Brett Lawrie could very well have the most realistic chance of becoming the next great Canadian positional player in baseball.
Lawrie was chosen with the 16th overall pick by the Milwaukee Brewers in the 2008 Major League Amateur Draft and with that selection he became the highest drafted Canadian of all time.
As a 16 year old he was named Canada’s World Junior MVP and at 18 he was chosen as the youngest member of team Canada to play in the 2008 Beijing Olympics.
The six foot 213 pound Lawrie is only 21 years old and already slated to play in Triple A this year with the goal of making the 2012 Toronto Blue Jays opening roster.
The one-time catcher and second baseman seems to have found a permanent position at third base where his athleticism and strong arm will be most effective.
He enters this season as the 40th best prospect on Baseball America’s list and seems to be poised to move up in ranking after being in the minors for just two years.
However, as with any minor leaguer there is no guarantee that they can translate their success onto the pro level.
In every sport you find players who dominated at a certain age but never truly reach their potential in the end.
Sometimes positional players simply cannot make the adjustment to the superior pitching in the major leagues or perhaps fall to injury.
Several people may point to the fact that he has already changed positions three times and several analysts believe that he will ultimately change once more and end up in the outfield.
But there is no denying Lawrie’s talent level and how he has been successful throughout his entire baseball career up to this point.
All the international experience he has gained has given him an edge from most amateurs as it has forced him to have some early experience with a wooden bat as well.
One of the most noted intangibles that Lawrie possesses is his confidence and borderline cockiness that he brings to the game everyday.
His coaches and managers note how much he wants to get better and be the best player on his team.
Those intangibles will make Lawrie want to learn and strive to reach his potential and this has been proven so far with his great start to his first spring training with the Blue Jays.
The Blue Jays can only hope that his consistent success at all levels of play will translate into a long and successful pro career.
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Written by George Fadel
Sports Journalist in training Passionate about all kinds sports Favorite athlete ever is Muhammad Ali Favorite sports movie of ever is Bull Durham