posted at 12/10/2013 12:08 PM EST
In response to RedsoxProspects' comment:
The guy may never have played 1st base in his life and he's not lighting things up with the bat now and some of you want to make him a 1st baseman? He was an outfielder in college and obviously is too slow for that. He's a catcher/DH or NOTHING.
That said, he did hit .299 in the mlb level last year, against a series of excellent pitchers by the way, including quite a few right handers. He wasn't that bad at throwing out runners and he has an IQ of above 150 probably as a Yale guy so he should be an excellent pitch caller. His only real problem is blocking balls in the dirt. ?Other than that he can catch at the mlb level, and tons of guys had problems with that when they first came up, for example TEK and Victor Martinez.
The guy has gotten a bad deal. If it takes trading him to get a shot somewhere I hope it helps him get a chance somewhere but I find it hard to believe that the Redsox don't want him as their shuttle catcher depth in AAA ball. Butler is more likely to be traded in my opinion. We are a world series champion. We would want a guy with some mlb experience as AAA depth. I really think Lavarnway will eventually become a solid starting catcher for some team, for 5 plus years.
School smarts and baseball smarts/instincs are totally different.
Seriously, I laugh when I hear this reasoning. Im not saying hes not a smart baseball player, but to just say since he went to Yale, he will be a good game caller is ridiculous.
Im against giving him a shot this year because his offense has taken a hit the last 2 years, he cant block balls in the dirt, and its been suggested the Sox pitchers dont like pitching to him.
I like Lav, but there is nothing wrong with handing him a 1b mit and see how he does. He doesnt have to be very athletic to play there and what harm will it do to see how he does there? The workload of a MLB catcher takes away from the offense for most catcher, especially guys like Lavarnway, who isnt that good defensively to begin with... I think if hes not catching that offense will come back. And if he can have passable defense at 1b along with the offense, you can justify him playing there. The only reason the Sox would allow him to catch was because of the offense. That is/was his calling card, so to speak. Hes never going to be a great defender at any position, but if he can have a 300BA 360OBP and 500slg with 25HR like he has a couple years ago, he has value.