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1/18/1990 (27 y, 1 m, 4 d)
2008 June Amateur Draft - Round: 1, Pick: 16, Overall: 16, Team: Milwaukee Brewers
$3.5M / 1 Years (2017)
Lawrie, who suffered through some puzzling leg injuries last season, discovered the root of the problem was with orthotics inserted into his shoes. Since removing the orthotics, Lawrie said he's feeling much better. (2/18/2017)
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What a debut. Brett Lawrie came with much acclaim after torturing Minor League pitchers for three years and in just 171 major-league at-bats, he delivered a .293/.373/.580 line with nine home runs and seven stolen bases. He will be just 22 years old for the 2012 season, and yet most projections for Lawrie have him in the 20+ HR range with 30+ steals and a solid batting average. That probably doesn’t begin to sniff his power potential either. His .287 isolated slugging percentage and 17% home runs per fly ball rate are likely not sustainable, so it’s prudent to try and temper expectations, but Lawrie has all the gifts to be a star contributor. With that in mind, you’ll also pay a hefty price for him due to the hype, but by season’s end, he could be a top flight third baseman. (Michael Barr)
The Quick Opinion:
Lawrie may slot behind some of the big guns in third base rankings, but he could join them as soon as 2012. If you own him in a keeper, hold tight and enjoy.
Brett Lawrie’s 2012 season was, for the most part, disappointing. Let’s face it: he set the bar high in 2011, even if it was only 43 games. Lawrie at 23 years old is like most young players: searching for consistency. Most troubling about 2012, however, was Lawrie’s inability to hit for power, as evidenced by only 11 home runs in 125 games and a .132 isolated slugging percentage. Lawrie’s got legitimate fantasy value. He’s projected to -- and has the tools to -- hit for average, power, and steal bases. While his ceiling may not be as high as it was during his 43-game stretch in 2011, Lawrie’s a better hitter than he showed in 2011. He’s got the ability to avoid strikeouts, and it’ll be interesting to see what happens to his walk rate (9.4% in 2011 and 6.2% in 2012). Lawrie was more patient upon his arrival in 2011, and swung at more pitches outside the strike zone in 2012, perhaps trying to do too much at the plate. Where will Lawrie land? Probably somewhere in the middle, but he’s got the potential to be one of the better all-around third basemen in the American League. (Navin Vaswani)
The Quick Opinion:
Brett Lawrie’s 2012 season was disappointing, for the most part, especially when it came to hitting for power. But we remain high on his potential as one of the American League’s better all-around third basemen, with legitimate fantasy value. Well, I do, at least.
Normally, a great contact rate, league-average power, above-average speed and an average batted ball mix produce better than a .254 batting average. And normally a season with a .254 batting average, 11 homers and nine stolen bases from a 23-year-old eligible at second (in some leagues) and third wouldn't be met with as much scorn as Brett Lawrie's season had to endure. Regression from a career-low .280 batting average on balls in play should improve the batting average next season, and being pre-peak with regards to power is enough to push him to .270 with 15 homers and 15 stolen bases if you're feeling a healthier season coming. And that's valuable enough to spend some money on, especially on the inield. How much upside he has beyond is a better debate, particularly when it comes to power. He has that short-sample debut in Toronto (.287 isolated slugging), and that great Triple-A run (.308 ISO) and then a whole lot of average-ness (.158 career ISO). Be safe, and don't spend on superlative power. But he's worth looking at a little harder than some, because he's shown great skills in the past and he's capable of flashing those abilities again in the future. Just because it seems like he's been around forever doesn't mean he's damaged goods. (
The Quick Opinion:
Brett Lawrie is probably not that guy that tore up the league the first time he ran all through it. Brett Lawrie is also probably not that guy that struggled through two injury-plagued seasons since. He's 24 this season, and that's too young to call him a bust.
Can Brett Lawrie still be Canadian Hero Brett Lawrie if he is playing for Oakland? His insane quarter-season run in 2011 seems like a million years ago, forgotten after injuries, mediocre power, and dropping walk rates. In 2014, Lawrie did manage 12 home runs in only 282 plate appearances, which is probably more of a positive than his rising strikeout rate was a negative, but he also had a career-low walk rate. His numbers will drop in Oakland, since it's a tough park, but that is only a consolation if you are in a rare fantasy league that adjusts for park factors. Lawrie also did not steal any bases in 2014. Lawrie is just 25, still not over the hill if not the upside-laden youngster of so many hoser dreams. Assuming he stays healthy, .260/.320/.420 with 15 homers and a few steals is pretty good for a third baseman (second baseman in some leagues) these days, even in fantasy ball, but stardom seems pretty unlikely. He's draftable in just about every league, and startable in most, but, although one should never say never, Lawrie is not really a stud in waiting any more. Hey, at least he isn't Mike Moustakas. (Matt Klaassen)
The Quick Opinion:
Now-former Blue Jay and current Athletic Brett Lawrie probably feels like a disappointment relative to the expectations of a few years ago, and that is fair. He is still a good-but-not-great fantasy third baseman in most leagues.
Lawrie received a steady diet of offspeed pitches throughout the course of the season. In fact, of 141 qualified hitters, Lawrie saw a fastball at the fourth lowest frequency at 50.4%. To say he struggled to adjust would be accurate, as 2015 saw Lawrie finish with his lowest contact rate and walk rate of any of his qualified seasons. Factor in his ballooning strikeout rate while being fed so many breaking balls and changeups and you end with last season's brutal totals of 28 walks against 144 strikeouts. Moving to the White Sox immediately improves his home park and will help highlight arguably his best offensive trait (his power), however Lawrie is still a fringey guy in standard mixed leagues. His flexibility at third or second base helps, especially if used as a middle infielder, but his game is held down by his strikeout rate and he doesn't have enough power to make the trade worth it. Avoid him in on-base percentage leagues due to his poor contact and walk rates, however as a late round MI filler type, Lawrie does have a bit of value in deeper formats. (David Wiers)
The Quick Opinion:
Pitchers fought the Lawrie, and well, pitchers won. To be fair, Lawrie did crack 16 home runs and rack up 60 RBIs with 64 runs scored, but he rated below average overall in 602 plate appearances.
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