Lawrence, a non-roster invitee trying to secure the final bullpen spot, helped his cause by throwing four scoreless innings in which he only two hits and struck out four during a Saturday Cactus League split-squad win over the Athletics.
In the absence of an open rotation spot, the 30-year-old is looked at as a long reliever, the next most-fitting role considering he's proven capable of eating up innings while compiling 168 starts over an extensive minor-league career that dates back to 2010. Lawrence also averaged over two innings per his 27 appearances last season with the Blue Jays and Mariners, the first in which he'd seen any regular-season major-league action. Although he produced an unsightly 6.34 ERA and 1.84 WHIP over 55.3 frames in 2017, he's been dominant over five spring outings, generating an 0.75 ERA across 12 innings.
Lawrence appeared in 24 games with the Mariners in 2017, and prior to that, he pitched in three others with the Blue Jays before being designated for assignment in early May. During all those contests, he posted a 6.37 ERA and 1.84 WHIP over 55.1 innings. He will likely serve as organizational depth out of the bullpen for this upcoming season.
Lawrence cleared waivers and was outrighted to Triple-A Tacoma on Tuesday, Ryan Divish of The Seattle Times reports.
Lawrence made his major-league debut in 2017 after eight minor-league seasons, but it didn't necessarily go the way he planned. He ended the season with an unsightly 6.34 ERA, 1.84 WHIP and 52:25 K:BB across 55.1 innings with the Blue Jays and Mariners, though he showed some improvement after joining the Mariners (5.57 ERA and 45:14 K:BB in 42 innings). He'll likely serve as organizational bullpen depth in 2018.
Lawrence struck out two in a scoreless eighth inning in Friday's 5-2 loss to the Astros, allowing a hit and two walks.
Lawrence's trademark control issues surfaced again, as he needed 25 pitches to get three outs. He'd encouragingly stayed away from issuing any free passes in his previous pair of appearances, but Friday marked the fourth time in his last seven major-league outings that he'd been guilty of multiple walks. The 29-year-old right-hander is capable of filling a variety of roles, including starter, but his inability to consistently locate (4.2 BB/9) and propensity for surrendering the long ball (1.9 HR/9) have mostly made him a fantasy liability during his stints with both the Blue Jays and Mariners in 2017.
Lawrence fired a scoreless ninth inning in Sunday's 3-0 loss to the Rays, issuing two walks and recording a strikeout.
Just recalled from Triple-A Tacoma on Saturday, Lawrence had a much better outing than the last two he'd produced for the Mariners before his most recent demotion. The right-hander had surrendered five earned runs on nine hits and a walk over five innings in those appearances, and he's generated an unsightly 6.45 ERA and 1.77 WHIP overall in 44.2 big-league innings with Toronto and Seattle. Given that he's bounced between Triple-A and the majors on multiple occasions, there's no telling how long his current stint may last.
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|Minor League Pitching Stats|
|2011||AFA-Dunedin Blue Jays||3||1||2.88||4||4||1||0||0||25.0||26||8||8||3||0||2||14|
|2012||AFA-Dunedin Blue Jays||9||6||3.63||24||23||1||0||0||138.2||149||60||56||9||1||21||90|
|2012||AA-New Hampshire Fisher||0||1||6.39||3||2||0||0||0||12.2||20||9||9||1||1||5||6|
|2013||AFA-Dunedin Blue Jays||4||6||4.43||16||15||0||0||0||89.1||107||48||44||7||0||15||54|
|2013||AA-New Hampshire Fisher||0||0||2.70||2||2||0||0||0||10.0||9||4||3||2||0||3||6|
|2014||AA-New Hampshire Fisher||9||9||3.69||26||22||1||1||0||151.1||161||72||62||9||2||29||93|
|2015||AA-New Hampshire Fisher||12||13||4.52||26||26||1||0||0||161.1||208||92||81||9||2||32||91|
|2016||AA-New Hampshire Fisher||3||6||4.56||13||13||0||0||0||75.0||92||42||38||8||1||13||50|