Ryan Cole Lavarnway...Wife's name is Jamie...Is a 2005 graduate of El Camino (CA) Real High School...Was a semifinalist for the Johnny Bench Award and Golden Spikes Award as a junior at Yale in 2008 (was a Philosophy major)...Was named Second-Team All-Ivy and First-Team All-New England in 2008 after leading the Ivy League in home runs (13), RBI (42), walks (29), slugging (.824) and OBP (.541) while pacing the Bulldogs with a .398 batting average...Became the Ivy League's all-time leader with 33 home runs (record since surpassed)...Hit for an NCAA-best .467 and posted an .873 slugging percentage during his sophomore season.
Was a non-roster invitee with Oakland during spring training...Played for Israel in the World Baseball Classic and hit .444 with a homer and six RBI in six games...Homered against Chinese Taipei on 3/6 in Seoul, Korea...Spent majority of season with Nashville (Athletics' AAA), where he made 61 appearances (60 starts) behind the plate and one appearance at first base...Also made three appearances on the mound (2.1ip/2er)...Hit .316 (25-for-79) in 23 games during the month of June...Was selected by Oakland on 7/5 and made one start at catcher on 7/7 at Seattle before being designated for assignment on 7/8...Returned to Nashville on 7/11...Recorded his first professional sacrifice bunt on 7/19 at Iowa...Was selected by Oakland on 7/27...Went 1-for-3 with a double and two RBI in his start behind the plate on 7/28 vs. Minnesota - his first big league RBI since 8/23/15 while playing with Atlanta...Hit safely in his last two games with the Athletics on 8/1-2...Made a total of four starts in his two stints with Oakland...Was designated for assignment on 8/5...Returned to Nashville on 8/9 and finished the season at the Triple-A level.
Began the season in the Atlanta Braves organization and hit .276 with 10 RBI in 25 games with TripleA Gwinnett before he was released on May 13…signed a minor league contract with Toronto May 27 and was assigned to Double-A New Hampshire where he batted .262 with six home runs and 38 RBI in 66 games…combined for a .265 average, six home runs and 48 RBI in 91 games overall…the games played were his most since 2012…hit .300 (24-for-80) against left-handed pitching compared to .255 (64-for-251) against right-handers…belted four of his six home runs off lefties and slugged .500 against south paws compared to .347 against righties…had a .946 OPS against lefties, .664 against righties… batted .298 with runners in scoring position…combined to hit .315 in his home ballparks, .215 on the road…played exclusively at catcher on defense, appearing in 81 games (80 starts)…tossed out 23-of-72 (31.9%) attempted base stealers…committed four errors for a .994 fielding percentage…also batted .194 in 10 games as the designated hitter…hit in every spot in the order from third through seventh and saw his most action with 33 games batting clean-up…began the season at Gwinnett and hit .325 over his first 10 games through April 19…then went 7-for-35 (.200) over his next nine contests from April 22 to May 1…hit safely in each of his final six games with the Braves and each of his first four with the Fisher Cats for a season-high 10-game hitting streak overall…went 12-for-36 (.333) with eight walks during the streak which ran from May 2 to 31…reached base safely in 25 consecutive home games from May 27 to Aug. 6, which tied for the second longest such streak in the Eastern League…hit .367 with a .467 on-base percentage during the streak…went 3-for-3 with a double, home run, walk and three RBI June 7 against Richmond…it was his first of three three-hit games (June 15 at Altoona and Aug. 6 against Erie) and his first of two three-RBI games…his second three RBI game came on June 20 at Erie when he also connected for his lone two-homer game of the season…had an eight-game hitting streak from June 20 to July 1 (11-for-29, .379), which boosted his Double-A batting average to .310…then went 4-for-26 (.154) over his next nine games…had a 15-game home hitting streak from June 24 to Aug. 3 (18-for-55, .327), which tied for third longest in the EL…was batting .298 with New Hampshire through Aug. 10 but then went 10-for-62 (.161) over his final 17 games…his home run on Aug. 22 at Portland was the 100th of his minor league career…played for Israel in the World Baseball Classic qualifier following the season and went 5-for-12 (.417) with a home run and three RBI in three games to help Team Israel sweep the Brooklyn qualifier…is scheduled to play for Israel in the 2017 WBC.
Split time between the Red Sox and Triple-A Pawtucket...Was his fourth consecutive season with ML action (since 2011)...Appeared in nine games over two big league stints...Missed over two months of the season on the ML disabled list...Went hitless in 10 AB for BOS...Appeared exclusively at 1B, his first ML experience at the position...Began the season with Triple-A Pawtucket before being recalled on May 26...Made season debut that day at Atlanta, pinch-hitting and going 0-for-1...Appeared in four straight games from May 26-29 before being placed on the 15-day DL on May 30 with a left hamate fracture...Transferred to 60-day DL on June 4...Played in 13 games over two rehab assignments between the GCL Red Sox, Double-A Portland, and Pawtucket...Activated from the DL and optioned to Pawtucket on August 14...Played in 19 games for the PawSox from August 14-September 16, including nine postseason contests, before recall on September 17...Appeared in four of the Red Sox' final five games of the season from September 24-28 (0-for-5)...Played in 62 regular-season games for the PawSox, including rehab, and split time between 1B (31 G) and C (15 G)...Hit .342 (25-for-73) over a 19-game stretch from April 12-May 4, the seventh-best AVG in the International League in that time...Over his last 26 Triple-A games overall, including rehab, regular season, and postseason, hit .316 (30-for-95) with two home runs and 15 RBI...Ranked among IL postseason leaders in AVG (sixth, .324), RBI (second, 6), hits (second, 11), OBP (fifth, .395), and runs scored (T-first, 5) over eight games...Hit .289 (11-for-38) overall in nine postseason games, including the Triple-A National Championship Game...Named the Governors' Cup Most Valuable Player...Helped Pawtucket earn the Governors' Cup title, going 10-for-22 (.455) with two doubles, a home run, and three RBI in a five-game series against Durham.
Hit .299 (23-for-77) in 25 games over 4 stints with the Red Sox, his 3rd consecutive campaign appearing in the majors. Appeared in 22 games behind the plate and made 18 starts, all at catcher...Threw out 5 of 30 attempted base stealers (16.7%). Hit safely in 15 of his 18 starts and reached base safely in all but 2...Overall hit .294 (20-for-68) as a starter and went 3-for-9 (.333) as a sub, including 1-for-5 as a PH (.200). Batted .319 (15-for-47) against right-handed pitching compared to .267 (8-for-30) against lefties. Recalled for 1st ML stint of the year on 4/25...Optioned following the 4/27 tilt without appearing in a game. Played 3 games (2 starts) with the Sox in his 2nd stint from 5/12-23...Played 16 times (13 starts) in 3rd stretch with the club from 6/18- 8/18. After going 0-for-3 in 1st start on 5/14, hit safely in 7 straight starts from 5/15-7/11 (.308, 8-for-26). On 8/6 at HOU, hit a 2-run double in the 5th inning to put the Sox ahead for good in a 15-10 win. Hit safely in a career-high 9 straight ML games from 7/29-9/22...Batted .412 (14-for-34) with 3 doubles, a homer, 10 RBI, and 6 runs during the streak. Beginning with 9/1 recall for 4th ML stint of the season, went 6-for-17 (.353) with 6 RBI in 6 games. Hit 1st ML homer of the year 9/4 vs. DET, his 5th career HR and 1st at Fenway Park. Spent majority of 2013 with Triple-A Pawtucket, hitting .250 (45-for-180) with 9 doubles, 3 HR, and 24 RBI. Hit safely in 21 of 28 Triple-A games between April and May, batting a combined .301 (31-for-103) with 8 doubles, all 3 homers, and 18 RBI in those months. 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).
Began the year at Triple-A Pawtucket before recall to BOS on 8/1...Appeared in 46 tiltswith the Red Sox over the remainder of the season...Led the team with 27 games caughtand 24 starts at catcher beginning 8/12.Made 28 appearances behind the plate with the Sox overall, including 25 starts...Also started 16 times atDH...Started 25 of the Sox last 29 tilts (15 C, 10 DH) and had 35 starts in the club's last 42 games beginning8/18...With BOS, caught 3 of 31 attempted base stealers (9.7%).Caught Craig Breslow on 8/18 at NYY to become the 2nd-ever battery of Yale products in a ML game, with the1st being PHI Athletics P Al Hubbard and C Jack Jones on 9/15/1883...They were the 1st pair of former Bulldogsto play in at least 1 game for the same ML team in a season since Frank Quinn and Sam Mele, who both playedfor the Red Sox in 1949.Posted a career-long 5-game hit streak at a .316 clip (6-for-19) from 8/24-29, during a career-long 7-gameon-base streak from 8/24-9/1.Hit a go-ahead solo home run in 6th inning on 9/4 at SEA, driving in the game-winning run...Was his 1st MLhome run since a 2-homer game on 9/27/11 at BAL.Knocked a 3-run homer and matched a career high with 4 RBI on 9/14 at TOR (2nd time, also 9/27/11 at BAL).Played in 83 games for Triple-A Pawtucket to begin the year, including 80 tilts behind the plate...Led theInternational League in games caught at the time of his recall.Was the starting catcher on the International League All-Star Team and named a post-season IL All-Star.Entered the season as the No. 9 prospect in the Red Sox system according to Baseball America.
Hit 32 home runs between Double-A Portland and Triple-A Pawtucket before playing17 games with Boston in his 1st career Major League 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 MinorLeague 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 also rated by thepublication as the best power prospect in the International League in 2011...Was behind the plate in 8 games with the Red Sox, including 2 starts, and caught his only attempted basestealer...Also made 7 starts at designated hitter...Was 0-for-2 as a pinch-hitter...Became 6th former Yale student to play for Boston, 1st since Craig Breslow in 2006, and Yale's 1st positionplayer to appear in an ML game since Dick Tettelbach from 1955-57...Selected to the Sox active roster on 8/18 and made Major League debut that night at KC with a start at DH...Singled and scored in the 5th inning on 8/19 at KC for 1st ML hit and run...Collected 1st RBI with a single inthe 6th on 8/20 at KC...Hit safely in 4 of 7 tilts for a .304 clip (7-for-23) with 2 doubles, 3 RBI, 3 runs and 4 walks over his 1st stintwith the Big League club before he was optioned back to Triple-A Pawtucket on 8/25...Recalled again on 9/5 forthe remainder of the season...Made 1st ML start at catcher on 9/27 at BAL and went 2-for-4 with 2 homers and 4 RBI, his 1st career homeruns...Became only the 3rd player in Major League history to hit multiple homers in his 1st game started behindthe plate, joining Philadelphia's Bobby Pfeil (7/27/71) and Toronto's J.P. Arencibia (8/7/10)...Is the only backstopin this group to also throw out a runner, nabbing Adam Jones in the 2nd...At 24 years/51 days old, was theyoungest Sox with a multi-homer game since Nomar Garciaparra hit 2 at the same age on 9/12/97 at MIL...Wasthe 1st Red Sox with a multi-homer game within his 1st16 Major League tilts since John Marzano on 8/16/87vs. TEX, his 13th ML contest...Combined to hit .290 (126-for-435) with 23 doubles,32 homers, 93 RBI, 75 runs and 57 walks in 116 gamesAfter joining the PawSox on 6/13, led the International League in home runs (18) and SLG (.612) while pacingPawtucket with a .295 clip (67-for-227), 18 doubles (tied) and 55 RBI in 61 games...Homered 8 times in 10 contests from 7/10-22...Topped the minor leagues with a 1.256 SLG and 1.825 OPSin that stretch...Named International League Player of the Week from 7/18-24, over which he hit .409 (9-for-22) with 3doubles, 4 home runs and 11 RBI in 6 games...Following the season, played in 5 games with Bravos de Margarita of the Venezuelan Winter League, batting.357 (5-for-14) with a double and 5 walks...Entered 2011 as Boston's No. 1 catching prospect according to Baseball America...Attended 1st Major LeagueSpring Training as a non-roster invitee...in the minor leagues...Threw out 36.7 percent (29 of79) of attempted base stealers in the minors...Placed 3rd among Sox minor leaguers in RBI and ranked6th among Boston's full-season farmhands in AVG.
Played with High-A Salem and Double-A Portland, earning Co-Red Sox Minor League Offensive Player of the Year honors...Combined to establish career highs with a .288 average (133-for-462), 22 home runs and 102 RBI...Led the Red Sox farm system and ranked 11th among all minor leaguers in RBI...Paced qualifying Red Sox hitters with a .487 slugging percentage...Also finished among organizational leaders in homers (2nd, 22), walks (3rd, 70) and batting average (5th, .288)...Combined to throw out 20 of 60 (33.3%) attempted base stealers in 53 games caught between the 2 stops...Was named the CL's Player of the Week for 4/12-18 after hitting .462 (18-for-39) with 3 homers and 15 RBI during that span...Was Boston's Minor League Offensive Player of the Month for April after hitting .355 (27-for-76) with 6 homers and a Carolina League-best 23 RBI in the month...Named to both the Carolina League's mid- and post-season All-Star teams...Went 1-for-2 as the circuit's starting catcher in the exhibition against the California League, 6/22 in Myrtle Beach...Was leading the CL in RBI (63) and home runs (tied, 14) at the time of his transfer to the Sea Dogs on 7/15... Despite the promotion, was Salem's overall leader in homers...Hit 8 homers in 44 games with the Sea Dogs, including 6 long balls during an 11-game stretch from 8/19-31...Selected as Eastern League Player of the Week for 8/23-29...Led all Double-A players with 7 extra-base hits and 4 home runs (tied) while batting .421 (8-for-19) with 7 runs scored in that period...Also played 21 games for Peoria of the Arizona Fall League, hitting .268 (22-for-82) with 3 home runs and 12 RBI...Following the season, was rated as the No. 17 prospect in the Carolina League by Baseball America.
Spent 1st full season with Single-A Greenville and led Red Sox farmhands with 21 home runs and a .540 slugging percentage...Ranked 3rd in the South Atlantic League in homers...Tied for 2nd in both the SAL and among Red Sox minor leaguers with 87 RBI...Led the Drive and while ranking among circuit leaders in extra-base hits (1st, 59), doubles (3rd, 36), slugging percentage (4th), HR/AB ratio (4th, 19.24) and total bases (5th, 218)...Also topped Drive qualifiers with a .285 average (115-for-404) and paced the team in at-bats (404), runs (60), hits (115) and walks (50)...Tallied a season-high, 14-game hitting streak from 5/6-6/4, hitting .346 (18-for-52) with 4 homers in that time...Drove in 65 runs over his last 63 games beginning 6/20...Made 66 appearances behind the plate and 40 as designated hitter...Threw out 28.4 percent (33 of 116) of potential base stealers...Hit .304 (7-for-23) with 1 homer in 6 playoff games.
Spent his 1st pro season with Short-A Lowell...Reached base safely via hit, walk or HBP in 18 of his 21 starts...Caught 27.3 percent (3 of 11) of attempted base stealers in 10 games as catcher...Went 1-for-9 (.111) in 3 playoff games.