All Aboard the Brett Lawrie Express
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He can hit, he can field, he can throw … but can he crack the Blue Jays roster?
That’s one of the big questions as Brett Lawrie is turning heads at a breakneck pace.
We’re in the midst of the Cinderella phase while Lawrie continues to hit around .400 in Spring Training, but let’s be honest … he could bat 1.000 and he’s still not going to make the roster.
It’s no knock against his talent, it’s just not Brett Lawrie’s time quite yet.
I can’t say for certain, but I think if you asked Brett Lawrie point blank, he’d say he’s ready for the show. I’m not denying that he isn’t, the problem is this isn’t the time for Brett Lawrie to hone his craft at the major league level.
That’s what the Pacific Coast League is for; it’s the equivalent of the Sarlacc Pit for young pitchers, but it’s a breeding grounds for swing-happy hitters. I say let Lawrie rake down in Las Vegas for a year, and then reevaluate the situation.
And if Lawrie regresses, then he can spend some more time in Las Vegas. Heck, if it worked for J.P. Arencibia then it could work for Brett Lawrie too.
Barring some freak injury to Jose Bautista, Brett Lawrie should spent the better part of 2011 in Las Vegas. And speaking of Bautista, now that the Blue Jays have a third baseman for the next five years, I wonder if the Jays might transition Lawrie back to second base.
Prior to locking up Bautista long-term, the third base position was one glaring hole in “the plan”. But now that it’s filled, what does that mean for Brett Lawrie? This is just my estimation, but I think he moves back to second base.
Aaron Hill still has yet to take a swing in an official Spring Training game, and that could have the Blue Jays concerned, considering they still have to decide prior to Opening Day if they want to exercise all three club options (2012, 2013 and 2014) on Hill.
If they believe Aaron Hill is no longer a viable option past 2012, then maybe Brett Lawrie could revert back to second base and fill the shoes as the every day starting second baseman.
I’m not claiming to be a professional on player development, but handing a young prospect a spot on the roster after one great spring is risky business. Even if he’s earned it, there’s nothing wrong with making him wait.
For an up and coming player who is just chomping at the bit to get some big league playing time, spending even more time in the minors might seem like a death sentence. However, in this case it’s just what the doctor ordered.