Ryan Lavarnway Boasts Strong Offensive Presence in Red Sox Minor League System Red Sox Minor League Co-Offensive Player of the Year, Ryan Lavernway, definitely has an offensive edge in his personal game, but that's only because he started catching as a sophomore at Yale University.

That's not to say he isn't capable of catching — on the contrary considering the Red Sox drafted the Ivy Leaguer in 2008 — but he definitely has a better offensive game under his belt playing for the Portland Sea Dogs. Lavarnway finished the 2010 season with a combined .288 batting average, driving in 102 RBIs with 22 home runs.

"He can hit the ball out of the ballpark in any part of the field," Sea Dogs manager Arnie Beyeler told NESN's Kathryn Tappen. "And he's a solid hitter on top of that."

Lavarnway credits his formidable plate presence to the team philosophy, which urges players to be selectively aggressive at bat.

"I think for a while there I was being too selective and not aggressive enough," Lavarnway said of the earlier part of his career. "And I'm really starting to gain that aggression back, I have a good eye for the strike zone, so it's picking out a pitch and being ready for it when it comes."

Check out Lavarnway's entire interview below during Red Sox Gameday Live.