Brian Lawrence

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Brian Lawrence
Born: (1976-05-14) May 14, 1976 (age 42)
Fort Collins, Colorado
Batted: RightThrew: Right
MLB debut
April 15, 2001, for the San Diego Padres
Last MLB appearance
September 17, 2007, for the New York Mets
MLB statistics
Win–loss record 50–63
Earned run average 4.19
Strikeouts 597

Brian Michael Lawrence (born May 14, 1976) is a former Major League Baseball starting pitcher. He is currently pitching coach of the South Bend Cubs, a Class A affiliate of the Chicago Cubs.

Major League Baseball Professional baseball league

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Starting pitcher baseball or softball pitcher who throws the first pitch for their team in a game

In baseball, a starting pitcher or starter is the first pitcher in the game for each team. A pitcher is credited with a game started if they throw the first pitch to the opponent's first batter of a game. A pitcher who enters the game after the first pitch of the game is a relief pitcher. Starting pitchers are expected to pitch for a significant portion of the game, although their ability to do this depends on many factors, including effectiveness, stamina, health, and strategy.

The South Bend Cubs are a U.S. Class A minor league baseball team, based in South Bend, Indiana, that plays in the Midwest League. Known for more than two decades as the "'Silver Hawks"', they ended their 17-year affiliation with the Arizona Diamondbacks in September 2014, signed a 4-year player development agreement with the Chicago Cubs, and changed their name to the South Bend Cubs.


High school

Lawrence attended Carthage High School in Carthage, Texas. His senior year (1994) under head coach Scott Lee, he led the Bulldogs to the final four State Semi-Final game in Austin versus the Belton Tigers of Bell County, losing the game 9-5 on a walk-off grand-slam given up by his relief pitcher.

Carthage High School is a public high school located in the city of Carthage, Texas. It is part of the Carthage Independent School District located in central Panola County and classified as a 4A school by the UIL. In 2013, the school was rated "Met Standard" by the Texas Education Agency.

Carthage, Texas City in Texas, United States

Carthage is a city in Panola County, Texas, United States. This city is 150 miles southeast of Dallas. The population was 6,779 at the 2010 census. It is the county seat of Panola County, and is situated in East Texas near the Louisiana state line.

Bell County, Texas County in the United States

Bell County is a county located in the central part of the U.S. state of Texas. As of the 2010 census, its population was 310,235. Its county seat is Belton. The county was founded in 1850 and is named for Peter Hansborough Bell, the third governor of Texas.


Lawrence attended Northwestern State University in Natchitoches, Louisiana.

Northwestern State University

Northwestern State University of Louisiana (NSU) is a public university primarily situated in Natchitoches, Louisiana, with a nursing campus in Shreveport and general campuses in Leesville/Fort Polk and Alexandria. It is a part of the University of Louisiana System.

Natchitoches, Louisiana City in Louisiana, United States

Natchitoches is a small city and the parish seat of Natchitoches Parish, Louisiana, United States. Established in 1714 by Louis Juchereau de St. Denis as part of French Louisiana, the community was named after the indigenous Natchitoches people.

Professional career

San Diego Padres

In the 1998 Major League Baseball draft, the San Diego Padres selected Lawrence in the 17th round. After spending the rest of that year at the Rookie League and Class A Short Season levels of the Padres' organization, he played a full season in 1999 with the Class A-Advanced Rancho Cucamonga Quakes, finishing with a 12-8 record and a 3.39 ERA.

The 1998 First-Year Player Draft, Major League Baseball's annual amateur draft of high school and college baseball players, was held on June 2 and 3, 1998. A total of 1445 players were drafted over the course of 50 rounds.

San Diego Padres Baseball team and Major League Baseball franchise in San Diego, California, United States

The San Diego Padres are an American professional baseball team based in San Diego, California. The Padres compete in Major League Baseball (MLB) as a member club of the National League (NL) West division. Founded in 1969, the Padres have won two NL pennants — in 1984 and 1998, losing in the World Series both years. As of 2018, they have had 14 winning seasons in franchise history. The Padres are one of two Major League Baseball teams in California to originate from that state; the Athletics were originally from Philadelphia, and the Dodgers and Giants are originally from two New York City boroughs – Brooklyn and Manhattan, respectively. The Padres are the only major professional sports franchise to be located in San Diego, following the relocation of the Chargers to Los Angeles in 2017. The Padres are the only MLB team that does not share its city with another major league professional sports franchise.

During the 2000 season, Lawrence split time between the Double-A Mobile BayBears and the Triple-A Las Vegas Stars.

Double-A (baseball) Minor League Baseball competition level between Class A and Class AAA

Double-A is the second highest level of play in Minor League Baseball (MiLB) in the United States after Triple-A. There are thirty Double-A teams in three leagues at this classification: Eastern League, Southern League, and the Texas League. The modern Double-A classification was created in 1946 with the renaming of Class A1, which then contained the Texas League and the Southern Association. After the Southern Association disbanded in 1961, the Eastern League and the original South Atlantic "Sally" League were bumped up to Double-A in the 1963 minor league reorganization. The SAL changed its name to the Southern League in 1964.

Mobile BayBears Minor League Baseball team

The Mobile BayBears are a Minor League Baseball team based in Mobile, Alabama, United States. The team, which plays in the Southern League, is the Double-A affiliate of the Los Angeles Angels. The BayBears play in Hank Aaron Stadium, named after baseball's former all-time home run king and Mobile native Hank Aaron. Opened in 1997, the park seats 6,000 spectators. The BayBears will relocate to Madison, Alabama, in 2020, where they will be called the Rocket City Trash Pandas.

At the end of the 2001 season, Lawrence made his major league debut for the Padres. He ended up going 5-5 with a 3.45 ERA in 27 games (15 starts). The 2001 season was the only one in which the Padres used him extensively in a relief role.

The 2001 Major League Baseball season, the first of the 21st century, finished with the Arizona Diamondbacks defeating the New York Yankees in seven games, for the 2001 World Series. The September 11 terrorist attacks on New York and Washington, D.C. pushed the end of the regular-season from September 30 to October 7. Because of the tragedy, the World Series was not completed until November 4. The 2001 World Series was the first World Series to end in November.

By 2002, he had established himself in the Padres' starting rotation, and he made at least 31 starts with the Padres in each of the next four seasons. For three consecutive years (2002 to 2004), he logged more than 200 innings pitched, and he won at least ten games in each of those seasons.

On June 12, 2002, Lawrence struck out three batters on nine pitches in the third inning of a 2-0 win over the Baltimore Orioles. Lawrence became the 24th National League pitcher and the 33rd pitcher in Major League history to accomplish the nine-strike/three-strikeout half-inning. However, in 2005, his record was just 7-15, and his ERA 4.83 – his highest-ever ERA in the majors. He threw the slowest fastball of all NL starters in 2005, averaging 83.3 miles per hour.

Washington Nationals

After the 2005 season, the Padres traded Lawrence to the Washington Nationals for third baseman Vinny Castilla. Following the trade to the Nationals, Padres General Manager Kevin Towers was quoted as saying "Brian Lawrence was an effective low cost innings-eater". The righty would never have an opportunity to pitch for the Nationals. On the second day of spring training for the 2006 season, team doctors discovered a torn labrum and a torn rotator cuff in his right shoulder, which put him on the disabled list for all of 2006. After the 2006 season, the Nationals declined their 2007 option on Lawrence.

Colorado Rockies

On January 21, 2007, Lawrence was signed by the Colorado Rockies, but was released early in the season.

New York Mets

On May 6, 2007, Lawrence signed a minor league contract with the New York Mets. The Mets assigned him to their Triple-A affiliate, the New Orleans Zephyrs. On August 2, 2007, Lawrence was called up to the major leagues, and started his first game with the Mets against the Milwaukee Brewers. His victory in Milwaukee was his first major league win in almost 2 years. He was designated for assignment on September 18, 2007. [1] Lawrence made six starts for the Mets and posted a 6.83 ERA. Lawrence opted for free agency after the season.

Kansas City Royals

On January 19, 2008, the Kansas City Royals signed Lawrence to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training, he was released from the team on March 27, 2008.

Camden Riversharks

On April 24, 2008, Lawrence signed with the Camden Riversharks of the Atlantic League.

Atlanta Braves

On June 8, the Atlanta Braves bought Lawrence's contract from Camden and assigned him to Triple-A Richmond. He became a free agent at the end of the season.

Orange County Flyers

He joined the independent Orange County Flyers of the Golden Baseball League under first-year manager Phil Nevin in 2009. In his Flyers debut, he threw a complete game one-hitter (doubleheader games in the minors are 7 innings).

Return to the Padres

The San Diego Padres purchased his contract from the Flyers on June 15, 2009 and sent him to Triple-A.

On August 1, 2009 the San Diego Padres released Lawrence.

Florida Marlins

On August 18, 2009, Lawrence signed a minor league contract with the Florida Marlins. His contract expired at the end of the season. Lawrence re-signed a minor league contract with the Marlins on April 1, 2010.

San Francisco Giants

Lawrence signed with the San Francisco Giants on February 14, 2011, but he was released before the 2011 season on April 1. [2]

Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

He signed with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim on April 17. [2] However, he retired on June 2 after going 25 with an 8.07 ERA for the Triple-A Salt Lake Bees of the Pacific Coast League. [2] [3]

Coaching career

In 2012, he was named the pitching coach for the Normal CornBelters of the Frontier League, an independent professional baseball league.

He was named Pitching Coach for the Lake Elsinore Storm of the California League.

He was released from his minor league contract on December 7, 2012 in order to become a pitching coach.

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  3. "River Cats Rally to Beat Bees Again". Minor League Baseball. 2011-06-03. Retrieved 2011-07-26.