Ryan Lavarnway Boston Red Sox  |  Catcher-First Base

     
 

Age: 27
Born: August 7, 1987
Woodland Hills, CA
Height: 6-4
Weight: 225
Bats: Right
Throws: Right
Drafted: 6th round, 2008
How Acquired: Draft
College: Yale
High School: El Camino Real (CA)

Photo © Dave Letizi

Links
Baseball Prospectus - Ryan Lavarnway Q&A

Fire Brand Q&A (July 2008)
2009 Prospect Preview
The Ladder: 5.28.09
Fire Brand Q&A (September 2009)
2010 Prospect Preview

Q&A with Ryan Lavarnway
ESPNBoston - future catching options?
The Ladder - 4.21.10
The Book: Ryan Lavarnway

Scouting Report: High baseball IQ with solid catcher's frame. Average-to-slightly above-average contact potential and possesses above-average plate discipline. Slightly closed, crouched stance. Attacks mistake pitches, especially ones out and over the plate. Upper cut swing that produces a bit too much topspin at times. Solid-average-to-better power projection. Can drive the ball to all fields and uses lower body well in his swing. Likes to get arms extended, which leads to some struggles on the inside third.  Needs work pulling hands in against inside fastballs at big league level.  Tends to get eaten up by two-seamers from right-handed pitchers.  Will be prone to striking out. Well below-average speed. Rough overall catching skills. Limited range behind the dish and slow reactions. Tends to stab at offerings, and his catching hand drifts when framing pitches. Average blocking skills, he needs to improve how he controls balls bouncing out in front of him and the fluidity of his footwork. Has made ample strides with his catch-and-release mechanics since joining the organization. Hard worker dedicated to honing craft. Despite improvements, catching skills are still limited. Began playing first base in 2014 and has been seeing the majority of his playing time at that position.

Links (cont.)

2011 Prospect Preview
The Ladder - 6.22.11
2012 Prospect Preview
Lavarnway working hard to perfect defense (5.3.12)
PawSox Notebook: Webster labors in Opener against selective... (4.4.14)

 
   
  Hitting Stats                                          
  year team lg level org age g ab r h 2b 3b hr rbi tb bb so sb cs avg obp slg ops
  2006 Yale NCAA Coll --- 18 43 135 22 38 9 0 6 25 65 6 21 0 1 0.281 0.342 0.481 0.823
  2007 Yale NCAA Coll --- 19 43 150 33 70 17 1 14 55 131 18 25 4 4 0.467 0.531 0.873 1.404
  2008 Yale NCAA Coll --- 20 34 108 28 43 7 0 13 42 89 29 19 4 2 0.398 0.541 0.824 1.365
  2008 Lowell NYPL A Bos 20 22 71 10 15 5 0 2 9 26 8 18 0 0 0.211 0.317 0.366 0.683
  2009 Greenville SAL A Bos 21 106 404 60 115 36 2 21 87 218 50 113 1 2 0.285 0.367 0.540 0.907
  2010 Salem Car A Bos 22 82 304 66 88 18 0 14 63 148 44 62 1 0 0.289 0.392 0.487 0.879
  2010 Portland East AA Bos 22 44 158 25 45 9 0 8 39 78 26 42 0 0 0.285 0.395 0.494 0.888
  2010 Peoria AFL Fall Bos 22 21 82 15 22 3 0 3 12 34 16 16 0 0 0.268 0.380 0.415 0.795
2011 Portland East AA Bos 23 55 208 35 59 5 0 14 38 106 25 47 0 0 0.284 0.360 0.510 0.869
2011 Pawtucket IL AAA Bos 23 61 227 40 67 18 0 18 55 139 32 60 1 1 0.295 0.390 0.612 1.002
  2011 Boston AL MLB Bos 23 17 39 5 9 2 0 2 8 17 4 10 0 0 0.231 0.302 0.436 0.738
  2012 Margarita VWL Wint Bos 23 5 14 0 5 1 0 0 0 6 5 5 0 0 0.357 0.550 0.429 0.979
  2012 Pawtucket IL AAA Bos 24 83 319 52 94 22 0 8 43 140 40 62 1 0 0.295 0.376 0.439 0.815
  2012 Boston AL MLB Bos 24 46 153 11 24 8 0 2 12 38 11 41 0 0 0.157 0.211 0.248 0.459
  2013 Pawtucket IL AAA Bos 25 50 180 23 45 9 0 3 24 63 25 25 0 0 0.250 0.346 0.350 0.696
  2013 Boston AL MLB Bos 25 25 77 8 23 7 0 1 14 33 2 17 0 0 0.299 0.329 0.429 0.758
  2014 GCL Red Sox GCL Rk Bos 26 2 5 2 1 0 0 2 3 1 1 0 0 0.500 0.600 1.100 1.700
  2014 Portland East AA Bos 26 3 11 2 3 0 0 1 2 6 1 1 0 0 0.273 0.333 0.545 0.879
  2014 Pawtucket IL AAA Bos 26 62 219 22 62 10 0 3 20 81 33 45 0 0 0.283 0.389 0.370 0.759
  2014 Boston AL MLB Bos 26 9 10 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 0.000 0.000 0.000 0.000
   
  Additional Player Info  
  Pronunciation: ---
First Pro Contract:
June 27, 2008 by Ray Fagnant
Signing Bonus: $325,000
MiLB Debut: August 6, 2008 (Lowell)
MLFA Eligible: N/A
Rule 5 Draft Eligible: N/A
Added to 40-man: August 18, 2011
MLB Debut:
August 18, 2011
MLB Service Time (through 2014):
1 year, 131 days
Options Remaining
: 0 (2012, 2013, 2014)
Contract (2014):  $510,000
Trade Restrictions
: -
     
  Awards
2007 Third Team All-American (Baseball America)
2007 Second Team All-American (PingBaseball.com)
Carolina League Player of the Week (April 12-18, 2010)
Carolina League All-Star (2010)
Eastern League Player of the Week (August 23-29, 2010)
Red Sox ML Offensive Player of the Month (April 2010)
2010 Carolina League Post-Season All-Star
2010 Red Sox ML Offensive Player of the Year
Red Sox ML Offensive Player of the Month (July 2011)
International League
Player of the Week (July 18-24, 2011)
2011 Red Sox ML Offensive Player of the Year
Red Sox ML Offensive Player of the Month (June 2012)
International League All-Star (2012)
2012 International League Post-Season All-Star

SoxProspects.com Awards
SoxProspects.com Player of the Week (May 18-24, 2009)
SoxProspects.com Player of the Week (July 13-19, 2009)
2009 SoxProspects.com Offensive Player of the Year
2009 MLB.com Red Sox Organization Player of the Year
SoxProspects.com Player of the Week (April 12-18, 2010)
SoxProspects.com Player of the Month (April 2010)
SoxProspects.com Player of the Month (June 2010)
SoxProspects.com Player of the Week (August 23-29, 2010)
2010 SoxProspects.com All-Star - C
2010 SoxProspects.com Offensive Player of the Year
2011 SoxProspects.com Pre-Season All-Star - C
SoxProspects.com Player of the Week (May 23-29, 2011)
SoxProspects.com Player of the Week (June 13-19, 2011)
SoxProspects.com Player of the Week (July 18-24, 2011)
2011 SoxProspects.com All-Star - C
2011 SoxProspects.com Offensive Player of the Year
2012 SoxProspects.com Pre-Season All-Star
SoxProspects.com Player of the Week (June 18-24, 2012)
SoxProspects.com Player of the Month (June 2012)
2012 SoxProspects.com All-Star - C
2013 SoxProspects.com Pre-Season All-Star

 

  

 
 

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