Ryan Lavarnway
Ryan Lavarnway
32-Year-Old CatcherC
Cleveland Indians
2019 Fantasy Outlook
There was no outlook written for Ryan Lavarnway in 2019. Check out the latest news below for more on his current fantasy value.
$Signed a contract with the Indians in August of 2019.
Inks deal with Indians
CCleveland Indians  AAA
August 30, 2019
Lavarnaway signed a contract with the Indians on Friday.
Lavarnaway was released by the Reds on Thursday, but it didn't take long for him to find a new team. The 32-year-old has a .216/.330/.365 slash line over 48 games in Triple-A, and he'll begin at that level with his new organization.
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Batting Order Slot Breakdown
vs Right-Handed Pitchers
vs RHP
vs Left-Handed Pitchers
vs LHP
Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2017
Since 2017vs Left .445 14 0 0 2 0 .154 .214 .231
Since 2017vs Right 1.364 24 5 2 8 0 .455 .500 .864
2019vs Left .000 3 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
2019vs Right 1.242 16 4 2 7 0 .333 .375 .867
2018vs Left .000 1 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
2018vs Right 1.800 5 1 0 1 0 .800 .800 1.000
2017vs Left .633 10 0 0 2 0 .222 .300 .333
2017vs Right 1.167 3 0 0 0 0 .500 .667 .500
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2017
OPS at Home
OPS at Home
OPS on Road
OPS at Home
Since 2017Home 1.159 22 3 2 9 0 .350 .409 .750
Since 2017Away .842 16 2 0 1 0 .333 .375 .467
2019Home 1.242 12 3 2 6 0 .273 .333 .909
2019Away .714 7 1 0 1 0 .286 .286 .429
2018Home 1.333 3 0 0 1 0 .667 .667 .667
2018Away 1.667 3 1 0 0 0 .667 .667 1.000
2017Home .929 7 0 0 2 0 .333 .429 .500
2017Away .533 6 0 0 0 0 .200 .333 .200
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Stat Review
How does Ryan Lavarnway compare to other hitters?
This section compares his stats with all batting seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 400 plate appearances)*. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that stat and it would be considered average.

* Exit Velocity and Barrels/PA % are benchmarked against 2019 data (min 400 PA) and Hard Hit Rate is benchmarked against last season's data (min 400 PA). See here for more exit velocity/barrels stats plus an explanation of current limitations with that data set.
  • BB/K
    Walk to strikeout ratio
  • BB Rate
    The percentage of plate appearances resulting in a walk.
  • K Rate
    The percentage of plate appearances resulting in a strikeout.
    Batting average on balls in play. Measures how many of a batter’s balls in play go for hits.
  • ISO
    Isolated Power. Slugging percentage minus batting average. A computation used to measure a batter's raw power.
  • AVG
    Batting average. Hits divided by at bats.
  • OBP
    On Base Percentage. A measure of how often a batters reaches base. Roughly equal to number of times on base divided by plate appearances.
  • SLG
    Slugging Percentage. A measure of the batting productivity of a hitter. It is calculated as total bases divided by at bats.
  • OPS
    On base plus slugging. THe sum of a batter's on-base percentage and slugging percentage.
  • wOBA
    Weighted on-base average. Measures a player's overall offensive contributions per plate appearance. wOBA combines all the different aspects of hitting into one metric, weighting each of them in proportion to their actual run value.
  • Exit Velocity
    The speed of the baseball as it comes off the bat, immediately after a batter makes contact.
  • Hard Hit Rate
    A measure of contact quality from Sports Info Solutions. This stat explains what percentage of batted balls were hit hard vs. medium or soft.
  • Barrels/PA
    The percentage of plate appearances where a batter had a batted ball classified as a Barrel. A Barrel is a batted ball with similar exit velocity and launch angle to past ones that led to a minimum .500 batting average and 1.500 slugging percentage.
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Exit Velocity
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
Time is running out for Lavarnway. A few years ago, his power bat in the minors had him bubbling up to the majors, but his limited catching skills slowed his progress. The Red Sox couldn't trust him behind the plate full time, and at the same time, he couldn't deliver the same power in the majors that he showcased in the minors. Since clubbing 32 homers in 2011, he's hit a total of 15 over the last three minor league seasons. At Triple-A Pawtucket, younger catchers have caught up and passed him. Now, without the power bat, and being limited defensively to first base, Lavarnway doesn't have a clear path to the majors, even after coming over to Baltimore on a waiver claim in December.
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 he's going to be the catcher of the future. Lavarnway struggled to establish a rapport with Boston's starters and now faces an uncertain big-league future. After letting Jarrod Saltalamacchia walk this offseason, the Red Sox added A.J. Pierzynski, who along with David Ross, will bide time until Christian Vazquez is ready to catch in the big leagues. Lavarnway still has the big-bat potential, habitually on display in the minors, but he rarely showed that in Boston. He could be had in a trade if Boston is looking to add a fringe piece for the roster.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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Released by Reds
CFree Agent  AAA
August 29, 2019
Lavarnway was released by the Reds on Thursday, C. Trent Rosecrans of The Athletic reports.
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Clears waivers
CCincinnati Reds  AAA
July 30, 2019
Lavarnway cleared waivers and was outrighted to Triple-A Louisville on Tuesday.
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Gets DFA'd
CCincinnati Reds  AAA
July 28, 2019
The Reds designated Lavarnway for assignment Sunday, Bobby Nightengale of The Cincinnati Enquirer reports.
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Not starting Friday
CCincinnati Reds  AAA
July 26, 2019
Lavarnway is out of the lineup for Friday's game against the Rockies.
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Huge debut for Cincinnati
CCincinnati Reds  AAA
July 19, 2019
Lavarnway went 3-for-4 with a walk, a double, two home runs, three runs scored and six RBI in Friday's 12-11 loss to the Cardinals.
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