Brett Lawrie was all smiles after his second half of 2013. (The Canadian Press)DUNEDIN, Fla. – A lot of things have to go right in 2014 for the Toronto Blue Jays to correct 2013’s last-place finish. And, there’s a very good chance that as Brett Lawrie goes, so will the Blue Jays.
The Canadian-born third baseman is just 24 years old but is entering his third full season in the big leagues and fans and the organization are ready for a long-anticipated breakout season. Lawrie showed what he is capable of doing as an everyday player when he burst onto the scene in 2011. In 2014, he needs to go out and do it consistently – ideally over 162 games, or something close to that.
At his best, Lawrie can be a five-tool player and a sparkplug for a team often in need of an emotional jolt and a timely hit. At his worst, he is injury-plagued, an impatient hitter who strikes out too much, and makes some curious decisions as a baserunner. For the Blue Jays to contend this season they need the best version of Good Brett.
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