Sunday, November 28, 2010

2004 Topps, Brian Lawrence

#184 Brian Lawrence

Here is another card in the long line of Padrographs that Rod sent me two years ago. This one features former Padre, Brian Lawrence.

Brian was drafted by the Padres in the 17th round of the 1998 draft. He advanced steadily through the Padres system and by 2001, he was pitching in the Major Leagues. From 2002-2004, Brian won at least 10 games each season including a career high of 15 in '04. Unfortunately, he also lost at least 10 games in each of those seasons. For those three seasons, he was actually four games under .500. In 2005, he went 7-15 with a then career high ERA of 4.83. After that season, Brian was traded to the Nationals for Vinnie Castilla.

Since then, Brian has bounced around the AAA circuit with a brief stop in the Atlantic League and briefer stint with the New York Mets. He pitched this past season with the Marlins AAA club in New Orleans and he went 11-8 with a 4.42 ERA. Brian's Minor League Baseball page lists him currently as a free agent.

This is the third post in a row that has been of a pitcher wearing Adidas cleats. I didn't realize Adidas cleats were popular in 2003.

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