When reporting on Canada for last year’s draft, I talked to a scout who had seen a lot of Brett Lawrie last spring. He was convinced Lawrie would hit as a pro and compared him to Marlins second baseman Dan Uggla .
Now Lawrie will get to make that comparison look even smarter. The Brewers’ 2008 first-round pick, drafted as a catcher, will play second base this spring, according to BA correspondent Tom Haudricourt. According to Haudricourt, part of this move is calculated, as Lawrie believes he can move quicker at a position where he’s familiar, and part of it is an acknowledgement of the depth of catching talent ahead of him in the farm system, with Angel Salome and Jonathan Lucroy.
The real thing to remember is that Lawrie’s best position is in the batter’s box—a lot like Uggla.
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