DUNEDIN, Fla -- Blue Jays third baseman Brett Lawrie, who got the day off Monday, continues to lead all American League hitters with a .579 spring batting average. Lawrie, who boasts an on-base percentage of .600, is fourth in slugging at .842.
"When you're around him every day, the only thing that is paramount for him is to win," said manager John Farrell. "He's a Type-A personality. He's an aggressive kid. He finds a way to impact the game, whether it's with the bat or on the field.
"We're watching a special young player come into his own. What he's shown just from last spring until now -- he's coming pretty quick."
The 22-year-old Lawrie, who was called up on Aug. 5 last season, hit .293 with the Blue Jays. But his average didn't dip below .300 until his final three games before a broken finger ended his season on Sept. 20.
"I think 150 at-bats last year went a long way in his belief that he can handle any kind of pitching he's going to see," said Farrell. "He's showing more confidence in his game. I wouldn't say more confidence in himself, he's always had a lot of confidence."