“I’ve always hit,” he said. “My focus this season was to take my defense to the next level. I put a lot of time and effort into that.”
Lavarnway, who had two hits and two RBIs in Tuesday night’s 7-5 win, is a career .286 hitter in the minors with an .882 OPS. His future in the organization will be more tied to whether he is a capable catcher. That Lavarnway was selected as the best defensive catcher in the International League was a good sign. So are the games he has been catching in recent weeks.
“I’m comfortable with Ryan behind the plate,” Cook said. “That’s probably the best compliment I can give him.”
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