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Lawrie knew trade was coming

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Shaun Marcum said he was surprised to be traded to the Brewers Brett Lawrie had the opposite reaction when he was shipped to the Blue Jays this week to balance the deal.
“It was something that I knew was going to happen,” Lawrie told reporters on Tuesday, a day after Milwaukee ad Toronto finalized their trade. “The Brewers obviously needed pitching, and knowing that I’m one of the top prospects, getting traded was obviously in the cards. I knew it was going to happen. I just didn’t know when.”
Lawrie is one of the top-ranked offensive prospects in the game. He entered the 2010 campaign listed at No.26 on MLB.com’s Top 50 prospects and likely will improve on that standing prior to the start of next season.
The trade is a homecoming of sorts for the native of Langley, British Columbia, who was a member of Team Canada at the 2009 World Baseball Classic and the 2008 Beijing Olympics.
“It’s something special,” Lawrie said of joining the only team that plays north of the border. “The opportunity for me to get to play Major League Baseball in any city is an honor, but this is a bonus because of the fact that it’s in Canada.
“I’m happy that I’m coming home, but there’s still a lot of work to be done, and now my path is to play Major League baseball and do it sooner than later.”
And later in the story:
All of the talk surrounding the former star of the Canadian Junior program hasn’t been positive. There have been whispers around baseball that Milwaukee had issues with his attitude, which, according to some, borders on cockiness.
The Blue Jays have never shied away from players who sometimes fall into that category, though. Jose Bautista had been similarly stereotyped earlier in his career and nobody has questioned catching prospect J.P. Arencibia’s belief in his own abilities.
What is considered cocky to one person can be taken by another as having the confidence required to succeed at the highest level.
“I had somebody who has been around the game for 30 years tell me he has never seen somebody play harder and you’ll never have an issue with him between the lines,” Anthopoulos said.
“Is he intense? Is he competitive? Yes. He’s somebody that plays the game to win. You’re not going to get 25 players that are cut from the same cloth. But I know one thing — his work ethic and the way he plays the game won’t be matched.”
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Lawrie, Jeffress headline AFL picks

Blue-chip prospects Brett Lawrie and Jeremy Jeffress headline the list of Milwaukee farmhands picked for the prestigious Arizona Fall League. Rosters were unveiled Monday afternoon. 
Lawrie will be joined on the Surprise Rafters by outfielder Logan Schafer, who will try to make up for time lost to a groin injury, infielder Eric Farris and right-handed pitchers Michael Fiers, Jeffress, Brandon Kintzler and Mike McClendon, who is currently pitching out of the Brewers’ big-league bullpen. 
Left-handers Lucas Luetge and Dan Merklinger were named to the taxi squad. 
Double-A Huntsville manager Mike Guerrero will manage the Rafters, a team made up of prospects from the Brewers, Tigers, Royals, Cardinals and Rangers. Play begins Oct. 12. 
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Gamel makes RF debut, will also play 1B

Brewers third base prospect Mat Gamel made his first career start in right field on Saturday for Triple-A Nashville, and it’s not the only new position being added to his repertoire. 

Gamel will continue to primarily play third base, but starts in right field and at first base will be “sprinkled” into his schedule, assistant general manager Gord Ash said, in an effort to speed Gamel’s ascension to the Majors and cover the Brewers in case they trade away right fielder Corey Hart or first baseman Prince Fielder. 
“You don’t want to limit your options,” Ash said. “I went there three weeks ago or so and we talked about the fact that in order for him to come to the big leagues and get at-bats, he’s going to have a play a few different places. So we’ve gone from the practice to games.”
Gamel has been practicing in the outfield and at first base for weeks. The Brewers are in the beginning stages of a similar project with 2008 first-round Draft pick Brett Lawrie, a primary second baseman. Lawrie has been taking grounders at third base and also working in the outfield. 
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Lawrie has sights on September call-up

Lawrie.jpgWe 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.
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Lawrie to represent Brewers in Futures Game

MILWAUKEE — Second baseman Brett Lawrie, the Brewers’ first-round draft pick in 2008, will represent the club at the 12th annual XM All-Star Futures Game, Major League Baseball announced Tuesday.

 

“It’s an incredible honor for him to receive,” assistant general manager Gord Ash said. “He’s very well-deserving of the honor. He’s worked hard and he’s made some necessary adjustments that have allowed him to become more consistent on offense and defense.”

A British Columbia native, Lawrie was listed as a member of the World Team and is the Brewers’ lone representative in the game.

The XM All-Star Futures Game, which features many of the top Minor League prospects in the league, will begin at 5:00 p.m. CT on Sunday, July 11. The game will air live on ESPN2, ESPN2 HD and MLB.TV. Additionally, XM will provide satellite radio play-by-play coverage on XM 175.

Each Major League organization is represented in the game, and the World Team features players from 10 different countries and territories.

The selection is Lawrie’s second straight for the Futures Game, as he joins just 58 players to have played in the game at least twice.

Lawrie joins current Brewers shortstop Alcides Escobar as the only current player on the club to make two Futures Game appearances.

Through 69 games this season, Lawrie has batted .297 with six home runs and 40 RBIs for Double-A Huntsville.

Brewers scouting director Bruce Seid, who was with the organization in 2008 as the club’s west coast crosschecker, has not seen Lawrie play in nearly a year, but remains impressed with the young second baseman.

“We feel he has the potential to be an everyday Major League player for us,” Seid said. “He’s had a really good year. Being named to the Futures Game means being recognized as someone who has the potential to play at the next level, and we certainly see that in Brett.”

Current Brewers who played in the All-Star Futures Game include Prince Fielder, Ryan Braun, Corey Hart, Chris Narveson, Rickie Weeks, Alcides Escobar, Yovani Gallardo and George Kottaras.

Braun, Fielder and Hart are among a list of 62 players to have played in both the Futures Game and the All-Star Game.

At just 20 years old, Lawrie is one of the Brewers most highly regarded prospects. Ash said he was impressed with the way Lawrie has “excelled with the challenge” of playing for the club’s Double-A affiliate at his age.

“He’s got unlimited potential,” Ash said. “He’s a great athlete and he could play anywhere on the field for us.”

Jordan Schelling is an associate reporter for MLB.com.

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Fall instructionals underway

Each of the Brewers’ first six picks in the most recent First-Year Player Draft are taking part in the fall instructional league in Arizona, and 2008 first-round pick will join the fray once he’s finished playing for Team Canada in the baseball World Cup.

Games against other teams’ instructional league squads began on Saturday, and through Tuesday the baby Brewers were off to a 2-0-1 start. They beat a group of Cubs farmhands, 10-2, on Tuesday, when first-round supplemental pick Kyle Hechathorn allowed two runs in four innings.

For those interested in the list of Brewers participants, you can view a PDF of the roster:
MIL instrux.pdf

Lawrie promoted to Huntsville

Picked this up from the Appleton Post-Crescent this morning:  The Brewers have promoted 2008 first-round Draft pick Brett Lawrie to Double-A Huntsville. Lawrie, the 16th overall selection in last year’s Draft, the highest pick ever for a Canadian position player, batted .274 at Class A Wisconsin with 13 homers, 18 doubles and 65 RBIs in 105 games. Interestingly, he is jumping over the advanced Class A level.

Lawrie, from what I have heard, has done well at second base after making the move from catcher. Jeff Suppan made a rehab start at Wisconsin on Saturday and couldn’t even remember Lawrie when I asked about him, which I guess says something about how focused Suppan was on his start but also something about Lawrie blending in on the infield.

Replacing Lawrie at Wisconsin is 2009 14th round Draft pick Mike Brownstein, who had been playing at Helena. Brownstein was expected in uniform Tuesday night, when another rehabbing right-hander, Dave Bush, starts for Wisconsin. Bush is to throw two or three innings.

Prospect Lawrie suffers broken nose

Brewers assistant GM Gord Ash “tweeted” yesterday that prospect Brett Lawrie suffered a broken nose on Thursday night when a batted ball took a bad hop. Lawrie, you’ll remember, switched from catching to second base over the winter. According to Ash, Lawrie is “not expected to miss any significant time.”

What is it about Brewers prospects and broken noses? Last year, Taylor Green suffered the same injury on a bad hop during the Arizona Fall League.

Lawrie, the Brewers’ first-round Draft pick last year, has been very good for Class A Wisconsin this season. He is batting .281 with 15 extra-base hits including five home runs, and has driven in 28 runs in 40 games. He also has 11 stolen bases.

In a seperate post on Twitter, Ash noted that reliever David Riske’s scheduled outing in extended Spring Training in Phoenix was rained out. Riske, on the DL with a right elbow injury, was scheduled to throw again today. Not sure if this means they will now push Monday’s scheduled follow-up outing to Tuesday.

First Lawrie, now Dykstra to 2B

Switching to second base is apparently en vogue for 2008 Brewers Draft picks.

Dykstra01 copy.jpgFirst it was Brett Lawrie, who was a catcher when Milwaukee snagged him in the first round of last year’s Draft but asked to move to second over the winter. Now second-rounder Cutter Dykstra, who has been a center fielder so far as a pro, is making the same switch, the Appleton Post-Crescent reported.

The Brewers demoted Dykstra from Class A Wisconsin to rookie-level Helena on Saturday and told him he’ll be a second baseman from now on. Dykstra will spend the five weeks before Helena’s June 23 season-opener at the team’s facility in Phoenix adjusting back to the infield. He played shortstop in high school.

“Middle infield has been my position my whole life,” Dykstra told the newspaper. “I was getting more and more comfortable in the outfield, but coming back to second base is like coming back to my home.”

On Braun, Lawrie, Counsell, Uecker…

Catching up after a quality off-day:

  • Braun rudely bumped my story about Brett Lawrie’s switch to second base from the top slot on Brewers.com down to No. 2. That move has been pretty well panned by actual and armchair scouts alike, but Reid Nichols is genuinely pleased with how it’s been going. One thing is sure — that kid, even with one of the weirdest batting stances I’ve ever seen, can really hit.
  • Speaking of weird batting stances, or at least formerly weird, Craig Counsell is forcing himself into the starting lineup against right-handers. The Brewers face a bunch of righties coming up, so it will be interesting to see just how manager Ken Macha splits time between Counsell and Bill Hall.
  • Tuesday afternoon, the Brewers are holding a press conference to induct Bob Uecker into the Braves Wall of Honor at Miller Park. I believe that’s on the field-level concourse at Miller Park, so check it out if you go to any of the games against the Marlins this week. I’m going to go out on a limb and say Uecker will have some great one-liners in his question and answer session. My favorite is that he signed with the Braves in 1956 for $3,000, which was a lot of money at the time, but his dad found a way to scrape it up. 

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