Vazquez
2018 Stats
2018 Full Season Projections
AVG
.213
HR
3
RBI
14
R
18
SB
2
 
 
 
 
 
2018 Fantasy Outlook
Sandy Leon was the widely-drafted Red Sox catcher last season, but Vazquez ended up being significantly more valuable in both real life and fantasy. Granted his fantasy value was tied closely to a .290 average, and that number was buoyed by an inflated .348 BABIP. However,... read more
Sandy Leon was the widely-drafted Red Sox catcher last season, but Vazquez ended up being significantly more valuable in both real life and fantasy. Granted his fantasy value was tied closely to a .290 average, and that number was buoyed by an inflated .348 BABIP. However, Vazquez was a big plus behind the dish and should get a chance to build on his run and RBI totals with more playing time in 2018, assuming the Red Sox don't bring in a more potent bat to serve as the primary backstop. Vazquez doesn't walk much (4.9 percent last season) or get the ball in the air very often (28 percent flyball rate), but he runs more than most catchers (7-for-9 in stolen base attempts) and can work the ball the other way (33.3 opposite-field percentage). As of now it appears Vazquez will open the year atop the depth chart, and that puts him in the discussion as a low-end first catcher.
STATUS: 10-Day DL    INJURY: Finger    RETURN DATE: Sep 10,2018   
LEAGUE: Majors    40 MAN: Yes    BATS: R    Throws: R    HT: 5'9"    WT: 198 lbs.    DOB: 8/21/1990    College: None    Drafted: 9th Rd in 2008Show Contract
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Christian Vazquez Contract Info:
Signed a three-year extension with the Red Sox in March of 2018, which includes a club option in 2022.
Working out in Florida
CBoston Red Sox
Finger
August 9, 2018
Vazquez (finger) has resumed working out at the Red Sox's spring training facility in Florida, Peter Abraham of The Boston Globe reports.
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2018 Stat Review for Christian Vazquez
0.21 BB/K
TERRIBLE
3.2 % BB Rate
TERRIBLE
15.1 % K Rate
GOOD
0.549 OPS
TERRIBLE
0.249 OBP
TERRIBLE
0.213 AVG
TERRIBLE
0.240 BABIP
LOW
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Catcher
  1. 1. SandyS. Leon (S)
  2. 2. BlakeB. Swihart (S)
  3. X. ChristianC. Vazquez (R) 10-Day DL
Second Baseman
  1. 1. IanI. Kinsler (R)
  2. 2. BrockB. Holt (L)
  3. 3. EduardoE. Nunez (R)
  4. 4. BlakeB. Swihart (S)
  5. X. DustinD. Pedroia (R) 60-Day DL
  6. X. MarcoM. Hernandez (L) 60-Day DL
Third Baseman
  1. X. RafaelR. Devers (L) 10-Day DL
  2. 1. EduardoE. Nunez (R)
  3. 2. BrockB. Holt (L)
  4. 3. BlakeB. Swihart (S)
  5. X. MarcoM. Hernandez (L) 60-Day DL
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  1. Christian Vazquez 2018 Preseason Outlook
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  2. Christian Vazquez 2017 Preseason 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, starting 49 games behind the plate before losing his starting catcher role to Sandy Leon after he couldn't seem to find his form at the plate. Vazquez struggled mightily, slashing .226/.278/.305 in 51 games before being sent back down to Triple-A. Despite his continuing offensive struggles, he proved he is still an elite backstop, gaining 1.53 extra strikes per game, which was fourth best in the majors in 2016. Although he wasn't used, his defense earned him a callup before the playoffs, showing how much his glove is valued. Vazquez is currently locked in as a backup, but all it will take for the righty to become a starter is for his bat to produce numbers closer to the league average.
  3. Christian Vazquez 2016 Preseason Outlook
    Vazquez was preparing last spring to be Boston’s 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 Baltimore’s 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 don’t feel they’re fully back until year two. Vazquez was expected to get some ramp up time in winter ball, but his team folded and he’s not getting the expected at-bats leading up to spring training. It’s all a big question mark for Vazquez. He’s 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.
  4. Christian Vazquez 2015 Preseason Outlook
    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.
  5. Christian Vazquez 2014 Preseason Outlook
    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.
  6. Christian Vazquez 2013 Preseason Outlook
    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.
  7. Christian Vazquez 2012 Preseason Outlook
    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.
  8. Christian Vazquez 2011 Preseason Outlook
    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.
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Working out in Florida
CBoston Red Sox
Finger
August 9, 2018
Vazquez (finger) has resumed working out at the Red Sox's spring training facility in Florida, Peter Abraham of The Boston Globe reports.
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Undergoes surgery
CBoston Red Sox
Finger
July 11, 2018
Vazquez (finger) underwent surgery Tuesday, Bill Koch of the Providence Journal reports.
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Headed for surgery, out 6-to-8 weeks
CBoston Red Sox
Finger
July 9, 2018
Vazquez (finger) will have surgery and is expected to miss 6-to-8 weeks, Ian Browne of MLB.com reports.
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Expecting 2-to-3-week absence
CBoston Red Sox
Finger
July 9, 2018
Vazquez (finger) said Sunday that he expects to be sidelined for 2-to-3 weeks, Jordan Wolf of MLB.com reports.
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Shifts to DL
CBoston Red Sox
Finger
July 8, 2018
Vazquez (finger) was placed on the 10-day disabled list Sunday, Rob Bradford of WEEI.com reports.
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