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Former York-Adams League pitcher Casey Lawrence set to start 2018 season with Mariners

STAFF REPORT
  • Delone Catholic grad Casey Lawrence is expected to start the 2018 season with the Seattle Mariners.
  • Lawrence is coming off a strong spring, compiling a 1.80 ERA over 15 innings, striking out 17.
  • Lawrence, 30, made his major league debut last season after spending seven years in the minors.

A former York-Adams League pitcher will reportedly start the 2018 season as a major leaguer.

Delone Catholic High School graduate Casey Lawrence warms up for the Seattle Mariners during a recent spring training game. Lawrence is expected to start the 2018 season with the Mariners. ROSS D. FRANKLIN/AP

According to Ryan Divisih of the Seattle Times, Delone Catholic High School graduate Casey Lawrence has been told, barring unforeseen circumstances, he'll likely be a member of the Seattle Mariners' roster when the team starts the new season on Thursday night at home against the Cleveland Indians.

It would mark the first time the former Squire has been with a major league team on opening day.

Lawrence, 30, enjoyed a strong spring with Seattle, compiling a 1.80 ERA over 15 innings, striking out 17. He is expected to be a long reliever for the Mariners, but he could also be used as a spot starter.

After graduating from Delone, the 6-foot, 2-inch, 170-pound right-hander excelled at Albright College, an NCAA Division III program in Reading, going 18-8 with a 2.81 ERA over 256 ​2⁄3 innings.

Despite those numbers, he went undrafted by any major league clubs before eventually signing a free-agent contract with the Toronto Blue Jays in 2010. He toiled in the minors for seven years before finally making his major league debut early last April for the Jays.

Toronto later designated Lawrence for assignment, and he was then picked up by Seattle. 

His combined major league stats in 2017 for Toronto and Seattle included a 2-3 record with a 6.34 ERA over 55 1/3 innings. He allowed 77 hits with 52 strikeouts and 25 walks. In the minors, Lawrence has a career record of 66-64 with a 3.81 ERA.