Who is Brett Lawrie

- December 25th, 2010

Lake Buena Vista, Fla. — Who the heck is Brett Lawrie anyway?
He played for the Canadian Junior National Team for three years.
Only Adam Loewen of Surrey, B.C. selected fourth over-all in North America (to the Orioles) and Whitby’s Evan Grills (to the Astros in June) played longer.
Lawrie was the highest Canadian position player ever drafted when he went 16th over-all to the Milwaukee Brewers, entered his draft year a better hitter than Justin Morneau in his draft year. Morneau was a third-round choice of the Minnesota Twins in 1999 (87th overall).
Only Scott Thorman of Cambridge in 2000 and Langley’s Kellin Deglan this June were selected in the first.
Lawrie hit .486 (17-for-35) on the spring tour to the Dominican with eight homers and 24 RBIs.
Facing the Seattle Mariners team in a doubleheader he hit five homers.
The right-handed hitter had homered three times when a scout said jokingly: “Well, he hit the ball out to left and centre, but if he was any good he’d be able to it out to right, too.”
Two pitches later … home run to right field.
Asked what he was going to put on his report, the scout answered: “I’m going to compare him with Babe Ruth … but I might be a light.”
Brewers scout Tom McNamara remembers the day: “I was so excited I had to call the office and couldn’t get any cell reception. When I got back to the hotel I said I was coming home, they said stay for the final game. He homered first time up.”
It was impressive.
“A bunch of high schoolers from Canada laying beatings on pros,” another scout said. “I’m sure they are telling stories on the island, the kid is going to be a legend.”
And one in Canada, too.

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