Is there anything that the Toronto Blue Jays' Brett Lawrie cannot do?
He can beat you with his bat, as shown by his May 1 walk-off home run off the Texas Rangers’ Mike Adams, which propelled the Jays to an 8-7 victory.
He can beat you with his speed, as the Kansas City Royals learned during their April 22 meeting. He stole home in the top of the eighth, a play which turned into a big insurance run as the Jays hung on for a 5-3 win.
He can also beat you with his glove, as he has been able to turn his perceived shortcomings on the field into a strength. He was thought of as all-bat and no-glove prior to the December 6, 2010 trade with the Milwaukee Brewers, a move which brought him to Toronto for Shaun Marcum.
“He really has no position,” said Keith Law, ESPN’s prospects guru, in 2009 about the then-second baseman (via TheStar.com). “Good bat, potentially a special bat, but he might end up in LF.”
Another scout stated his best position was “in the batter’s box.”
He currently leads his position in runs saved and also sports the best range at his position according to Fangraphs.com.
He is also confident.
“Every time I’m over there I feel like there’s nothing that can get by me.” He said.
There is no doubting his skill set but it is that type of attitude that has the city buzzing.
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