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Esmerling Vasquez | Starting Pitcher

Team: International Player
Age / DOB:  (31) / 11/7/1983
Ht / Wt:  6'1' / 198
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
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Esmerling Vasquez signed a contract with the Seibu Lions of Nippon Professional Baseball in Japan.
The 31-year-old right-hander hasn't played in the big leagues since the 2012 season and didn't pitch at all during the 2014 campaign. If he pitches well in 2015 it could open doors for a potential return to a major league bullpen the following season. Nov 14 - 7:27 PM

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Twins signed RHP Esmerling Vasquez to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

Vasquez posted a rough 5.68 ERA, 1.61 WHIP and 14/19 K/BB ratio in 31 2/3 innings this year with the Twins. He's doubtful to win an Opening Day bullpen job for 2013.
Mon, Nov 5, 2012 03:36:00 PM

Twins sent RHP Esmerling Vasquez outright to Triple-A Rochester.

Another instance of the Twins trimming the fat from their 40-man roster. Vasquez, 28, appeared in six games with the big club this season and posted a 2.78 ERA and 98/39 K/BB ratio over 100 1/3 innings.
Wed, Oct 24, 2012 04:03:00 PM

Esmerling Vasquez allowed three runs on six hits and three walks over 5 2/3 innings in Monday's loss to the Blue Jays.

He struck out one. Vazquez certainly didn't pitch that well, but he was in line for his first win of the season before the bullpen blew it. The 27-year-old finishes the season with an ugly 5.68 ERA and 1.61 WHIP over six starts for the Twins.
Mon, Oct 1, 2012 10:47:00 PM

Esmerling Vasquez pitched decently in Friday’s loss to the White Sox, surrendering three runs on three hits over 5 2/3 innings.

He struck out four in the game, but also struggled with his command. He issued four walks on the night, including one to Dayan Viciedo with the bases loaded in the fourth inning. With the news that Cole De Vries has been shut down for the season, Vasquez will stick in the rotation for the remainder of the season. He’ll take an 0-2 record and 7.53 ERA into Thursday’s start against the Indians in Cleveland.
Fri, Sep 14, 2012 11:39:00 PM

Esmerling Vasquez struggled in his first MLB start, allowing five runs on seven hits over 5 2/3 innings against the Royals on Sunday.

Vasquez walked three and struck out two on the afternoon. Tony Abreu was responsible for most of the damage against him, lining a two-run single to right in the third inning, and adding an RBI single to center in the sixth that stood as the game-winner. With the Twins completely devoid of quality options in the rotation, he may get another chance to start before the season is over.
Sun, Sep 2, 2012 05:10:00 PM

Esmerling Vasquez will make his first major league start Sunday against the Royals.

Vasquez has made 141 major league appearances, but this will be his first in a starting role. The right-hander has made eight of 31 appearances at Triple-A Rochester this season as a starter and boasts a 2.78 ERA and 98 strikeouts over 100 1/3 innings.
Sun, Sep 2, 2012 09:04:00 AM

Twins recalled RHP Esmerling Vasquez from Triple-A Rochester.

Vasquez, 28, was posting a 2.78 ERA in the minors and will be used as bullpen depth. He hasn't appeared with the Twins since being claimed off waivers last September.
Sat, Sep 1, 2012 12:05:00 PM

Twins sent RHP Esmerling Vasquez outright to Triple-A Rochester.

The Twins designated Vasquez for assignment last week to clear a roster spot for new outfielder Darin Mastroianni. The 28-year-old reliever has been invited back to compete for a bullpen job in camp this spring.
Mon, Feb 13, 2012 03:13:00 PM

Twins designated RHP Esmerling Vasquez for assignment.

The Twins claimed Vasquez off waivers from Arizona the day before the end of the 2011 regular season. But they cut the righty on Thursday to clear a 40-man roster spot for the addition of outfielder Darin Mastroianni.
Thu, Feb 9, 2012 04:56:00 PM

Twins claimed RHP Esmerling Vasquez off waivers from the Diamondbacks.

Vasquez was designated for assignment by the Diamondbacks on Friday. The 27-year-old right-hander posted a 4.15 ERA and 20/13 K/BB ratio over 30 1/3 innings at the major league level this season. The hard-thrower has always struggled with his command, so he doesn't look like much more than a middle reliever.
Tue, Sep 27, 2011 05:27:00 PM

Diamondbacks designated RHP Esmerling Vasquez for assignment.

The move was made in order to clear a spot on the 40-man roster for the newly acquired Mike Zagurski. Vasquez posted a 4.15 ERA and 1.32 WHIP in 30-plus innings of relief this season for Arizona and stands a good chance of clearing waivers and remaining in the organization.
Fri, Sep 23, 2011 02:09:00 PM

Diamondbacks optioned RHP Esmerling Vasquez to Triple-A Reno.

Vasquez, 27, has posted a decent 4.15 ERA and 1.32 WHIP in 30-plus innings of relief this season for Arizona. He should climb back to bigs later this summer.
Tue, Jun 28, 2011 02:02:00 PM

Esmerling Vasquez's suspension has been reduced from three games to two.

He will begin serving his two game suspension immediately. Vasquez hit Danny Espinosa during the beanball-war between the Nationals and Diamondbacks last Sunday.
Sat, Jun 11, 2011 06:02:00 PM

Esmerling Vasquez was suspended three games for his actions during Sunday's game against the Nationals.

Vasquez was ejected from Sunday's game in the eighth inning after hitting Danny Espinosa in the back with a pitch. He has appealed the suspension. Diamondbacks manager Kirk Gibson will serve his one-game suspension on Tuesday night.
Tue, Jun 7, 2011 05:17:00 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
1B1Nick Evans
2Brett Pill
3Jesus Guzman
4Mauro Gomez
LF1Fred Lewis
RF1Nick Evans
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Miles Mikolas
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Luis Mendoza