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Ryan Lavarnway | Catcher

Team: Oakland Athletics
Age / DOB:  (29) / 8/7/1987
Ht / Wt:  6'4 / 240
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
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Athletics signed C Ryan Lavarnway to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.
Lavarnway opened the 2016 campaign as a member of the Braves, saw his release in mid-May and was subsequently signed by the Blue Jays near the end of that month. He did not receive a major league at-bat with either Atlanta or Toronto. The 29-year-old backstop slashed a paltry .266/.351/.384 over 331 at-bats while splitting time between the Braves' Triple-A affiliate and the Blue Jays' Double-A one. Nov 30 - 8:53 PM

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Blue Jays signed C Ryan Lavarnway to a minor league contract.

He's been assigned to Double-A New Hampshire. Lavarnway was released by the Braves earlier this month after batting .276/.336/.357 for Triple-A Gwinnett. Lavarnway is now 28 and is merely organizational depth.
May 27 - 4:33 PM

Braves released C Ryan Lavarnway.

He became expendable when the Braves acquired Anthony Recker from Cleveland earlier this week. Before getting axed, Lavarnway was hitting a respectable .276 in 25 games for Triple-A Gwinnett. He'll find work elsewhere as minor league depth.
May 14 - 5:07 PM

Braves re-signed C Ryan Lavarnway to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

Lavarnway played in 27 games with the Braves this past season while batting .227/.311/.394 with two home runs and six RBI over 74 plate appearances. The 28-year-old has a chance to serve as A.J. Pierzynski's backup if the Braves decide to give Christian Bethancourt some time in the minors.
Tue, Nov 24, 2015 02:16:00 PM

Braves sent C Ryan Lavarnway outright to Triple-A Gwinnett.

The 28-year-old backstop appeared in 37 big league games between the Orioles and Braves in 2015, hitting a meager .191/.283/.319 with two homers, six RBI and a 28/12 K/BB ratio. The former top prospect may never live him to the massive hype that once surrounded him, but he still provides solid depth behind the plate.
Sat, Oct 10, 2015 08:41:00 AM

Ryan Lavarnway went 2-for-4 with a solo home run in Sunday's loss to the Cubs.

Lavarnway's solo home run in the fifth inning was his second of the season. He started the year with the Orioles, but they designated him for assignment in late May, at which point the Braves scooped him up. In limited spot duty, he's hit .257/.358/.489 with two homers and six RBI. The 27-year-old catcher doesn't see enough at-bats (just 47 with the Braves thus far) for fantasy relevance.
Sun, Aug 23, 2015 06:00:00 PM

Braves purchased the contract of C Ryan Lavarnway from Triple-A Gwinnett.

Lavarnway will take over as the Braves' backup catcher with Christian Bethancourt heading to the minors in a corresponding move. Lavarnway, 27, is a .192/.246/.300 career hitter in 107 major league games.
Mon, Jun 15, 2015 11:57:00 AM

Braves signed catcher Ryan Lavarnway to a minor league contract.

Jose Yepez landed on the DL in Triple-A, so the Braves needed an extra catcher around. Lavarnway was let go by the Orioles earlier this week.
Sat, May 30, 2015 04:06:00 PM

Ryan Lavarnway has elected free agency.

He was designated for assignment earlier in the week to make room on the active roster for Steve Clevenger. With so many teams around the league starved for depth behind the plate, he should be able to find a suitable opportunity elsewhere.
Fri, May 29, 2015 07:20:00 PM

Orioles designated C/1B Ryan Lavarnway for assignment.

The move clears a spot for Steve Clevenger on the active roster. Lavarnway gets the boot after going just 3-for-28 (.107) over 10 games.
Tue, May 26, 2015 02:45:00 PM

Orioles purchased the contract of C/1B Ryan Lavarnway from Triple-A Norfolk.

Lavarnway gives the O's another decent bench bat and depth behind the plate. He's not fantasy relevant.
Mon, Apr 6, 2015 11:41:00 AM

Orioles sent C/1B Ryan Lavarnway outright to Triple-A Norfolk.

Finally Lavarnway stays put in the same organization after being claimed off waivers three times this winter. He'll be invited to spring training but probably won't crack the Opening Day roster.
Fri, Jan 16, 2015 03:48:00 PM

Orioles designated 1B/C Ryan Lavarnway for assignment.

The move clears a spot on the 40-man roster for Delmon Young. Lavarnway has been in four organizations already this offseason and could now land in a fifth. The 27-year-old has hit in the minors but sports just a .208/.389/.370 batting line during his time in the majors.
Fri, Jan 9, 2015 05:13:00 PM

Orioles claimed 1B/C Ryan Lavarnway off waivers from the Cubs.

While Matt Wieters (elbow) is hopeful that he'll be ready to start on Opening Day, the Orioles added depth at catcher in the form of Lavarnway. He'll join Steve Clevenger and Caleb Joseph as potential starters should Wieters be unable to go. Lavarnway was once a somewhat promising prospect, but that talent has yet to translate to the majors, as he's hit only .208/.389/.370 over the course of his career.
Tue, Dec 23, 2014 02:18:00 PM

Cubs claimed 1B/C Ryan Lavarnway off waivers from the Dodgers.

Lavarnway had been claimed by the Dodgers earlier this month before being designated for assignment a week later for the second time this offseason. The 27-year-old had an injury-shortened 2014 season and isn't really a prospect anymore but is probably worth a flier. It remains to be seen how he'll fit in with the Cubs, but he makes the most sense as a third catcher/pinch-hitter.
Fri, Dec 19, 2014 03:05:00 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Bruce Maxwell
2Josh Phegley
1B1Yonder Alonso
2B1Jed Lowrie
2Joe Wendle
SS1Marcus Semien
2Chad Pinder
3Franklin Barreto
4Yairo Munoz
3B1Ryon Healy
2Renato Nunez
3Jermaine Curtis
LF1Khris Davis
2Mark Canha
3Jaycob Brugman
4Jaff Decker
CF1Brett Eibner
2Jake Smolinski
RF1Matt Joyce
2Matt Olson
3Andrew Lambo
DH1Stephen Vogt
2Max Muncy
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Sonny Gray
2Kendall Graveman
3Sean Manaea
4Andrew Triggs
5Daniel Mengden
6Raul Alcantara
7Jharel Cotton
8Chris Bassitt
9Paul Blackburn
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Ryan Madson
2Sean Doolittle
3John Axford
4Liam Hendriks
5Ryan Dull
6Zach Neal
7Daniel Coulombe
8Dillon Overton
9Bobby Wahl
10Tyler Sturdevant
11Simon Castro