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Ryan Lavarnway

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Miami Marlins Miami Marlins
Ryan Lavarnway
Name: Ryan Cole Lavarnway
Born: Aug 7, 1987 in Burbank, Calif. USA
High School: Woodland Hills HS, Pittsburgh
College: Yale
Ht.: 6'4" / Wt.: 240 lbs
Bats: R / Throws: R
Drafted in the 6th round (202nd overall) by the Boston Red Sox in 2008 (signed for $325,000)
Lavarnway led Division I in batting at .467 as a sophomore (adding 14 homers), and he led the Ivy League with 13 homers as a junior despite missing the final eight games of the conference season with a broken wrist. He was an outfielder at Woodland Hills (Calif.) High before converting to catcher at Yale, and he remains raw defensively. He has arm strength and decent hands, but he struggles moving laterally and blocking balls and has a slow release. He's athletic enough and has a good enough bat to move to a corner outfield spot if necessary. An aggressive hitter with an advanced approach, Lavarnway covers the whole plate and seldom has a low-quality at-bat. He has above-average raw power and solid-average game power. His health and his remaining year of eligibility at Yale cloud his draft status, but he should be a summer follow in the Cape Cod League.
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