Re: Lavarnway Is Not The Answer
posted at 8/26/2012 6:20 PM EDT
Lavarnway was pitched tough in his last AB. Those were evil curves. I would not hold that K against him. Pedey and Ross and Aviles K on those pitches too. Notice that he hit the ball the other way for a single.
He made a great throw to nail a runner at second, then took it in stride. No showing off. Everything about him indicates that he has character.
At the moment, his movements are not as fluid as Salty's, nor are his hands as quick and sure. ( Salty is terrific on balls in the dirt. ) But Lavarnway has not been catching as long as has Salty, and did not benefit from Tek's instruction. What is more, Salty did not come into his own until early this season, and then made remarkable improvement. Lavarnway is still trying to get that big body to do what he wants it to do. Catchers take time to develop physically and to learn to call a game.
The danger is that Lavarnway will put too much pressure on himself at the plate. He knows what the score is at his position. He knows that the Sox are sizing up the situation for 2013. He knows that further personnel moves are coming. He certainly must have an inkling that if he's on the roster next season, he might catch or play first or DH, or all three. His status is very unsettled, and no honest person in the organization can assure him of anything.
Not with this team clearly in flux.
Fans should be patient with this young man. He's done well at every level so far. He's probably a good learner. He could turn out to be something special. He seems to have the makings. True, there is no certainty that even the best prospects will make it big, or make it at all. The record is clear on that. But it's was too early to start saying that Lavarnway "isn't the answer" or "isn't the future," and the like.
The future, as always, will take care of itself.