April 24, 2011

On Baseball: Catching tandem working its way up Red Sox system

By Kevin Thomas kthomas@pressherald.com
Staff Writer

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Tim Federowicz

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Ryan Lavarnway

"He has worked so hard and has put himself in a position now -- he's a quality receiver, real quick feet, good exchanges. Defensively, he has turned himself into a guy who has major league potential."

Lavarnway threw out 33 percent of base stealers against him last year (the same as Federowicz). This year, Lavarnway's percentage is at 44 percent (4 of 9).

"I'm just trying to polish off a little bit of the rough edges," Lavarnway said. "I feel like I'm almost there. Just making it more consistent, and proving I'll be reliable for a whole season."

At the plate, Lavarnway began slowly (1 for 13) and is just starting to rebound (at .220 through Friday).

Assuming Lavarnway's bat comes around, the Red Sox will have two prime catching prospects in Portland. They seem comfortable being on the same team.

"Ever since the draft we've worked together well," Lavarnway said. "We bounce ideas off each other."

They also push each other. And if their trend continues, one player will reach the next level, followed shortly by the other maybe all the way to Boston?

"We're not in competition with each other," Federowicz said. "If both of us perform the way we're supposed to, things will work out.

"We'll both be in the big leagues, whether with the Red Sox or somebody else."

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