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Lawrie, Schafer taken off Crew's AFL roster

Lawrie, Schafer taken off Crew's AFL roster

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Both were selected by the Milwaukee Brewers in the 2008 First-Year Player Draft, one in the first round, the other in the third. Both were expected to suit up for the Surprise Rafters in the Arizona Fall League starting on Tuesday. Neither, in the end, will do so.

Second baseman Brett Lawrie, taken No. 16 overall in the 2008 Draft, has been removed from the Arizona Fall League roster, as has Logan Schafer, an outfielder taken in the third round. Schafer hasn't fully recovered from a broken foot that kept him out from all but seven games of the 2010 season.

Lawrie isn't injured and while there was no official word, it appears that the 20-year-old prospect asked out of the AFL after a long season that began when the Canadian reported to the Brewers' Spring Training complex in Maryvale, Ariz. Lawrie went on to hit .285/.346/.451 with 30 steals, getting named to his second Futures Game and the Southern League All-Star team as one of the youngest regulars in the Double-A circuit.

Lawrie has been replaced by first baseman Hunter Morris, the Brewers' fourth-round pick in this past June's Draft who hit .251/.306/.436 with nine homers and 44 RBIs in 71 games for Class A Wisconsin after signing. Schafer's place is being taken by Caleb Gindl, a 2007 fifth-round pick who was a Florida State League All-Star in 2009 and hit .272/.352/406 with nine homers, 60 RBIs and 10 steals for Double-A Huntsville.

Jonathan Mayo is a reporter for MLB.com and writes a blog, B3. Follow @JonathanMayoB3 on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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