Christian Vazquez
Christian Vazquez
29-Year-Old CatcherC
Boston Red Sox
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Lost in the euphoria of the Red Sox championship was the utter futility from the catcher position, at least offensively. It's easy to rationalize a club wanting mostly defense from its catchers, especially when it's winning, but some modicum of production is desired. Coming off a season in which he hit .290, the hope was that Vazquez had finally translated solid contact skills into a consistently high average. However, he doesn't hit the ball with much authority so 2017's bloated .348 BABIP was due for a big downturn. Sure enough, Vazquez posted a .237 mark last season, resulting in an anemic .207 average. His defense remained above average as the primary receiver when neither Chris Sale nor Rick Porcello were on the mound, leaving that to Sandy Leon. Vazquez should still receive a little more than half the run behind the dish, but even with the weak catcher pool, he doesn't offer ample help anywhere to warrant mixed-league consideration. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a three-year extension with the Red Sox in March of 2018, which includes a club option in 2022.
Returns for season finale
CBoston Red Sox
September 29, 2019
Vazquez (hamstring) is starting behind the plate and batting sixth Sunday against the Orioles, jJen McCaffrey of The Athletic reports.
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Vazquez exited Wednesday's contest with left hamstring tightness and didn't start the last three games, but he'll rejoin the starting nine for the season finale. The 29-year-old has enjoyed a quality season with a .274/.319/.477 slash line with 23 homers and 71 RBI in 137 games.
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Batting Order Slot Breakdown
vs Right-Handed Pitchers
vs RHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
1
1
1
25
20
13
16
vs Left-Handed Pitchers
vs LHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
3
14
9
9
4
4
Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2017
 
 
+16%
OPS vs LHP
2019
 
 
+19%
OPS vs LHP
2018
 
 
+16%
OPS vs LHP
2017
 
 
+2%
OPS vs LHP
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2017vs Left .798 300 46 13 41 7 .271 .321 .477
Since 2017vs Right .689 835 87 18 79 8 .262 .304 .385
2019vs Left .894 173 30 11 28 2 .285 .337 .557
2019vs Right .750 348 36 12 44 2 .272 .312 .438
2018vs Left .603 71 6 0 7 3 .231 .296 .308
2018vs Right .518 198 18 3 9 1 .199 .244 .274
2017vs Left .748 56 10 2 6 2 .278 .304 .444
2017vs Right .732 289 33 3 26 5 .293 .336 .396
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2017
 
 
+18%
OPS at Home
2019
 
 
+3%
OPS on Road
2018
 
 
+19%
OPS at Home
2017
 
 
+57%
OPS at Home
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2017Home .776 567 71 14 58 8 .290 .337 .439
Since 2017Away .659 568 62 17 62 7 .238 .280 .379
2019Home .787 271 31 8 30 2 .286 .336 .452
2019Away .808 250 35 15 42 2 .265 .304 .504
2018Home .588 129 12 2 8 2 .223 .266 .322
2018Away .496 140 12 1 8 2 .192 .250 .246
2017Home .905 167 28 4 20 4 .348 .395 .510
2017Away .577 178 15 1 12 3 .237 .270 .308
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Stat Review
How does Christian Vazquez compare to other hitters?
This section compares his stats with all batting seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 400 plate appearances)*. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that stat and it would be considered average.

* Exit Velocity and Barrels/PA % are benchmarked against 2019 data (min 400 PA) and Hard Hit Rate is benchmarked against last season's data (min 400 PA). See here for more exit velocity/barrels stats plus an explanation of current limitations with that data set.
  • BB/K
    Walk to strikeout ratio
  • BB Rate
    The percentage of plate appearances resulting in a walk.
  • K Rate
    The percentage of plate appearances resulting in a strikeout.
  • BABIP
    Batting average on balls in play. Measures how many of a batter’s balls in play go for hits.
  • ISO
    Isolated Power. Slugging percentage minus batting average. A computation used to measure a batter's raw power.
  • AVG
    Batting average. Hits divided by at bats.
  • OBP
    On Base Percentage. A measure of how often a batters reaches base. Roughly equal to number of times on base divided by plate appearances.
  • SLG
    Slugging Percentage. A measure of the batting productivity of a hitter. It is calculated as total bases divided by at bats.
  • OPS
    On base plus slugging. THe sum of a batter's on-base percentage and slugging percentage.
  • wOBA
    Weighted on-base average. Measures a player's overall offensive contributions per plate appearance. wOBA combines all the different aspects of hitting into one metric, weighting each of them in proportion to their actual run value.
  • Exit Velocity
    The speed of the baseball as it comes off the bat, immediately after a batter makes contact.
  • Hard Hit Rate
    A measure of contact quality from Sports Info Solutions. This stat explains what percentage of batted balls were hit hard vs. medium or soft.
  • Barrels/PA
    The percentage of plate appearances where a batter had a batted ball classified as a Barrel. A Barrel is a batted ball with similar exit velocity and launch angle to past ones that led to a minimum .500 batting average and 1.500 slugging percentage.
BB/K
0.33
 
BB Rate
6.3%
 
K Rate
19.4%
 
BABIP
.305
 
ISO
.201
 
AVG
.276
 
OBP
.320
 
SLG
.477
 
OPS
.798
 
wOBA
.345
 
Exit Velocity
89.3 mph
 
Hard Hit Rate
33.6%
 
Barrels/PA
3.9%
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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Still out Saturday
CBoston Red Sox
Hamstring
September 28, 2019
Vazquez (hamstring) is not in Saturday's lineup against the Orioles.
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Remains on bench
CBoston Red Sox
Hamstring
September 27, 2019
Vazquez (hamstring) will sit Friday against Baltimore.
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Out with hamstring tightness
CBoston Red Sox
Hamstring
September 26, 2019
Vazquez (hamstring) is not in Thursday's lineup against the Rangers.
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Leaves with hamstring tightness
CBoston Red Sox
Hamstring
September 25, 2019
Vazquez made a precautionary exit from Wednesday's game at Texas with left hamstring tightness, Pete Abraham of The Boston Globe reports.
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Heads to bench
CBoston Red Sox
September 23, 2019
Vazquez is not in the lineup Monday against the Rays, Steve Hewitt of the Boston Herald reports.
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