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Casey Lawrence

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Starting pitcher Casey Lawrence began his professional career in 2010 after being signed as a non-drafted free agent by the Toronto Blue Jays. The scout was Bobby Gandolfo.

He was 7-2 with a 2.33 ERA in 77 1/3 innings for the Auburn Doubledays and Lansing Lugnuts his first year (earning a spot on the New York-Penn League Mid-Season All-Star squad) and in 2011, he was 14-9 with a 3.04 ERA in 151 frames between Lansing and the Dunedin Blue Jays. He reached Triple-A for the first time in 2013, allowing five earned runs in four innings during his sole appearance (a start, which he lost) with the Buffalo Bisons. After not pitching at Triple-A in 2014, he won 12 games for the New Hampshire Fisher Cats in 2015 and returned briefly to Buffalo, losing his only start with the club.

He made a rather inauspicious major league debut with the Blue Jays on April 8, 2017 as he walked home the winning run in the 11th inning against the Tampa Bay Rays. He allowed a double to Mallex Smith to start the frame, then after a sacrifice bunt, he issued intentional passes to the next two batters to create a force-out situation at every base. He struck out Evan Longoria for the second out but walked Brad Miller to give Tampa a 3-2 win. He pitched three more times for the Jays, going 0-3, 8.78, before being claimed off waivers by the Seattle Mariners on May 11th. In 23 games for Seattle, he pitched somewhat better, going 2-0, 5.57, finishing the year at 2-3, 6.34 in 27 games, including 2 starts (both with Toronto). In 55 1/3 innings, he gave up 77 hits and 25 walks. He was back with Seattle for part of the 2018 season, going 1-0, 7.33 in 11 games.

He was out of the majors from 2019 to 2021, including a detour in Japan in 2019, where he pitched one game for the Hiroshima Carp and was on their ni-gun team in the Western League the remainder of the year. He spent the 2020 season at the alternative training site of the Minnesota Twins. He signed with the York Revolution of the Atlantic League for 2021, but before he could appear in a game, the Blue Jays purchased his contract in May of 2021. He had a decent year between the AA New Hampshire Fisher Cats and AAA Buffalo Bisons, going 8-3, 4.40 in 25 games, including 14 starts.

Back in Buffalo at the start of 2022, he was 3-1, 2.82 after 4 starts when the Blue Jays selected his contract on May 4th to replace Andrew Vasquez, who had been roughed up in all three of his appearances with the big league team.

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