Originally posted on Taking Bad Schotz  |  Last updated 9/11/12

The righty pitcher Brian Lawrence is from Fort Collins, Texas where he attended Carthage High School. His talents took him to Northwestern State University of Louisiana before getting drafted by the San Diego Padres in the 17th round of 1998 MLB Draft. The late pick impressed in A-Rk up to Single A in his first minor league season with a winning record, a sub 3 ERA, and a strikeout rate closing in on 9.

Lawrence easily worked his way to AAA with consistent quality starts, gradually earning a spot in the 2001 starting rotation after being used in a relief role. Lawrence went 5-5 with a 3.45 ERA (career high). The next season Lawrence’s ERA grew to 3.69, and he went 12-12 with a career high two complete game shutouts in his 210 IP. That season against Baltimore he became the 33rd pitcher to strike out the side on just 9 pitches.

In 2003 #50 struggled with a 10-15 record and an ERA over 4, where it would stay for the rest of his career. The next year he somewhat bounced back with a 15-14 record, and earned his 3rd consecutive season of 200+ innings.

In 2005 at age 29, BL had over 30 starts for his fourth straight season, but went 7-15 with a regrettable 4.83 ERA. Later that year the Padres traded Lawrence for Vinny Castilla, and the pitcher ended up tearing his labrum and rotator cuff and was forced to sit out.

Lawrence then signed with the Mets where he had the opportunity to get blown up in his 6 starts; he went 1-2 with an ERA nearing 7.

Lawrence then made failed comebacks with the Kansas City Royals, Camden Riversharks, Atlanta Braves, Orange County Flyers, Padres (again), Florida Marlins, San Francisco Giants, and finally the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in 2011.

The courageous pitcher finally retired and now coaches for the Normal CornBelters of the Frontier League.

Lawrence finished 50-63 with a 4.19 ERA in 963 IP….this guy definitely could have used Petco Park.

-Schotz

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