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Felipe Vázquez | Relief Pitcher | #73

Team: Pittsburgh Pirates
Age / DOB:  (26) / 7/5/1991
Ht / Wt:  6'2" / 209
Bats / Throws: Left / Left
College: None
Drafted: 2008 / UDFA / TB
Contract: view contract details
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Felipe Rivero has legally changed his name to Felipe Vázquez.
Vázquez is the surname of the reliever's sister, Prescilla, who he lives with in the offseason. The closer expects the Pirates to change the name on the back of his jersey soon. "I think [the Pirates] know already, but I think they’re making it, so I don’t know when they’re going to be ready," he said Monday. "They might be ready already." Apr 9 - 7:44 PM

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Felipe Rivero pitched a scoreless ninth inning Thursday against the Reds to earn his third save of the season.

Rivero yielded a single but nothing more, striking out one to pin down the save. It was his third save in as many tries and his third consecutive scoreless outing after a disastrous showing in the season opener. He's got six strikeouts compared to two hits and no walks in those three innings of work since that meltdown.
Apr 5 - 10:01 PM

Felipe Rivero picked up his first save of the season in a victory over the Tigers on Sunday.

A night-and-day difference for Rivero on Sunday than his first appearance of the year on Friday. He struck out all three hitters he faced, and he needed just 14 pitches to wipe out the Detroit lineup. Rivero's command isn't elite, but the stuff is, and he's going to have more days like Sunday's than he did the previous time out. He could have a huge year if Pittsburgh gives him enough save opportunities to do so.
Apr 1 - 3:50 PM

Felipe Rivero struggled to throw strikes against the Tigers in a blown save on Friday, giving up four runs in 1/3 inning.

Rivero only gave up one hit, but the three walks doomed him on Friday. The southpaw reliever has electric stuff, but he has battled control issues before in his career. He has the potential to be one of the best closers in the National League -- maybe even all of baseball -- but his wild streaks make outings like this possible. Don't let one bad appearance sour your outlook on him, however.
Mar 30 - 6:50 PM

Felipe Rivero finished his spring with a perfect inning against the Phillies on Tuesday.

That's a good thing, given that he's had a shaky spring. He's still a top-five closer in our book.
Mar 27 - 4:28 PM

Felipe Rivero walked three and was charged with four unearned run while getting just one out Thursday against the Yankees.

Rivero has had a couple of very shaky outings this month, though since seven of the nine runs he's allowed have been unearned, his ERA stands at 3.60. He wasn't going crazy with the walks before this one, so it's not panic time right now.
Mar 15 - 5:33 PM

Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that the Pirates are signing Felipe Rivero to a four-year contract extension with club options for 2022 and 2023.

The new contract buys out all of the closer's arbitration years and potentially two free agent years. Rosenthal says Rivero will be guaranteed at least $22 million in the deal and that the options are each worth $10 million. It's a bit of good news for Pirates fans on a day when they traded franchise icon Andrew McCutchen to the Giants. Rivero has emerged as one of the elite relievers in the game, having put up a 1.67 ERA and 88/20 K/BB ratio over 75 1/3 innings in 2017.
Jan 15 - 5:38 PM

Felipe Rivero requested $2.9 million and was offered $2.4 million by the Pirates when arbitration figures were exchanged on Friday.

Rivero is eligible for arbitration for the first time. The 26-year-old broke out as one of the better closers in the league last year by saving 21 games and notching a 1.67 ERA with 88 strikeouts in 75 1/3 innings.
Jan 12 - 6:36 PM

Felipe Rivero said Saturday that he's open to a long-term deal with the Pirates and that his agent will meet with the club at the upcoming Winter Meetings.

Rivero excelled as the Pirates' closer in 2017, posting a 1.67 ERA, 0.89 WHIP and 88/20 K/BB ratio over 75 1/3 innings. He's arbitration-eligible for the first time this winter and currently under team control through the 2021 season.
Sat, Dec 9, 2017 10:23:00 AM

Felipe Rivero pitched a scoreless ninth inning Saturday against the Nationals to earn his 21st save of the season.

Rivero struck out one and needed just nine pitches to finish off the Nats. The 26-year-old has been everything the Bucs had hoped he would be when they acquired him from said Nationals last season, owning a 1.67 ERA, 0.89 WHIP and 88/20 K/BB ratio over 75 1/3 innings this year.
Sat, Sep 30, 2017 10:48:00 PM

Felipe Rivero notched his 20th save of the season by firing a scoreless frame against the Orioles on Wednesday.

He made things interesting by surrendering a one-out double to Anthony Santander but was able to strike out the next batter and then end the game with a fly ball to center field. The former National has been one of the best closers in baseball since he took over the ninth inning from Tony Watson early in the summer. He now owns a 1.70 ERA with 87 strikeouts in 74 1/3 innings.
Wed, Sep 27, 2017 10:18:00 PM

Felipe Rivero earned his 19th save of the season Sunday afternoon against the Cardinals.

Rivero retired all three batters he faced in the top of the ninth inning, two via strikeout. The hard-throwing 26-year-old left-hander owns an excellent 1.72 ERA, 0.90 WHIP, and 86/20 K/BB ratio in 73 1/3 innings this season with Pittsburgh and he should rank as a top-tier fantasy closer (or close to it) leading into 2018.
Sun, Sep 24, 2017 04:45:00 PM

Felipe Rivero worked a scoreless ninth inning Monday in the Pirates' defeat of the Brewers.

It was a non-save situation with Pittsburgh leading 7-0. Rivero, who hadn't pitched in six days, now boasts a 1.56 ERA, 0.88 WHIP, and 83/19 K/BB ratio in 69 1/3 innings this season out of the Pirates' bullpen.
Mon, Sep 11, 2017 11:17:00 PM

Felipe Rivero posted a dominant 1-2-3 ninth inning to notch his 18th save of the season in Tuesday's win over the Cubs.

The Cubs had no chance against "Nightmare," as Jason Heyward and Jon Jay went down swinging and Albert Almora grounded out. Rivero threw 10 of 11 pitches for strikes to seal the one-run victory. He and Wade LeBlanc combined to threw four perfect innings in relief of Steven Brault, who was shaky over five frames.
Tue, Sep 5, 2017 09:57:00 PM

Felipe Rivero will be unavailable Monday.

Rivero has pitched each of the last two games and threw 31 pitches on Sunday, so the Pirates will back off him. Daniel Hudson is likely to fill in if a save chance presents itself.
Mon, Sep 4, 2017 01:30:00 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Francisco Cervelli
2Elias Diaz
1B1Josh Bell
2B1Josh Harrison
2Adam Frazier
3Sean Rodriguez
4Max Moroff
SS1Jordy Mercer
3B1Colin Moran
2David Freese
3Jung Ho Kang
LF1Corey Dickerson
2Adam Frazier
CF1Starling Marte
RF1Gregory Polanco
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Ivan Nova
2Jameson Taillon
3Chad Kuhl
4Trevor Williams
5Joe Musgrove
6Steven Brault
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Felipe Vázquez
2Michael Feliz
3George Kontos
4Edgar Santana
5Kyle Crick
6Enny Romero
7Tyler Glasnow
8A.J. Schugel
9Richard Rodriguez
10Nik Turley
11Nick Burdi