This guy is putting together a phenomenal season, and as a Red Sox fan, I'm pretty excited about him. As we all know, good catching, defensively and offensively, is very hard to find. Which leads me to wonder how Lavarnway projects as a major leaguer. I'm wondering if anyone has any current scouting reports, insights, or comments about him? I have John's and BA's preseason scouting reports readily available but looking for something new in light of the progress he's made this year. How's the defense? How's his approach at the plate? Will it carry over to major league success?
This from BA today in their Prospects Blog:
No International League catcher has been as hot as Pawtucket's Ryan Lavarnway since he joined the Triple-A circuit on June 13. That's really saying something for a league that includes high-end prospects such as Scranton/Wilkes-Barre's Jesus Montero and Louisville's Devin Mesoraco.
The 23-year-old Lavarnway mashed his 10th Triple-A home run yesterday (in just his 31st game) as part of a 3-for-3 showing that also included a double (11th), a walk and three RBIs. He served as DH in the game (won by Pawtucket against Lehigh Valley 4-1) as Luis Exposito, another Red Sox catching prospect, started behind the plate.
Over the course of the past 10 days, Lavarnway has gone 15-for-27 (.556) with five homers and four doubles. His 1.859 OPS tops any other player in the full-season minors in that time. But Lavarnway's excellence at the plate goes beyond just the past few weeks. He earned a promotion from Double-A Portland by hitting .284/.360/.510 in 55 games for the Sea Dogs, for whom he hit 14 home runs. So with 24 combined homers, Lavarnway can reach 30 if he stays hot down the stretch.