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Other than spring and minor league stats, there is no other metric I can offer outside naked eye observation.
When Toronto sent club favorite Shaun Marcum to Milwaukee in exchange for the Canadian prospect, his reputation as an immature club house nuisance was almost as notable as his exceptional talent and potential.
During his last minor league season as a Brewer, Lawrie hit .285/8/63 with Double-A Huntsville. The low home run totals don't excite, but when you consider he still managed a .451 SLG based on his 36 doubles and 16 triples, the raw line-drive power he possesses becomes clearer.
This spring, in 41 at-bats, Lawrie hit .293 while slugging .488. He was sent down to Triple-A Las Vegas in the PCL, where it's expected he'll continue to rake at the plate in what's widely considered to be a hitter's paradise.
The demotion, however, is temporary. For pragmatic reasons the Blue Jays want to preserve an extra year of arbitration by keeping him in Triple-A to start the season. The move is also practical as Lawrie was moved over to third base in the spring, and Toronto would like him to get a bit more experience at the hot corner before throwing him into the AL East fire.
Brett Lawrie will be called up no later than June 1st, forcing Encarnacion to DH and Juan Rivera to the bench (or traded).
A .270/20/75 slash line with 15 steals and better-than-expected defense just might get it done. If Jeremy Hellickson falters, the rest of the AL rookie pool is fairly thin.