With the ensuing roster shakeups throughout the organization, the recent promotions of Robert Carson, Matt den Dekker, and Anthony Recker have left Wally Backman‘s clubhouse reasonably bare as the 51s push toward a playoff berth in the Pacific Coast League.
So, to help out Las Vegas a little bit, FSL Player of the Year Dustin Lawley is making the jump from High-A to Triple-A, according to Adam Rubin of ESPN New York.
Interesting byproduct: Dustin Lawley, Florida State League homer leader, jumping all the way to Las Vegas.
— Adam Rubin (@AdamRubinESPN) August 27, 2013
The 24-year-old outfielder was selected in the 19th round of the 2011 MLB draft by New York, out of the University of West Florida.
He’s currently hitting .260/.313/.512 in 469 at-bats this season, with a league-leading 25 home runs and 92 RBIs.
While Lawley has been enjoying a solid season, one of the knocks he’s gotten is that he’s too old to be facing FSL pitching. I was surprised he didn’t get a promotion to Binghamton at some point this year, but their outfield is already pretty full as they march toward the Eastern League playoffs. Now that den Dekker is out of the picture and in the major leagues, we get a chance to take a look and see if how Dustin fares in the upper minors.
Best of luck, Dustin!! We’ll be rooting for you.