Vazquez
2018 Stats
2018 Full Season Projections
W-L
4-2
ERA
2.77
WHIP
1.212
K
69
SV
27
 
 
 
 
 
2018 Fantasy Outlook
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... read more
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.
LEAGUE: Majors    40 MAN: Yes    BATS: L    Throws: L    HT: 6'2"    WT: 209 lbs.    DOB: 7/5/1991    College: None    Drafted: 2008Show Contract
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Felipe Vazquez Contract Info:
Signed a four-year, $22 million contract extension in January of 2018. The deal includes a pair of club options worth $10 million each.
Nabs 27th save
PPittsburgh Pirates
August 18, 2018
Vazquez struck out two in a perfect ninth inning Saturday to record his 27th save of the season in a 3-1 win over the Cubs.
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2018 Stat Review for Felipe Vazquez
3.63 K/BB
GOOD
11.94 K/9
ELITE
3.29 BB/9
WEAK
97.7 MPH Fastball
ELITE
0.3 HR/9
GREAT
1.53 GB/FB Ratio
MODERATE GROUNDBALLER
2.77 ERA
GOOD
1.21 WHIP
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2.20 FIP
ELITE
0.351 BABIP
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77.0 % Strand Rate
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  1. X. JoshJ. Harrison (R) Day-To-Day
  2. 1. AdamA. Frazier (L)
  3. X. SeanS. Rodriguez (R) 10-Day DL
  4. 2. KevinK. Newman (R)
  5. X. JordyJ. Mercer (R) 10-Day DL
  6. 3. AdeinyA. Hechavarria (R)
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  1. 1. ColinC. Moran (L)
  2. 2. DavidD. Freese (R)
  3. X. SeanS. Rodriguez (R) 10-Day DL
  4. X. JoshJ. Harrison (R) Day-To-Day
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  1. X. JordyJ. Mercer (R) 10-Day DL
  2. 1. AdeinyA. Hechavarria (R)
  3. 2. KevinK. Newman (R)
  4. X. SeanS. Rodriguez (R) 10-Day DL
  5. X. JoshJ. Harrison (R) Day-To-Day
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  1. Felipe Vazquez 2018 Preseason Outlook
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  2. Felipe Vazquez 2017 Preseason Outlook
    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.
  3. Felipe Vazquez 2016 Preseason Outlook
    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.
  4. Felipe Vazquez 2015 Preseason Outlook
    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.
  5. Felipe Vazquez 2014 Preseason Outlook
    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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Nabs 27th save
PPittsburgh Pirates
August 18, 2018
Vazquez struck out two in a perfect ninth inning Saturday to record his 27th save of the season in a 3-1 win over the Cubs.
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Notches 26th save
PPittsburgh Pirates
August 8, 2018
Vazquez fired 1.1 perfect innings Wednesday against the Rockies to secure his 26th save of the season.
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Collects 25th save
PPittsburgh Pirates
August 3, 2018
Vazquez slammed the door in the ninth Friday against the Cardinals, as he tossed a scoreless inning while allowing a hit and striking out one.
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Picks up 24th save
PPittsburgh Pirates
July 31, 2018
Vazquez allowed a run on two hits in the ninth inning Tuesday against the Cubs but escaped with his 24th save of the season.
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Yields rare home run Wednesday
PPittsburgh Pirates
July 26, 2018
Vazquez allowed a two-run homer to Yonder Alonso on Wednesday, snapping a 15-game, 15.2-inning scoreless streak during which the reliever whiffed 29 batters.
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