Checking in on some old Blue Jays friends

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Mandatory Credit: Bob Stanton-USA TODAY Sports

Brett Lawrie came to the Toronto Blue Jays from the Milwaukee Brewers in a trade that saw SP Shaun Marcum leave town. Brett had Jays fans excited about the prospects of having a Canadian born superstar on their team, one that would be part of the team for many years to come.

The fans excitement quickly faded to frustration, as Lawrie struggled to stay healthy which resulted in stunted development at the plate. He was included in the trade that allowed the Blue Jays to acquire 3B Josh Donaldson.

Brett came under some early criticism for strikeout four times on 12 pitches. Jays fans shouldn’t throw stones. Jose Bautista struck out 8 times in his first 12 at-bats.

In 5 games, Lawrie is hitting .250 with one walk and 7 strike outs. Brett is batting in the bottom third of the lineup and has only collected on extra base hit…..but he’s healthy.

Pecota Projections projects that Brett Lawrie will play 142 games with 15 home runs and 65 RBI, while striking out 95 times and walking 37. The strike outs seem a little low and the 142 GP might be a stretch, but the rest of the numbers I can get behind.