Felipe Vazquez
Felipe Vazquez
29-Year-Old PitcherRP
Pittsburgh Pirates
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Est. Return 2/1/2021
2020 Fantasy Outlook
Vazquez almost certainly won't pitch in the majors again and could spend decades in prison after being arrested in September on charges of statutory sexual assault, unlawful contact with a minor and corruption of minors. He admitted to police that he tried to engage in sexual activity with a then 13-year-old girl. In November, 21 additional charges were brought against Vazquez after police say they found lewd photos on his iPhone and laptop. He had already been placed on the restricted list by Major League Baseball, removing him from the Pirates' 40-man roster. Vazquez will be prosecuted in Florida for charges involving the same girl after he faces charges in Pennsylvania, where he is currently being held without bond. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a four-year, $22 million contract extension with the Pirates in January of 2018, avoiding arbitration. Contract includes $10 million team option ($1 million buyout) for 2022 and $10 million team option ($500,000 buyout) for 2023.
Facing 21 new charges
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November 19, 2019
Florida prosecutors filed 21 new charges against Vazquez on Tuesday, Renatta Signorini and Rich Cholodofsky of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review report.
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Police seized an iPhone and a MacBook Pro they say belonged to Vazquez, and a search of those devices led to the additional charges; 10 counts of child pornography, 10 counts of unlawful contact with a minor and a single charge of corruption of minors. Vazquez was originally arrested in September for engaging in sexual activity with a minor and was subsequently placed on the restricted list by MLB. He is being held without bail.
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Since 2018
 
 
-20%
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-4%
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-30%
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BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2018vs Left .182 118 53 5 20 5 1 2
Since 2018vs Right .227 414 126 32 86 16 0 7
2020vs Left 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2020vs Right 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2019vs Left .191 53 25 3 9 3 1 1
2019vs Right .199 183 65 10 34 6 0 4
2018vs Left .175 65 28 2 11 2 0 1
2018vs Right .250 231 61 22 52 10 0 3
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-32%
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-43%
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-61%
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ERA WHIP IP W L SV K/9 BB/9 HR/9
Since 2018Home 1.79 1.13 65.1 5 2 32 12.5 2.6 0.4
Since 2018Away 2.64 1.07 64.2 4 1 33 12.2 2.5 0.8
2020Home 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2020Away 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2019Home 2.10 0.97 30.0 2 1 12 13.2 1.5 0.9
2019Away 1.20 0.90 30.0 3 0 16 13.8 2.4 0.6
2018Home 1.53 1.27 35.1 3 1 20 12.0 3.6 0.0
2018Away 3.89 1.21 34.2 1 1 17 10.9 2.6 1.0
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Formerly Felipe Rivero, Vazquez recovered from an early forearm scare and some struggles on the field to save a career-high 37 games while posting a 2.70 ERA. That latter figure was up more than a run from the pristine 1.67 ERA he posted the season prior, but that can likely be chalked up mostly to a 97-point jump in his opponents' BABIP, up from .234 in 2017 to .331 last season. His true talent likely lies somewhere in the middle. His 2.43 FIP was a near match for the 2.47 figure he posted the year before. After posting a career-best 30.1% strikeout rate, Vazquez is entrenched as the Pirates' closer and as a clear top-10 fantasy stopper. The Pirates could be well out the race at the deadline, but Vazquez is under control through 2023 and so a trade seems pretty unlikely, though not completely out of the question. Of course, if he pitches as expected, he could continue to save games even if he were traded.
Acquired from Washington in the 2016 Mark Melancon trade, Rivero vaulted into the upper echelon of relievers with his performance last season. He added three whole ticks to his fastball (98.5 mph), which pitching coach Ray Searage suggested was a byproduct of a more compact delivery, with Rivero keeping his lead foot underneath his knee. Searage also hinted at a correction of a pitch-tipping issue. The added velocity helped Rivero hit his spots more consistently -- he shaved his walk rate from 3.9 BB/9 to 2.4 -- and made his devastating changeup even more difficult to hit. Rivero averaged 10.5 K/9 and turned in a 2.47 FIP (13th among 355 pitchers with at least 50 innings). He proved plenty capable in the ninth after taking the job from Tony Watson, converting all but two of his 24 save opportunities. The 26-year-old has a case to be a top-five closer off the board.
The Pirates are extremely high on Rivero, and there's talk he could close if Tony Watson falters or is traded. Acquired as part of the Mark Melancon deadline deal, the 26-year-old southpaw throws easy gas, averaging 95.8 mph with his heater. Oddly, Rivero's splits against left-handed hitters (.286/.387/.378) and righties (.203/.290/.337) go against conventional thinking. In any case, there's thought that he could fill an Andrew Miller-like role, throwing multiple high-leverage innings. Pittsburgh and pitching coach Ray Searage have found success molding relievers into closers, and it wouldn't be surprising to see Rivero follow in the footsteps of Joel Hanrahan and Jason Grilli. He will come fairly cheap on draft day, and should be able to offer solid ratios while owners hope for an opening in the ninth inning role.
One of the few bright spots in the Nationals' bullpen last year, Rivero's season very nearly ended before it began after he was hospitalized with a burst ulcer in his stomach in April. Surgery and a slow recovery kept him out of the majors for six weeks, but once he rejoined the bullpen he did his best to make up for the lost time, posting a 12:2 K:BB ratio in 10.1 June innings. By the end of the year, after both Drew Storen and Jonathan Papelbon had taken themselves out of the picture, Rivero found himself in the closer role and picked up his first two big league saves. A left-hander with a big fastball and solid slider, he was almost as tough on righties (.198/.255/.344) as he was on lefties (.198/.242/.244), which could give him an inside track on retaining the closer job in 2016. Both Papelbon and Storen are still Nats property heading into the offseason, however, so it's more likely that Rivero finds himself as a set-up man in 2016.
At this point, Rivero is purely a wild card as far as prospects go. Acquired from the Rays in the Nate Karns deal before the start of the 2014 season, the skinny left-hander struggled to stay healthy last year. When he was on the field he battled the same control issues he faced in the Tampa organization. His raw stuff is eye-opening, and lefties with mid-90s heat, sharp curves and workable changeups will keep getting chances to put it all together long past the point when it's obvious they won't. Barring a catastrophic injury or development spike that carries him all the way to the major league bullpen, Rivero will have a permanent spot on Nationals' top prospect lists for the foreseeable future.
Rivero has been worked slowly in the Rays' organization, spending a full season at each stop along the way. He was productive in 2013 with High-A Charlotte, pitching in 25 games with 23 of those being starts. The southpaw is known to have a solid fastball, despite his thin frame (6'0", 150). He also confidently mixes in his secondary pitches, though they are thought to need some development before he can reach the majors. He posted a 3.40 ERA, which included two shutouts and 91 strikeouts in 127 innings. His walk rate increased slightly last season, but it seems likely he will spend most of the 2014 season one rung up the ladder with Double-A Montgomery.
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Placed on restricted list
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September 17, 2019
The Commissioner's Office will immediately place Vazquez on the restricted list following his arrest Tuesday, Kyle Glaser of Baseball America reports.
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Arrested, charged in Florida
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September 17, 2019
Vazquez has been arrested and charged in Lee County, Florida with one count of computer pornography, solicitation of a child and one count of providing obscene material to minors, Jeff Passan of ESPN.com reports.
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Not available Friday
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September 13, 2019
Vazquez won't be available to pitch Friday against the Cubs, Jason Mackey of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.
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Bags 28th save
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September 12, 2019
Vazquez picked up the save Thursday after allowing a hit and a walk while striking out two over a scoreless ninth inning against the Giants.
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Posts 27th save
PPittsburgh Pirates
September 11, 2019
Vazquez picked up the save Wednesday against the Giants after firing a perfect ninth inning that included one strikeout.
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