"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."