Wednesday April 18, 2012 | 05:54 AM

So many catching prospects have come through Portland.
But staying in Boston is another question. We bring this up after catcher Luis Exposito was claimed off waivers by the Baltimore Orioles.
George Kottaras joined the Sea Dogs for their successful 2006 playoff run, having come from the Padres in the David Wells trade. Kottaras played the 1009 season as Jason Varitek’s back-up, but was eventually released. He is still in the majors with Milwaukee.
Dusty Brown played 2006-07 for Portland, reached Triple-A and eventually was let go. He’s with the Rangers system, in Triple-A.
Mark Wagner was once the Red Sox top catching prospect, moving from Portland in 2008-09 to Pawtucket. Injuries held him back. He never reached the majors and was let go after last season. He is not in affiliated baseball this season.
Exposito played in Portland in 2009-10. He looked to have the tools and went to Triple-A. But Ryan Lavarnway over-shadowed him and Esposito became expendable.
Tim Federowicz played for the Sea Dogs last year until he was traded to the Dodgers in the three-team deal involving Erik Bedard. he’s now in Triple-A.
Lavarnway came to Portland at the end of the 2010 season and caught with Federowicz last year until being promoted to Pawtucket and eventually making his major league debut. Lavarnway is in Pawtucket this year (he just homered for a second straight night), but could be in Boston soon. He has the best chance of any catching prospect because of his bat.
Sea Dogs play today at noon. Check back later.

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