Quick mention of Brian Lawrence

I remember the 2001 season like it was yesterday -- obelisks, floating in zero gravity while listening to "The Blue Danube," and being completely jealous that the Padres had this guy:

 

Year Age Lev ERA IP H R ER HR BB IBB SO HBP BB/9 SO/9 SO/BB
1998 22 A-Rk 2.73 102.1 89 41 31 6 18 0 100 6 1.6 8.8 5.56
1998 22 Rk 2.45 22.0 22 7 6 1 5 0 21 2 2.0 8.6 4.20
1998 22 A 2.80 80.1 67 34 25 5 13 0 79 4 1.5 8.9 6.08
1999 23 A+ 3.39 175.1 178 72 66 6 30 1 166 10 1.5 8.5 5.53
2000 24 AA-AAA 2.28 173.1 147 53 44 12 35 0 165 14 1.8 8.6 4.71
2000 24 AA 2.42 126.2 99 40 34 6 28 0 119 10 2.0 8.5 4.25
2000 24 AAA 1.93 46.2 48 13 10 6 7 0 46 4 1.4 8.9 6.57
2001 25 AAA 3.80 45.0 42 22 19 3 17 2 42 2 3.4 8.4 2.47
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 2/16/2011.

Brian Lawrence, control master. Oh, woe be to the Giants who would dare to stand in against this young, Madduxian prodigy. He was going to dominate the Giants for years. Then his arm blew up. Kerflooey. I figured he was selling encyclopedias door-to-door by now.

But, no! He was in the Marlins' system last year, and he didn't do that poorly at all:

 

Year Age Lg Lev ERA IP H R ER HR BB SO BB/9 SO/9 SO/BB
2010 34 PCL AAA 4.42 142.2 167 80 70 19 39 115 2.5 7.3 2.95
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 2/16/2011.

Okay, he wasn't that great, but he is a) as likely to not mess the bed as Jeff Suppan, and b) willing to wait in a glass case in Fresno. And in case you didn't see it on TMZ or Drudge, the Giants signed Lawrence to a minor-league deal.

I'm in. This is my favorite acquisition of the offseason, just beating out Miguel Tejada and Absolutely Nothing Else. It's not like Lawrence is going to pitch for the Giants this year, but I'm pulling for him. The 23-year-old in me is just thrilled that the Giants finally got their hands on Brian Lawrence. Brian Freaking Lawrence! Eat it, San Diego!

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