We already knew that Brewers prospect Brett Lawrie comes from the Ryan Braun school of self-confidence. Lawrie was at it again on Sunday, before the stepped into the batters’ box as the leadoff hitter for the World squad in the All-Star Futures Game at Angel Stadium.
“Hopefully, I get a September call-up,” he said. “That was my main goal. if I play hard in Double-A, I hope I get that call. I feel like I deserve that right now. Obviously, I have the rest of the season to keep playing hard. I think if I hold my own the rest of the season, play well and keep doing what I’m doing, hopefully I’ll get a call-up.”
To be clear, this is simply hope at this point. Nobody from the Brewers’ front office has told Lawrie that a call-up could be in the cards.
Lawrie, Milwaukee’s first-round Draft pick in 2008, has risen fast. He didn’t sign until late in the year, split 2009 between the Brewers’ two Class A affiliates and then debuted in the Double-A Southern League this season. He’s batting .295 with six home runs and 44 RBIs in 87 games as the league’s second-youngest player at the moment. Lawrie was born Jan. 18, 1990, making him five weeks older than West Tenn shortstop Carlos Triunfel, born Feb. 27, 1990.
He knows that his name has popped up in trade rumors of late.
“You hear things floating around, but it’s out of my control,” he said. “I don’t want to go anywhere. I want to stay where I am right now.”
Lawrie is participating in his second Futures Game, which has been a tremendous stepping-stone for Brewers prospects. Every Brewers representative in the prospect-rich showcase has advanced to the big leagues. Here’s the full list:
1999 – Kyle Peterson
2000 – Ben Sheets
2001 – Nick Neugebauer
2002 – Bill Hall, Corey Hart
2003 – J.J. Hardy, Dave Krynzel
2004 – Prince Fielder, Rickie Weeks
2005 – Nelson Cruz, Hernan Iribarren
2006 – Ryan Braun
2007 – Alcides Escobar
2008 – Mat Gamel, Matt LaPorta
2009 – Escobar, Brett Lawrie
2010 – Lawrie
Look for more on Lawrie, including a video interview with MLB.com’s Jonathan Mayo (pictured with Lawrie above), later today on Brewers.com.