MLB Spring Training 2012: Blue Jays Brett Lawrie Energizes Toronto

Bill FordCorrespondent IIIFebruary 27, 2012

TORONTO, CANADA - SEPTEMBER 19:  Brett Lawrie #13 of the Toronto Blue Jays lays a bunt down against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in a MLB game on September 19, 2011 at the Rogers Centre in Toronto, Canada. The jays defeated the Angels 3-2 in 10 innings. (Photo by Claus Andersen/Getty Images)
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Toronto Blue Jays third baseman Brett Lawrie burst into MLB last season and is certain to continue to energize the club during spring training.

One of Toronto's top prospects, he was called up and stepped up to the plate with an enthusiastic approach that the Blue Jays needed.

In 150 at-bats during the 2011 season, Lawrie had 44 hits, eight doubles, four triples, nine home runs and 25 RBI with a batting average of .293.

Manager John Farrell stated that Lawrie is a dangerous hitter, and probably one of the most dangerous in the AL.

Lawrie would likely have been called up sooner last year had he not been hit by a pitch that broke his left hand. When he did get the call and made his MLB debut, he got two hits and drove in a run.

John Farrell also stated that the team loves his energy in the clubhouse, and has an infectious attitude, adding that he is a complete player.

That energy also resides in many Toronto fans who were energized by him last season and can not wait to see what he brings this season.

Lawrie is strong and solid both offensively and defensively, attacks grounders and throws with the same burst of energy that he consistently demonstrates.

Lawrie also demonstrates a strong sense of work ethic. He works hard knowing that he can continue to improve, he plays intelligently and works hard to remain healthy. That sense of work ethic is not common in a 22-year-old.

This offseason has been quite productive for Toronto.  The team is excited. The fans are excited. Brett Lawrie is excited.

The 2012 season is going to be one of the most exciting seasons that Toronto has had in many years.