27-Year-Old Catcher – Boston Red Sox
2017 Fantasy Baseball Outlook
Coming off of Tommy John surgery, Vazquez started the 2016 season in Triple-A Pawtucket, playing just five games before earning a callup. The 26-year-old was named the starter after being called up, s...
Christian Vazquez Contract Information:
Signed a one-year, $500,000 contract with Boston in March 2014.
Vazquez is not in the lineup for Sunday's ALDS Game 3 against the Astros, Pete Abraham of The Boston Globe reports.
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|Preseason||Subscribe now to see our 2017 projections for Christian Vazquez||3-Year Averages||56||191||173||18||40||10||9||0||1||16||0||0||14||36||1||2||1||.231||.289||.301||.590|
|Career (View All)||211||730||671||79||175||46||36||3||7||64||7||2||46||136||3||5||5||.261||.311||.355||.666|
|Sep. 29||Hou||Did not play.|
|Sep. 26||Tor||Did not play.|
|Sep. 20||@Bal||Did not play.|
|Sep. 13||Oak||Did not play.|
|Sep. 9||TB||Did not play.|
|Sep. 6||Tor||Did not play.|
|Sep. 3||@NYY||Did not play.|
|Sep. 1||@NYY||Did not play.|
|Last 7 Games||18||3||3||0||0||0||0||1||6||0||0||0||0||1||.167||.211||.167||.378|
|Last 14 Games||38||6||8||2||0||0||1||2||8||0||1||0||0||1||.211||.250||.263||.513|
|Last 30 Games||76||12||21||4||0||1||6||3||16||0||1||1||0||1||.276||.313||.368||.681|
Christian Vazquez: MLB Games Played By Position
Christian Vazquez Split Stats (View Full Split Stats)
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|Preseason||Subscribe now to see our 2017 projections for Christian Vazquez||3-Year Averages||191||173||7.3%||18.8%||0.39||79%||.283||.070|
Christian Vazquez Defensive Stats
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2017 Stat Review for Christian Vazquez As compared to the top 200 hitters in 2016 (min 410 PA)
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Boston Red Sox Roster
MajorsAbad, Fernando (P)
AAABeeks, Jalen (P)
AABall, Trey (P)
A+Jimenez, Dedgar (P)
RookieAcosta, Christopher (P)
Christian Vazquez: Past News Updates ( ▲ View most recent update )
RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks
Vazquez was preparing last spring to be Bostonís starting catcher in 2015 when an elbow injury eventually led to Tommy John surgery, forcing him to miss the entire season. The history of catchers who have undergone this procedure is a short one. Most notably is Baltimoreís Matt Wieters, who had the surgery in June 2014 and returned roughly one year later. He played 75 games, catching 55 of them. Other catchers that have undergone the procedure say they donít feel theyíre fully back until year two. Vazquez was expected to get some ramp up time in winter ball, but his team folded and heís not getting the expected at-bats leading up to spring training. Itís all a big question mark for Vazquez. Heís probably not going to be ready to go full-time when the season starts, so the Red Sox may have him spend some time at Triple-A Pawtucket, while the combination of Blake Swihart and Ryan Hanigan open the season in Boston.
Vazquez began last season as the starting catcher for Triple-A Pawtucket and finished the season as the starting catcher for Boston. He's about a half year ahead of schedule, but the A.J. Pierzynski signing backfired on the Red Sox and Vazquez was promoted in July. He hit .240/.308/.309 in 201 plate appearances. The question remains whether or not he'll hit consistently enough in the majors, though his defense will keep him employed in MLB for as long as he wants. The same thing was said about Yadier Molina -- a frequent Vazquez comparison. If there are enough quality bats in the lineup, the Red Sox can live with a .230 hitter at the bottom of the order. Vazquez did a credible job hitting with men on base or in scoring position, and showed a knack for moving runners along, so there are some encouraging signs. Projected to open the season as the Red Sox's starting catcher, Vazquez tore his UCL during spring training and will miss the entire season following Tommy John surgery.
Vazquez's prospect status is on the rise, largely due to his defensive abilities, and particularly his ability to control the opposing running game. He threw out 46 percent of would-be base-stealers and his pop-up time when throwing to second base is gaining notoriety. Though he can be a streaky hitter, Vazquez has improved offensively over the years, and he had a career-best OBP and reduced his strikeouts from 79 to 44 in 2013. Vazquez's defense has him headed for the major leagues. If he maintains/develops his improved plate approach and continues to make consistent contact, he figures to be a full-time starter. Look for him to start the season at Triple-A Pawtucket and possibly get a crack at the big leagues later in the season.
Vazquez, a ninth-round selection in 2008 at the age of 17, has worked his way up to the Double-A level largely on his glove. He was able to hit enough in the lower levels to get by while his improvements defensively and as a leader has garnered attention in the organization. He was added to Boston's 40-man roster in the offseason. He has the ability to control an opponent's running game. There's a sense that his glove alone will carry him to the major leagues. The bat, on the other hand, may be problematic. He'll return to Double-A Portland where he'll work on the more advanced aspects of catching: working with pitchers, game calling and varying pitch sequences.
Vazquez spent his second straight season in the Low-A South Atlantic League for Greenville, becoming the Drive's primary backstop in 2011. The defensive side of the game made impressive strides, though some improvement in mechanics are still needed. Vazquez is a work in progress as a hitter, but improved mechanics gave him greater bat speed and he generated more power than we expected. His swing will be challenged more as he advances levels in the organization. He'll likely land at High-A Salem where he'll see less mistakes, so a power drop is expected. Continued work on quickening his swing and maintaining good contact rates will be a key for hitting success in 2012.
Vazquez, a ninth-round draft pick in 2008, shows some agility behind the plate but still needs work in other defensive aspects (quicker release, blocking balls). He's got the attitude to improve. He's not very advanced with the bat, but has some power potential and could evolve into an adequate hitter. He'll likely be placed at Low-A Greenville.