Brett Lawrie exploded onto the scene in 2012. In 43 games, Lawrie hit .293 with nine home runs, 25 RBI, 26 runs and seven stolen bases. Extrapolated over a full season, that equates to 34 home runs, 94 RBI, 98 runs and 26 stolen bases. That easily would have made him the top-ranked third baseman in the AL.
Brett Lawrie certainly has the potential to be a superstar in the MLB, and I’m more than certain that Doug Melvin feels silly for giving him up for Shaun Marcum.
Being from Langley, British Columbia, Lawrie gives the Jays a high-profile Canadian face that the Blue Jays have been lacking. His defense at the hot corner looked a lot better than expected, and he has shown he has the making of a five-tool player with his above-average base stealing. He has incredible strength and athleticism while playing the game with passion.
At 22 years of age, it is unrealistic to expect Lawrie to maintain such a high level of productivity over an entire season. The sky is definitely the limit for young Lawrie, but fans need to realize he is a work in progress. The Blue Jays don’t expect him to be a superstar just yet, and nor should you.
Here are 10 realistic predictions for Brett Lawrie’s first full season in the big leagues.