Ryan Lavarnway's continued development made it easier for the Red Sox to part ways with Kelly Shoppach a few weeks ago. The young catcher is now ready to prove the team made the right move by giving him more of an opportunity.
Lavarnway's offense hasn't quite been where he'd like it to be since getting a major league call-up this season, but the 25-year-old knows that the talent is there and that his numbers will also be in due time. Lavarnway is pleased with the improvements he's made defensively, though, as he was even recognized as the International League's best defensive catcher while with Triple-A Pawtucket.
The newfound defensive prowess is somewhat of a surprise to those who've followed Lavarnway's progression since he was drafted in the sixth round in 2008. He's always been known more for his bat, and defense was always viewed as secondary. That's hardly the case anymore, and Lavarnway admits he'd love to continue developing to the point where he could contend for a Gold Glove.
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