With the 16th overall pick...

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With the 16th overall pick...

The Milwaukee Brewers select Brett Lawrie, C/IF from Langley, British Columbia.


The Brewers submitted Lawrie's name as a catcher, which probably indicates their plans for him. He has played second base and third base as well.
The Brewers love Lawrie's bat. He has been tourning the with Canadian Junior Team, using wood bats and tearing up enemy pitching. He has drawn comparisons to Craig Biggio, the long-time catcher/2B with Houston who retired last year.



Analysis


Lawrie has above-average power and a great eye at the plate. He also has above-average speed (6.75 seconds in the 60). He is 6-0, 200 pounds and is 18. His high school doesn't play baseball so he has shown his stuff with the touring Canadian team, showcases and workouts.
Lawrie reportedly had an outstanding workout with the Brewers, and they just hoped he would still be on the board at No. 16.
Playing for Canada's junior team this spring, Lawrie batted .486 (17-for-35) with 8 HR and 24 RBI while playing against MLB Dominican Summer League teams.
"We are happy to have selected a player that is very aggressive and is a multiple position performer" said scouting director Jack Zduriencik. "He has caught and also played third base, second base and left field. Brett brings skills and the all-around tool package necessary to be a very positive player for the Brewers organization."
Lawrie became the highest drafted Canadian positional player in the history of the MLB June First-Year Player Draft and is just the sixth Canadian ever selected in the first round. Other Canadian first round draft selections include: SS Kevin Nicholson (San Diego, 1997 - 27th pick); INF Scott Thorman (Atlanta, 2000 - 30th pick); LHP Adam Lowen (Baltimore, 2002 - 4th pick); LHP Jeff Francis (Colorado, 2002 - 9th pick) and RHP Phillipe Aumont (Seattle, 2007 - 11th pick).
Lawrie was selected to the World Junior Championships All-Tournament Team in 2007 and was named the MVP of Canada's Junior National Team in 2006.


My Take


Hopefully we just added another future star to our team. If this kid pans out, and makes the team within a couple years, our offense/defense is pretty set for the future. We would have: Ryan Braun in LF, Corey Hart in CF, Matt LaPorta in RF, Prince Fielder at 1B, Rickie Weeks at 2B, J.J. Hardy at SS, Bill Hall (?) at 3B, and Lawrie at C. That's a pretty nice lineup of young stars. Now, we just have to build up that rotation. We've spent years working on our offense, now we need to focus on the rotation (and that bullpen).
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