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Ryan Lavarnway

 

Ryan Lavarnway

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Ryan Lavarnway

Nashville Sounds (AAA) affiliate of the Oakland Athletics
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Full Name Ryan Cole Lavarnway
Nicknames Elway, Varney
Date of Birth 08/07/1987
Age30
BirthplaceWoodland Hills, CA
Religion Jewish
Height 6'4
Weight 225
Bats/Throws R/R
College Yale University
Drafted Red Sox
(06/01/2008)
Draft Round6
Overall Pick202

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Career highlights (through 2014)

  • Selected in the 6th round (202nd overall) of the 2008 amateur draft by the Boston Red Sox, the same round the Mets chose Josh Satin
  • Went 0/4 with 1 strikeout in MLB debut with the Boston Red Sox, a 4-3 win over the Kansas City Royals (8/182011)
  • First 2 MLB home runs came in a single game, an 8-7 win over the Baltimore Orioles (9/27/2011)

MLB career bests, by statistic

  • AVG: .299 (2013)
  • 2B: 8 (2012)
  • 3B: (none)
  • HR: 2 (2011, 2012)
  • RBI: 14 (2013)
  • BB: 11 (2012)
  • OBP: .329 (2013)
  • SLG: .429 (2013)
  • OPS: .758 (2013)
  • SB: (none)
  • Intentional walks: (none)
  • Wins Above Replacement, via baseball-reference.com: 0.5 (2011)
  • At bats per home run: 19.5 (2011)

2013 highlights

  • One of eight Red Sox players to homer in a 20-4 win over the Detroit Tigers at Fenway Park, tying a team record for HRs in one game (9/6/2013)
  • Hit .350 after the All-Star break
  • Hit .346 with runners in scoring position
  • From goat to great: in the first inning of a 15-10 win over the Houston Astros, Lavarnway tied an MLB record by giving up 4 passed balls from knuckleballer R.A. Dickey, but he later threw out an attempted base-stealer at third base, and then drew cheers when he hit a two-run, go-ahead double in the 5th inning (8/6/2013)

2011 highlights

  • Named Minor-League Player of the Year by Jewish Baseball News (2011)
  • Hit first 2 MLB home runs in one game, an 8-7 win over the Baltimore Orioles (9/27/11)
  • In 8 games as catcher for the Boston Red Sox, made no errors and threw out the only runner to attempt a stolen base
  • Played for the Red Sox’s AA and AAA minor-league teams, where he hit a combined .290 with 32 HRs, 93 RBIs, and a .376 on-base percentage in just 116 games.

On being Jewish

  • “His mother is Jewish and he recalled celebrating Chanukah growing up at home.” (Jewish Tribune, Toronto, Canada; September 27, 2011)

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