Ive never thought that he was the man to take over long term behind the plate. Multiple scouts opinions back up what I believe.
Now, I know people will say he was tired at the end of the year or whatever. While I can agree that he was, Im not buying it as the main reason for his struggles. he was never a catcher until his second year in college, so its not his natural position.
Now Im not so sure Salty is a long term option either, so Im not going there.
The point of this thread is to voice my opinion that I think lavarnways best asset, his bat, should be utilized instead of minimized spending all his time and energy behind the plate where he doesnt look comfortable anyway. It almost looks forced. Hes not smooth and is very slow with his reactions and is a liability.
My solution? I say give the big 6'4 230LB kid a 1b mit and send him to Pawtucket for a few months. I know he can scoop a ball out of the dirt and was a position player long before he was a catcher. Just get him adjusted to the job of a 1bman, the footwork etc., and let him rake at the plate. Hes got 30Hr potential along with a high OBP and SLG. Why waste that bat taking all his time trying to learn a position hes been struggling at for a few years now?
There a reason most catchers are not that good offensively. Its because of all the time spent doing everything needed to become a solid game-caller and the amount of energy squatting and standing for 100+ games a year...Id rather have a guy who is great defensively and Ok offensively if I had to choose one or the other. Lav is not good defensively and I dont think he will ever be good enough defensively to be an adequate ft starter.
We have nobody in the system that can be considered a sure thing since Rizzo was dealt for Gonzo. I know some of you will disagree with me, and thats fine. I stand by what i believe.
I await your responses. Try and keep it respectful even if you dont agree...