Although Brett Lawrie finally managed to make some noise with his bat on Tuesday night against the Minnesota Twins, it was the Toronto Blue Jays‘ third baseman’s stellar defense that kept the Jays in the game early on. So far this season Lawrie ranks amongst the best in Major League Baseball in fielding percentage, assists and putouts. All good enough for him to finally receive some early-on Gold Glove consideration.
Lawrie’s solid and exciting defense isn’t a stranger to anyone who watches a lot of baseball. Lawrie’s defense is made up of a crafty combination of being in the right place at the right time and pure athleticism. Top that with his approach that can only be characterized as ‘controlled chaos’ and you get one of the most dynamic defensive players in the game.
Lawrie’s ability to man the hot corner at such a high level has been under-appreciated since he started his major league career. Due to the injuries he’s had over his young career, Lawrie has missed too much playing time in the past to have ever been considered a Gold Glove finalist at third base. However, given the current absence of Manny Machado, last year’s Gold Glove recipient at third base in the American League, and Lawrie’s recent ability to perfect his aggressive style of play, the native of Langley, British Columbia, Canada is poised to be in the mix for his first career Gold Glove.
Jays’ fans have begun to forgive Lawrie for his slow start to the season at the plate, not because of the grand slam and the five RBI’s he hit at Target Field on Tuesday night, but because he continuously provides exciting and unique defense on the left side of the infield. Lawrie has the ability to keep the Jays in any game with his fantastic range and acrobatic plays at arguably the toughest position in baseball. That alone should make Lawrie an early candidate for a Gold Glove in 2014.