The Blue Jays finally called up third base prospect Brett Lawrie today. He will play third base with Jose Bautista moving to the outfield.
Lawrie, who missed some time earlier this season with fractured left hand, was hitting .353-.415-.661 with 18 HRs, 61 RBIs, 64 runs and 13 SBs in 15 attempts in just 292 at bats had nothing left to prove in AAA. He has improved his numbers as he moved up the ranks in the minors, and he is one of the best hitting prospects left in the high minors.
He should be picked up in all leagues, and I can see him hitting in the .280 range with around 8 HRs, 40 RBIs and 10 SBs in his first taste of the big leagues.
ESPN's Keith Law recently ranked him as his 9th best prospect in baseball and had this to say about him:
Analysis: Lawrie hasn't played since May 31 after he was hit on the hand by a pitch just a day before he was going to be called up to the majors. He still profiles as an impact bat who might have to move to right field. Preseason Ranking: 37
Can Lawrie hit for enough power in the big leagues to stay at third base?