aggressive," 51s' hitting coach Chad Mottola said. "He makes everyone else around him play that much more aggressive and the more game experience he gets, the better off he will be."

Impressing his new organization wasn't something Lawrie forced too hard though.

"You don't want to try too hard because when you tend to push on things, that's when they tend to go wrong," Lawrie said. "I think just coming out excited to play baseball again and having in the back of my mind that these guys are happy to have me here and that I'm really being accepted into the Toronto Blue Jays is something really special to me."

When Lawrie was traded to Toronto he switched positions from second to third base, a position he is still getting the hang of. Las Vegas manager Marty Brown feels that game experience is the only thing he needs to change that.

"He's a high energy player with a lot of athletic ability who has a lot of grind, he just doesn't quit," Brown said. "He's a highly competitive guy and has gotten off to a great start and I just want to let him progress more defensively.

"He's going to get better wherever he is, whether that is here[Las Vegas] or there [Toronto], he's just that type of player."

Gaining more game experience will also be beneficial to his offensive play getting even stronger than it already is.

"I think he just needs to see more pitches, bigger sliders, the guys that pitch them backwards, throwing them off speed, just ball counts," Mottola said.

Gaining that game experience could be key to getting a call up in the near future for Lawrie.

"Just putting in the work everyday at third base and just playing the game as I always have, going out there with the intention of playing for my teammates, never giving an at-bat away," Lawrie said of his immediate goal, "always running hard down the line, whether it be a hard double, a hard triple, whatever it is."


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\r\n \r\n\r\n\"It was a good opportunity for me to get a fresh start,\" Brett Lawrie said of being traded to the Blue Jays. \"I had my first two seasons with Milwaukee, they were good and everything, but it was time for a change.
\r\n
\r\n\"I'm thankful enough that I get to come back to Canada and I feel like I'm in a real home now, and I feel really welcomed.\"
\r\n
\r\nLawrie was understandably excited to have the opportunity to play for an organization from his home country of Canada.
\r\n
\r\n\"Obviously it's a plus, but for myself, I just wanted the best opportunity to play Major League Baseball and to to be able to do that sooner than later,\" he added, \"and doing that with a maple leaf on my chest would be pretty special.\"
\r\n
\r\nThis year's Spring Training was Lawrie's first opportunity to be in a big league camp. He said having the coaching staff and players behind him was awesome. He went on to say that's where he wants to be, and that alone will make him play that much better and push himself even harder.
\r\n
\r\nLawrie has had an impressive first 14 games with the 51's,having a .410 batting average—as of April 22, producing 25 hits off of 61 at-bats. He has hit two home runs and has driven in 10 RBI to along with with his .455 OBP and a SLG of .656.
\r\n
\r\n\"He is very aggressive,\" 51s' hitting coach Chad Mottola said. \"He makes everyone else around him play that much more aggressive and the more game experience he gets, the better off he will be.\"
\r\n
\r\nImpressing his new organization wasn't something Lawrie forced too hard though.
\r\n
\r\n\"You don't want to try too hard because when you tend to push on things, that's when they tend to go wrong,\" Lawrie said. \"I think just coming out excited to play baseball again and having in the back of my mind that these guys are happy to have me here and that I'm really being accepted into the Toronto Blue Jays is something really special to me.\"
\r\n
\r\nWhen Lawrie was traded to Toronto he switched positions from second to third base, a position he is still getting the hang of. Las Vegas manager Marty Brown feels that game experience is the only thing he needs to change that.
\r\n
\r\n\"He's a high energy player with a lot of athletic ability who has a lot of grind, he just doesn't quit,\" Brown said. \"He's a highly competitive guy and has gotten off to a great start and I just want to let him progress more defensively.
\r\n
\r\n\"He's going to get better wherever he is, whether that is here[Las Vegas] or there [Toronto], he's just that type of player.\"
\r\n
\r\nGaining more game experience will also be beneficial to his offensive play getting even stronger than it already is.
\r\n
\r\n\"I think he just needs to see more pitches, bigger sliders, the guys that pitch them backwards, throwing them off speed, just ball counts,\" Mottola said.
\r\n
\r\nGaining that game experience could be key to getting a call up in the near future for Lawrie.
\r\n
\r\n\"Just putting in the work everyday at third base and just playing the game as I always have, going out there with the intention of playing for my teammates, never giving an at-bat away,\" Lawrie said of his immediate goal, \"always running hard down the line, whether it be a hard double, a hard triple, whatever it is.\"
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