Brett Lawrie is poised for a breakout 2013 season north of the border if he can maintain his composure and emotions. Captain Canuck is a gamer in the purest form, and brings a mixture of both speed and power, with a never-say-die attitude 100 percent of the time.
However, Lawrie’s biggest attribute may be the fault that prevents him from diamond greatness, as it’s physically impossible to maintain his reckless style of play over the course of a full season. Case in point, last season Lawrie lunged head first into a camera bay, falling 8 feet onto the concrete in a lopsided meaningless contest that could have ended his season.
Arguably one of the most exciting young stars in the game, Lawrie at times can lapse better judgement, whether it be stealing home with slugger Jose Bautista at the plate or losing his temper and inadvertently clipping an umpire with a wayward helmet.
Lawrie played 125 games in his first full major league season for the Toronto Blue Jays, missing almost 40 games due to injuries. Lawrie has the talent and ability to improve on a solid campaign where he batted .273 with a .729 OPS and could be the dark horse in a talent laden Blue Jays line-up.
Aside from his offensive prowess, Lawrie has rounded into a steady glove on the hot corner, flashing an array of web gems throughout the season.
If the Blue Jays are going to live up to their off-season expectations the 23 year old Canadian will be relied on heavily to stay healthy and make better on field decisions.
Regardless of what the future holds, the native of Langley, British Columbia is a game-changer on the cusp of a breakout season.