According to MLB Trade Rumors, the Jays organization has shipped veteran right-hander Shaun Marcum to the Milwaukee Brewers. Top prospect Brett Lawrie, a Canadian second baseman, is rumored to be the return for the veteran hurler.
I have Milwaukee's Top 10 prospect list going up on Tuesday at FanGraphs.com but I might as well give a sneak peek here. For what it's worth, I've seen Lawrie play a number of times and he has a very impressive bat.
1. Brett Lawrie, 2B
Notes: Lawrie spent the 2010 season in double-A despite being just 20 years of age. He produced a solid offensive line of .285/.346/.449 in 554 at-bats. The former No. 1 draft pick showed a solid power output for a player at the keystone position with an ISO rate of .164. Lawrie also displayed some instincts on the base paths and stole 30 bags. At the plate, he shows a level stroke but it can get long at times. His stance includes a wide, low crouch and he needs to concentrate on keeping more upright through his core. Lawrie also has a very "noisy" load and less bat movement could perhaps help him make even more contact. At times, he looks unprepared to swing on some good fastballs on the inner half. Defensively, the hope is that Lawrie can develop into an average defensive fielder. Lawie could see time in the Majors in the second half of 2011 but the prospect - who carries himself with a lot of confidence - could probably use a full season in the minors to help iron out his overall game.