OTTAWA- Brett Lawrie (Langley, BC) has been called-up to the Toronto Blue Jays and will make his much anticipated major league debut this weekend.
The 21 year-old has been more than impressive in his first season in the AAA Pacific Coast League with the Las Vegas 51’s. Traded to the Blue Jays in the off-season, Lawrie has hit .353 with 18 homers and 61 RBI’s to go along with 13 steals with the 51’s this season.
Arguably one of the greatest players in Junior National Team history, Lawrie became the highest Canadian position player ever drafted (1st round, 16th overall) by the Milwaukee Brewers in 2008.
Lawrie burst on to the international baseball scene as 16 year-old in 2006 where he was named an All-Star outfielder at the World Junior Championships in Cuba in helping Canada to a Bronze Medal. His most recent international experience was as member of the 2009 Bronze Medal winning World Cup team in Europe. He was also a member of the 2008 Olympic team and played for Canada at the 2009 World Baseball Classic.