Baseball Prospectus is awesome. If you’re a baseball fan, and don’t subscribe to BP, stop what you’re doing right now, head over there and just do it. One of my favourite items over at BP is an ongoing feature they have dubbed “What Scouts Are Saying“. The feature takes the tidbits gleaned from scouts and other talent evaluators that do not make it into their articles, and aggregates them in one post for our perusal.
For those of you without a BP subscription (seriously go get one), you’re in luck this week as a quote regarding the Blue Jays’ Brett Lawrie was included in the “preview” of the article.
While many of us that still subject ourselves to regularly watching Blue Jays games have seen a definite improvement in Brett Lawrie over the past couple of months, there is a certain comfort that comes from seeing quotes like this from those whose job it is to evaluate professional baseball players:
“I think he is among the five best defenders at his position in the game, and he is only going to improve. He is very quick and has more than enough arm strength to make the toughest plays to his right. I am comfortable saying that he is going to be a superstar third baseman, and it’s more likely to happen sooner than later.”
The BP article has a little more to the quote which you’ll have to click over to check out, but I think the above excerpt essentially sums up what every single Jays fan wants to hear. Brett Lawrie healthy for at least 80% of 2014 combined with Jose Reyes, Edwin Encarnacion, and Jose Bautista are a force to be reckoned with, and exactly the reason the Jays should be contenders (for real this time) next season.
In the words of Baseball Prospectus’ own Jason Parks #WANT.