Jays’ Lawrie Vegas-bound

Brett Lawrie’s baseball regular season will likely begin in Las Vegas at the AAA level.

The 21-year-old from Langley, who was acquired by the Toronto Blue Jays from the Milwaukee Brewers organization in the off-season, had a solid spring training with the Jays — he hit .282 (11-for-39) with two home runs and six RBIs in 17 Grapefruit League games — but on Wednesday the team sent him to their minor league camp.

“The fact is, we’ve got an exciting young player in our system,” Jays manager John Farrell said on the team’s website.

“When he’s ready to come to the big leagues and be in the lineup every day, we feel like we’re going to have a player for a long, long time that’s going to be a productive one.”

Lawrie is a Brookswood Secondary graduate and he played in the Langley Blaze system. He was a first round pick of the Brewers in the 2008 MLB Draft, and as the 16th overall pick, he is the highest-ever Canadian positional player selected.

Last year at the AA level, he hit .285 with eight home runs and 63 RBIs.

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