No, Ryan Lavarnway wasn’t drafted out of prison in 2008, as part of a Ricky Vaughn program. The future designated hitter was actually selected by the Boston Red Sox in the sixth round of the 2008 amateur draft out of Yale University. He made his Major League debut earlier this month against the Kansas City Royals.
Unfortunately, Lavarnway’s power bat couldn’t help the Red Sox escape a 4-0 shutout at the hands of C.J. Wilson and the Texas Rangers’ bullpen, in what could be a preview of a future playoff matchup this coming postseason.
Texas’ starting pitching has been a model of consistency this year, with five pitchers starting all but three of the Rangers’ games so far. Because of this, I don’t think another American League playoff contender is helped out more by Major League Baseball’s decision to do away with non-travel off days this postseason.
Where scheduling could force the Red Sox to start Erik Bedard, John Lackey or Tim Wakefield for at least a game in a playoff series, the Rangers will happily rely on a four man rotation of Wilson, Alexi Ogando, Derek Holland and Matt Harrison, presumably with Colby Lewis coming out of the bullpen.
The series continues tonight in Arlington with a Lackey – Lewis pitching matchup.