On Wednesday, John Sickels of Minor League Ball posted a list of 12 of the best non-rookie position players in MLB under age 25, and Brett Lawrie was all the way up in second. Of course, Sickels is clear that this should be regarded as his “personal favorites” list, but still… Lawrie’s name ahead of Andrew McCutcheon? Buster Posey?
Mike Giancarlo Stanton?
It might be crazy (though it might not!), but I’ll take it.
“The only thing I’m concerned about here is a possible tendency towards nagging injuries. If he stays healthy, Lawrie will be (already is) a terrific hitter with power, speed, and a glove that is underrated (at a minimum) and could be excellent once he settles in . He’s superb.”
I believe he means “supoib,” but nonetheless, cock-ticklingly awesome point taken.
In a follow-up piece he names 32 additional under-25s who didn’t make the original top 12, including Jays outfielders Colby Rasmus, Travis Snider, and Eric Thames.
Colby’s “broad base of skills is too intriguing to give up on after one bad year,” we’re told, and he’ll be interesting to follow as a test of the “change of scenery” theory.
Snider is a “change-of-scenery type” as well, he says, but it’s “too soon to give up on him in the big picture,” because while “strikeouts are eating him up, ” there’s “still plenty of thunder potential in the bat.”
Thames, Sickels tells us, has “a solid bat and has improved his defensive skills. I don’t expect him to be a star but he should be productive enough to hold his job.”
As a fully-committed member of Team Snider, I really don’t say nearly enough that if the extremely-likable Thames were to do that, it’s be a little bit awesome.