Jays send Lawrie to farm

MIKE RUTSEY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 7:37 PM ET

DUNEDIN, Fla. — Brett Lawrie opened a lot of eyes this spring but as expected the decision was made to send him down to the minor leagues.

Lawrie, from Langley, B.C., will open the season at triple-A Las Vegas and hone his skills at third base, the position the Blue Jays are grooming him for when he makes his major-league debut.

And according to manager John Farrell, that date shouldn’t be long into the future.

Acquired from Milwaukee for Shaun Marcum in the off-season, Lawrie, 21, was thought to be a year or two away from the big leagues. But that thinking changed quickly by what he showed this spring.

In parts of 17 games, Lawrie hit .282 (11-for-39) with two homers and six RBIs but was even more impressive in the field. Asked to move to third base from second, Lawrie was seamless in making the switch and would draw praise from Farrell on an almost daily basis.

“The fact is that we have an exciting young player in our system and when he’s ready to come to the big leagues and be in the lineup every day,” Farrell said. ‘We feel like we’re going to have a player for a long, long time that’s going to be a productive one.

“To sum up his spring training what he did was affect what our view of his timeline of readiness for the major league is. He was prepared to start the year at Las Vegas but what I think we’ve done is examine how long in the future that might be. We still don’t know the exact date, but I think it might be shorter than what we first anticipated.”

That you can take to the bank.


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