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Ryan Lavarnway

Ryan Lavarnway C

Norfolk Tides

  • Status: Reserve List (Minors)
  • Full Name: Ryan Cole Lavarnway
  • Age: 27 (August 7, 1987)
  • Birthplace: Burbank, CA
  • Bats/Throws: R/R Ht: 6' 4" Wt: 240
  • Draft: Round 6 (2008, BOS)
  • MLB Debut: 08/18/2011
  • School: Yale
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Ryan Lavarnway Stats Summary

Ryan Lavarnway Career Stats

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Ryan Lavarnway Awards and Honors

Ryan Lavarnway  C

  • Full Name: Ryan Cole Lavarnway
  • Born: August 7, 1987
  • Age: 27
  • Birthplace: Burbank, CA
  • Bats: R
  • Throws: R
  • Height: 6' 4"
  • Weight: 240
  • Draft: Round 6 (2008, BOS)
  • School: Yale
  • MLB Debut: 08/18/2011

2014: Spent majority of the season with Pawtucket, hitting .283 with three home runs and 20 RBI...Made first 44 appearances of the season with the Pawsox before joining Boston on May 26...Suffered broken hamate bone in his left wrist on May 29 and was sidelined until mid-July...Made five rehab appearances before rejoining Pawtucket on July 25...Hit .333 (19-57) over final 18 games of season with Pawtucket before joining Red Sox in September...Appeared in five games with Boston in September, going 0-for-6. 
2013: Hit .299 in 25 games over four stints with the Red Sox, his 3rd consecutive campaign in the majors... Appeared in 22 games behind the plate with the Red Sox...Spent majority of season with Pawtucket, hitting .250 with nine doubles, three home runs and 24 RBI...Threw out 18 of 45 attempted base stealers (40.0%) at Triple-A, the 4th-best rate among International League catchers (min. 30 SB attempts).
2012: Began the year at Triple-A Pawtucket before recall to Boston on 8/1...Appeared in 46 games with the Red Sox over the remainder of the season...Caught Craig Breslow on 8/18 at NYY to become the 2nd-ever battery of Yale products in a ML game, with the 1st being PHA P Al Hubbard and C Jack Jones on 9/15/1883...Was the starting catcher in the IL All-Star Game and also named a post-season IL All-Star.
2011: Hit 32 home runs between Double-A Portland and Triple-A Pawtucket before playing 17 games with Boston in his first career ML action...Tied for 4th among all minor leaguers in homers, the most by a Red Sox farmhand since 2004 (Earl Snyder, 36)...Tabbed Red Sox Offensive Co-Player of the Year for the 2nd straight season...Also named Red Sox Minor League Player of the Year by both the Boston Chapter of the BBWAA and Baseball America...Selected as the catcher on Baseball America's annual Minor League All-Star Team...Was rated by the same publication as the best power prospect in the International League... Singled on 8/19 at KC for 1st ML hit (off Jeff Francis)...Made first ML start at catcher on 9/27 at BAL and went 2-for-4 with 2 homers, his first career home runs (first came off Zach Britton)...Became the 3rd player in ML history with multiple homers in his first game started behind the plate, along with PHI's Bobby Pfeil on 7/27/71 and TOR's J.P. Arencibia on 8/7/10; SD's Yasmani Grandal did it the next season on 6/30/12.
2010: Played with High-A Salem and Double-A Portland, earning Red Sox Minor League Offensive Co-Player of the Year honors...Combined to hit .288 with 22 home runs and 102 RBI...Led Red Sox system and ranked 11th among all minor leaguers in RBI...Ranked among Sox farmhands in homers (2nd, 22), walks (3rd, 70) and average (5th, .288)...Named to Carolina League's mid- and post-season All-Star teams... Following the season, was rated as the No. 17 prospect in the Carolina League by Baseball America.
2009: Led Red Sox farmhands with 21 home runs and a .540 SLG with Greenville.
PERSONAL: Ryan Cole Lavarnway was claimed off of waivers by Baltimore from the Chicago Cubs on 12/23/14…Was outrighted to Norfolk on 1/16/15...Originally selected by Boston in the 6th round of the 2008 draft out of Yale University…Was named Second-Team All-Ivy and First-Team All-New England in 2008 after leading the Ivy League in homers (13) and RBI (42) while pacing the Bulldogs with a .398 AVG...Became the Ivy League's all-time leader with 33 career homers (since surpassed)...Hit for an NCAA-best .467 (70-for-150) with an .873 SLG during his sophomore season...Was a philosophy major...Graduated from El Camino Real (CA) High School, the same high school that has produced former Tides Randy Wolf, Conor Jackson and Kurt Birkins.