The file on Brett Lawrie
First-round pick by Brewers
Born in Langley, British Columbia, Canada, Brett Lawrie attended Brookswood Secondary School. He was selected 16th overall in 2008 MLB Draft by the Milwaukee Brewers. In his first season in the minors, he hit .274 with 13 home runs and 65 RBI.
Lawrie trade to Toronto
Following his second season in the Brewers' system, Lawrie was dealt to Toronto for major league starter Shaun Marcum on December 6, 2010. The newest Blue Jay entered the 2011 season as the No. 40 overall prospect in the minors according to Baseball America.
Lawrie makes MLB debut
After hitting .353 with 18 home runs in 69 games for Triple-A Las Vegas, the Blue Jays summoned Lawrie and he made his major league debut on August 5, 2011. He collected two hits in four at-bats and drove in a run. On September 21, Lawrie fractured the middle finger on his right hand while fielding during batting practice, ending his season. The 21-year-old finished his rookie season hitting .293 with nine home runs and 25 RBI in 43 games.
Lawrie loses temper
On May 15, 2012, Lawrie was ejected for arguing balls and strikes with the home plate umpire. After being ejected, he spiked his helmet in the ground and it bounced up and hit the umpire. MLB suspended Lawrie for four games.
Lawrie made multiple trips to the disabled list in 2013, including beginning the season on the DL with strained ribs. At the end of May, he sprained his ankle sliding into a base and didn't return until July 13. He finished the season with a .254 average to go along with 11 home runs and 46 RBI in 107 games.
2014 ends early for Lawrie
If 2013 was bad, 2014 was worse for Lawrie. On June 22, he fractured his right index finger after being hit by a pitch. He was activated from the DL on August 5, but left his first game with back stiffness. Two days later, the Blue Jays put him back on the 15-day DL. On September 2, he was transferred to the 60-day DL, ending his season. He hit a career-low .247 in just 70 games.
Lawrie traded to A's
On November 28, 2014, Lawrie was traded to the A's along with SS Franklin Barreto, RHP Kendall Graveman and LHP Sean Holin for third baseman Josh Donaldson.
Lawrie dealt to White Sox
Lawrie had an up-and-down year with the A's in 2015, but finished with career-highs in home runs (16), RBI (60) and games played (149). After one season in the green and gold, the infielder was traded to the White Sox on Dec. 9, 2015 in exchange for minor league pitchers J.B. Wendelken and Zachary Erwin.