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Ryan Lavarnway

26-Year-Old Catcher – Boston Red Sox

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Lavarnway has worked extremely hard to improve his defensive skills, but he's still a catcher whose best tool is his bat. He's had limited opportunities with Boston, but the organization doesn't feel ...

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LEAGUE: AAA    40 MAN: YES   BATS: R   THROWS: R   HT: 6' 4"   WT: 240   DOB: 8/7/1987   BORN: Burbank, CA   COLLEGE: Yale   DRAFTED: 6th Rd    Show ContractHide Contract

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Ryan Lavarnway Contract Information:

Signed a one-year, $510,000 contract with Boston in March 2014.

March 28, 2014  –  Ryan Lavarnway News

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Lavarnway was optioned to Tripe-A Pawtucket on Friday, Scott Lauber of the Boston Herald reports.

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Ryan Lavarnway Stats
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Year Age Lg Tm G PA AB R H XBH 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO SH SF HBP AVG OBP SLG OPS
2008 20 A Low 22 79 71 10 15 7 5 0 2 9 0 0 8 18 0 0 0 .211 .317 .366 .683
2009 21 A Gre 106 460 404 60 115 59 36 2 21 87 1 2 50 113 0 6 0 .285 .367 .540 .907
2010 22 A Sal 82 360 304 66 87 32 18 0 14 63 1 0 44 62 0 3 9 .286 .389 .484 .873
2010 22 AA Por 44 190 158 25 45 17 9 0 8 39 0 0 26 42 0 2 4 .285 .395 .494 .889
2011 23 AA Por 55 239 208 35 59 19 5 0 14 38 0 0 25 47 0 4 2 .284 .360 .510 .870
2011 23 AAA Paw 61 264 227 40 67 36 18 0 18 55 1 1 32 60 0 1 4 .295 .390 .612 1.002
2011 23 MAJ BOS 17 43 39 5 9 4 2 0 2 8 0 0 4 10 0 0 0 .231 .302 .436 .738
2012 24 AAA Paw 83 367 319 52 94 30 22 0 8 43 1 0 40 62 0 4 4 .295 .376 .439 .815
2012 24 MAJ BOS 46 166 153 11 24 10 8 0 2 12 0 0 11 41 0 2 0 .157 .211 .248 .459
2013 25 AAA Paw 50 214 180 23 45 12 9 0 3 24 0 0 25 25 0 5 4 .250 .346 .350 .696
2013 25 MAJ BOS 25 82 77 8 23 8 7 0 1 14 0 0 2 17 0 1 2 .299 .329 .429 .758
2014 26 AAA Paw 11 49 43 5 9 2 1 0 1 3 0 0 4 6 0 0 2 .209 .306 .302 .608
3-Year Averages MAJ   29 95 89 8 18 6 5 0 1 11 0 0 5 22 0 1 0 .202 .242 .292 .534

Age is determined on July 1st of each season.       Jump To:     ▼ Advanced Stats      ▼ Batter vs. Pitcher Stats     ▼ Games By Position

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Ryan Lavarnway Game Log    (View Full Game Log)
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DATE OPP AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS HBP SF E AVG OBP SLG OPS
Apr. 15 @CWS Did not play.
Apr. 13 @NYY Did not play.
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Apr. 11 @NYY Did not play.
Apr. 10 @NYY Did not play.
Apr. 9 Tex Did not play.
Apr. 8 Tex Did not play.
Apr. 7 Tex Did not play.
Apr. 6 Mil Did not play.
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Apr. 3 @Bal Did not play.
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Mar. 31 @Bal Did not play.
Last 7 Days 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 .000
Last 14 Days 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 .000
Last 30 Days 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 .000

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Ryan Lavarnway: MLB Games Played By Position

Year C 1B 2B 3B SS OF LF CF RF DH
2013 22 3
2012 28 17
2011 8 8

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Ryan Lavarnway Split Stats    (View Full Split Stats)

Vs. Left

Year AB R HR RBI SB AVG SLG OPS
2013303020.267.433.724
2012504150.180.280.506
2011173250.294.647.980

Vs. Right

Year AB R HR RBI SB AVG SLG OPS
20134751120.319.426.778
20121037170.146.233.437
2011222030.182.273.553

Home

Year AB R HR RBI SB AVG SLG OPS
2013245140.417.6671.083
2012614030.148.197.421
201150010.000.000.000

Away

Year AB R HR RBI SB AVG SLG OPS
20135330100.245.321.614
2012927290.163.283.485
2011345270.265.500.842
Ryan Lavarnway Advanced Stats
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Year Age Lg Tm PA AB Walk Rate Strikeout Rate BB/K Ratio Contact Rate BABIP Isolated Power
2008 20 A Low 79 71 10.1% 22.8% 0.44 75% .255 .155
2009 21 A Gre 460 404 10.9% 24.6% 0.44 72% .348 .255
2010 22 A Sal 360 304 12.2% 17.2% 0.71 80% .320 .198
2010 22 AA Por 190 158 13.7% 22.1% 0.62 73% .343 .209
2011 23 AA Por 239 208 10.5% 19.7% 0.53 77% .306 .226
2011 23 AAA Paw 264 227 12.1% 22.7% 0.53 74% .329 .317
2011 23 MAJ BOS 43 39 9.3% 23.3% 0.40 74% .259 .205
2012 24 AAA Paw 367 319 10.9% 16.9% 0.65 81% .345 .144
2012 24 MAJ BOS 166 153 6.6% 24.7% 0.27 73% .200 .091
2013 25 AAA Paw 214 180 11.7% 11.7% 1.00 86% .276 .100
2013 25 MAJ BOS 82 77 2.4% 20.7% 0.12 78% .373 .130
2014 26 AAA Paw 49 43 8.2% 12.2% 0.67 86% .222 .093
3-Year Averages MAJ   95 89 5.3% 23.2% 0.23 75% .258 .090

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Best Matchups for Ryan Lavarnway (by OPS, min 1 AB)

Batter Team AB H HR RBI BB K SB AVG SLG OPS
Joel Peralta TB 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 1.000 2.000 3.000
Wade Davis KC 1 1 0 2 0 0 0 1.000 2.000 3.000
Charlie Furbush SEA 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 1.000 2.000 3.000
Garrett Richards ANA 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 1.000 2.000 3.000
Scott Barnes CLE 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 1.000 2.000 3.000
Aaron Laffey WAS 2 1 1 3 2 0 0 .500 2.000 2.750
Zach Britton BAL 2 1 1 3 0 0 0 .500 2.000 2.500
Felipe Paulino CHI-A 2 2 0 1 1 0 0 1.000 1.000 2.000
Tyson Ross SD 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 1.000 1.000 2.000
Anthony Swarzak MIN 1 1 0 1 0 0 0 1.000 1.000 2.000

Worst Matchups for Ryan Lavarnway (by OPS, min 1 AB)

Batter Team AB H HR RBI BB K SB AVG SLG OPS
Brad Lincoln PHI 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 .000 .000 .000
Mark Lowe CLE 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
T.J. McFarland BAL 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
Dustin McGowan TOR 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
Yoervis Medina SEA 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
Jim Miller NY-A 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
Joe Nathan DET 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 .000 .000 .000
Pat Neshek STL 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 .000 .000 .000
Alexi Ogando TEX 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 .000 .000 .000
Troy Patton BAL 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000

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Ryan Lavarnway: Past News Updates   ( ▲ View most recent update )

Lavarnway started at first base in Tuesday's exhibition game against the Yankees. He had one hit in three at-bats.

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The Red Sox are shopping Lavarnway around, according to an industry source, Comcast SportsNet New England reports. "They're making it known he's available," a veteran National League talent evaluator said of the Red Sox.

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Lavarnway went 1-for-4 and belted his first homer of the spring in Tuesday's exhibition game against the Orioles.

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Lavarnway made his first start and second appearance overall at first base in Monday's exhibition game against Pittsburgh, ESPN Boston reports. "Well, I went from zero to where I am now, so that was pretty good, I guess," he said. "The feedback has all been good. I still am not at a point where I know what's good and what's bad, but the feedback has been good for me."

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Lavarnway saw his first action at first base in Saturday's exhibition game against Minnesota.

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Red Sox manager John Farrell said he would have "no hesitation" asking Lavarnway to play first base in an exhibition, the Providence Journal reports.

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Lavarnway will work out at first base during spring training, WEEI.com reports.

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RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks

2014

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2013

Lavarnway's near-term future with Boston was much brighter entering 2012 than it became this offseason. A serious dropoff in his offense during his stay in Boston leaves him and the organization with questions. He does not carry a good enough glove or reputation for handling pitchers to sustain reduced power output. The offseason addition of David Ross and Mike Napoli further muddies Lavarnway's immediate outlook, and that was before the organization added two lower-level catching prospects to its 40-man roster. We suspect Lavarnway, who caught more games in 2012 than in any other season, will open the year as Triple-A Pawtucket's full-time catcher. Some explain his reduction in power was due to the workload he handled in 2012. That may be true, but he will need to overcome the taxing nature of the position to produce with the bat. His defense just is not steady enough to keep him in the lineup when he struggles to hit.

2012

Lavarnway made his way to the major leagues for the first time in 2011, hitting .231 in 17 games for Boston. His two-homer game on the next-to-final night of the season was the highlight. Looking ahead, Lavarnway has a real shot at claiming the backup catching job. He's worked hard to improve his receiving game, though there's still room for growth, and his right-handed power bat can provide some balance to a lefty-heavy order. Red Sox catchers wore down over the course of the season and they're unlikely to re-sign Jason Varitek, who will be 40 in April. The signing of Kelly Shoppach unfortunately clouds the playing time picture for Lavarnway.

2011

Lavarnway continued to show advanced hitting skills in 2010, becoming the organization's best hitting prospect while leading the minors in home runs. All that's good. He understands the strike zone, has an approach at the plate, and hits to all fields. Defensively, he's still rather stiff behind the plate and he's not very instinctive. He's improved his throwing mechanics, but has problems with the more athletic part of the job and has never been the No. 1 catcher at any stop. This is the same story as it was last season. How far he can come defensively will dictate his major-league prospects. He'll likely land back in Double-A with a promotion to Triple-A Pawtucket.

2010

Lavarnway, 22, continued to showcase his power, leading the organization with 21 homers in 2009 at Low-A Greenville. The organization is commiting him to catcher for now, but he may be switched to first base at some point. He's relatively new to the position, and his catching skills still need work. The bat is ready for Double-A, but the defense isn't. Moving up a level, Lavarnway will be challenged by better pitching and he'll need to cut down on the strikeouts. If he can maintain his power while fine tuning the swing, 2010 will be a good year.