Mathew Lawton III was born in Gulfport Mississippi on November 3, 1971. He was drafted by the Twins in the 13th round of the 1991 draft. In 1994 he hit .300 at A ball & played in the Florida State League All Star Game.
As an outfielder he was rated a poor defensive player who sometimes made basic fundamental mistakes. He made the best of his abilities and after two brief appearances in 1995 & 1996, became the Twins everyday outfielder by 1997.
He had some good hitting seasons, hitting over 35 doubles three times, driving in over 60 runs five times, scoring over 90 runs three times and stealing 23 or more bases four times.
Lawton would only play in 48 games as a Met right fielder, as his average dropped to .246 in 183 at bats, with 3 HRs 11 doubles & 13 RBIs. In an early September series sweep over the Marlins, Lawton had six hits with three RBIs.