Justin Anthony Lawrence…son of Lionel and Elizabeth…born in Canal Zone, Panama…resides in Jacksonville, Fla., during the offseason...Has two siblings, Stacy and Giancarlo...Enjoys fishing in his free time...Graduated from First Coast High School in Jacksonville, Fla...Attended Jacksonville University in 2014, where he became a side-armer as a freshman two-way player…studied biology...Transferred to Daytona State Junior College the next year, playing first base and pitching...Committed to Oklahoma State University before signing with the Rockies in 2015.
Placed on the restricted list and received an 80-game suspension on Jan. 17, 2020, after violating Major League Baseball’s Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program.
Split the season between Double-A Hartford and Triple-A Albuquerque, his first experience at both levels...Combined at both levels, went 1-5 with an 8.76 ERA (37.0 IP, 36 ER) across 38 appearances...Began the season with Albuquerque, making eight relief appearances in April before being placed on the injured list on April 30, retroactive to April 29 … went 1-1 with an 8.71 ERA (10.1 IP, 10 ER) with the Isotopes...Made his next appearance June 5 as a member of Hartford … made 30 appearances with the Yard Goats and went 0-4 with an 8.78 ERA (26.2 IP, 26 ER)...Received his first invite to Major League Spring Training … made seven appearances and allowed four runs across 7.1 innings (4.91 ERA) with four walks and nine strikeouts.
Was named a California League Mid-Season All-Star, his first career All-Star nod ... Made a career-high 55 relief appearances for High-A Lancaster, notching 11 saves in 15 opportunities with a 2.65 ERA (54.1 IP, 16 ER), 27 walks and 62 strikeouts … held opponents to a .188 batting average ... Went 3-8 with a 5.06 ERA (96.0 IP, 54 ER), 34 walks and 80 strikeouts in 21 starts with Triple-A Albuquerque ... Named a Rising Star in the Arizona Fall League … in 10 relief appearances, logged three saves with a 3.38 ERA (10.2 IP, 4 ER), six walks and 13 strikeouts.
Made 16 appearances and recorded six saves for Low-A Asheville before year-ending surgery ... Scored upon three times in his 16 appearances, allowing three earned runs in 16.1 innings pitched (1.65 ERA) ... Made his last appearance on May 15 … placed on the disabled list on May 18.
Split the season between Short-Season Boise and Low-A Asheville, going a combined 4-6 with a 4.98 ERA (65.0 IP, 36 ER) in 49 relief appearances ... Went 2-1 with eight saves and a 2.20 ERA (28.2 IP, 7 ER) in 23 appearances with Boise … his eight saves were tied for the second-most in the Northwest League behind teammate Julian Fernandez.
Began his professional career with Short-Season Boise, before finishing the season with Rookie Level Grand Junction ... In 22 combined appearances between the two stops, went 0-3 with a 8.39 ERA (24.2 IP, 23 ER) ... Appeared in 16 games with Boise before being assigned to Grand Junction, Aug. 23.