BASE HIT, LAVARNWAY.... HOW YA GOING TO KEEP THIS BOY.........

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    [QUOTE]In Response to Re: BASE HIT, LAVARNWAY.... HOW YA GOING TO KEEP THIS BOY......... : Absolutely Drewski.  And, to this end, I have ammended the more nurturing thought I had on the matter at the end of last year (keep Iggy down no matter what, only serve this bread when it has fully risen because it will be deeelicious).  I now see it as:  if the kid can not strike out every other at-bat, by all means, bring him up.  
    Posted by SpacemanEephus[/QUOTE]

    Agreed.  If the Sox were in a rebuilding year, I would agree to leave him at the farm.  But all of our players are either directly in or at the end of their prime.  Therefore, our focus should be to win now.  And when you are in win now mode:

    2012 > rookie development.

    ;) 
     
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    [QUOTE]Have him DH next year.
    Posted by myaim45[/QUOTE]
    Will Ryan Lavarnway hit well enough at the MLB level to be a designated hitter?

    In some respects, Lavarnway resembles Seattle hitting prospect Vinnie Catricala, a righthanded power hitter who has torn up minor league pitching while in search of a defensive position. Both are ranked behind Jesus Montero on prospect list despite superior hitting statistics in the minors. Baseball America ranks each player ninth on his team's prospect list*. Jonathan Mayo of MLB.com and John Sickels have Lavarnway fourth and Catricala sixth, Baseball Prospectus has Lavarnway fourth and Catricala eighth (before Montero's arrival) and FanGraphs has Lavarnway eighth and Catricala tenth.

    Overall, Catricala ranks 134th and Lavarnway 139th on this "consensus" prospect list:

    http://stealofhome.wordpress.com/2012/02/27/2012-consensus-top-185-prospects/

    Here are the minor league lines for Lavarnway and Catricala:

    Lavarnway .284/.376/.521/.897, 1601 PA
    Catricala .322/.397/.536/.933, 1423 PA**

    Lavarnway, who is 14 months older than Catricala, has played only 78 games above the Double A level while Catricala has not played above the Double A level. The Mariners continue to look at Catricala at third base, where he was drafted, although Catricala's defensive struggles have prompted auditions at first base and in the outfield. 

    Lavarnway clearly has value if the Yale product can stick at catcher, but his value elsewhere is less clear. Likewise for Catricala if the Seattle prospect can't find a defensive position.

    * the Mariner prospect list is more highly regarded at the top end than the Red Sox list

    ** even without his statistics from the hitter-friendly California League, Catricala's statistics hold up well against Lavarnway's stats.
     
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    [QUOTE]In Response to Re: BASE HIT, LAVARNWAY.... HOW YA GOING TO KEEP THIS BOY......... : Agreed.  If the Sox were in a rebuilding year, I would agree to leave him at the farm.  But all of our players are either directly in or at the end of their prime.  Therefore, our focus should be to win now.  And when you are in win now mode: 2012 /> rookie development. ;) 
    Posted by Drewski5[/QUOTE]DREWSKI..... SON, TELL THE SPACEMAN THAT IGGY WILL BE THE OPENING DAY SHORTSTOP @  FENWAY  PAAAAK !!!!  YOU CAN BET ON IT ......  AVILIES WILL BE IN LEFT FIELD WITH HIS BAT.... A "WIN-WIN" FOR ALL !!!!
     
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