Is it possible? Could Brett Lawrie finally be busting out of his inconsistent past on his way to reaching his once-anointed star status? Don’t look now, but it is unfolding before the Toronto Blue Jays‘ very eyes.
Lawrie’s defensive prowess has forever been on display, but even more so in 2014. It’s the kind of display that can give fellow future hot corner Gold Glovers Manny Machado and Nolan Arenado a run for their money. However, it is the plate discipline that needed to be awakened.
At this very moment, a few of the Blue Jays’ faithful might be saying to themselves, “a .165 batting average doesn’t exactly inspire confidence.” Well, I implore you to investigate the at-bat footage. That film session would show a much more relaxed approach, culminating into the ability to adjust on the fly — the former kryptonite of the young third baseman.
Sunday afternoon was another step in the right direction, as Lawrie’s new-found swing went deep for the third time in the last six games. Power is the bonus, but not the strong suit that Jays supporters are eventually looking for. When you see him aggressively attempting to go the other way and willing to take a walk (the most underrated aspect of hitting), you realize that the light switch has been turned on.
New hitting coach Kevin Seitzer has found his new favorite pupil; Lawrie is a raw package that can truly be molded into a complete hitter. This city has been fooled countless times before, but this type of progress is what everyone has been waiting for. Sit back and enjoy Lawrie’s ascension to stardom, Toronto.