Acquired for RHP Mychal Givens, this left-handed second baseman made his organizational debut with the Orioles showing some hit ability but also showed trouble staying on the field as injuries cut into his season placing him at #20.
Age (as of Jun 30th) : 24
2021 Level: AA (rehab in other levels)
Tools (current/future value)
Game Power: 35/40
Raw Power: 45/45
Most Likely Future Role: Utility
Ceiling: 2nd Division Second baseman
What we know: The key acquisition in the Givens trade, Vavra started off his Orioles organization career in AA Bowie where he slashed .263/.413/.447/.860 in 143 PAs over 30 games before a back injury put him on the IL for two months. Vavra has an advanced feel for getting deep in counts, drawing walks, and lining balls to all fields.
He’s described as a scrappy baseball rat kind of player who gets the most out of his abilities, but after returning in August, a hip injury shelved him for the rest of the season in early September.
Defensively, he played ok at second base but a below average arm hurts him a bit turning double plays. His hands aren’t great but they are playable and he has a decent first step quickness. The Orioles started playing him in center field where he looked adequate though he doesn’t have that burner speed teams typically want in CF.
He’s a decent base stealer and runner though he works more on intelligence than a pure speed tool.
What we don’t know: Can he hit left-handers effectively enough to be an everyday player? He slashed a miserable .162/.311/.189/.500 against them in 45 PAs after slashing .241/.340/.361/.701 in Low-A in 2019 against them in 101 PAs. Can he stay healthy? He had back issues in college as well so a reoccurrence of back concerns plus a hip injury is not great for a guy that needs all his health to maximize his averagish tools.
What we think: If he can’t hit lefties it limits his value to a utility guy who plays against right-handed pitching. The Orioles probably want to see him move around a bit between the outfield and second base in order to up his utility chances. We’re not sure he brings enough stick to or defense to be an everyday second baseman on a 1st division team, but left-handed hitting utility guys that can get on base and run a little have some value.