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Christian Vazquez | Catcher | #7

Team: Boston Red Sox
Age / DOB:  (27) / 8/21/1990
Ht / Wt:  5'9" / 198
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: None
Drafted: 2008 / Rd. 9 (0) / BOS
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Christian Vazquez will start behind the plate in Game 4 of the ALDS against the Astros on Monday.
Sandy Leon handled the catching duties in Game 3 on Sunday, but Vazquez will catch Rick Porcello in Game 4. He's batting eighth against right-hander Charlie Morton, assuming the weather cooperates. Oct 9 - 10:40 AM

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Christian Vazquez went 2-for-4 during Saturday's defeat of the Rays.

Both hits were singles. The 27-year-old catcher is known mostly for his defense but made big strides with the bat this year. He had a .227 batting average in 2016 but has boosted that mark up to .301 so far his year. He has five longballs, 31 RBI and seven steals in 305 plate appearances. He will need to develop some more power before becoming a recommended fantasy asset.
Sep 16 - 9:20 PM

Christian Vazquez will hit second Saturday against the Rays.

And now for something completely different. Vazquez has never started a game hitting higher than sixth in the lineup, but he's been red-hot since the All-Star break and the Red Sox are missing some regulars.
Sep 16 - 4:55 PM

Christian Vazquez had a perfect night at the dish Monday against the Blue Jays, going 4-for-4 with a go-ahead two-run homer.

After Hanley Ramirez led off the top of the seventh inning with a single, Vazquez homered off Danny Barnes to put the Red Sox in front. He also singled twice and doubled in the victory. Vazquez has mostly been known for his contributions behind the plate, but he’s batting .439 (25-for-57) with three homers and nine RBI over his last 18 games.
Aug 29 - 12:22 AM

Christian Vazquez went 3-for-3 with a solo homer, a walk, and three runs scored Friday against the Yankees.

It was his first three-hit game since he slugged a walk-off homer against the Indians to begin the month. Not typically known for his offense, Vazquez has a solid .286/.328/.397 batting line with three homers and 24 RBI over 72 games. We’re just not banking on much in the way of fantasy value here.
Aug 18 - 11:39 PM

Christian Vazquez went 3-for-5 with a walkoff three-run homer in the bottom of the ninth as the Red Sox topped the Indians 12-10 on Tuesday.

It was a crazy finish to a game that Vazquez wasn't supposed to start; Sandy Leon is Chris Sale's personal catcher, but he was bothered by a sore knee. Sale ended up turning in his worst start of the season, and Vazquez could have been considered the goat after allowing a go-ahead wild pitch with Craig Kimbrel in the top of the ninth. Instead, Vazquez turned it around in a huge way, hitting just his second homer of the year off a tough closer in Cody Allen. Vazquez is 10-for-17 with six RBI in his last four games, and he seems in line for more playing time. That said, he's probably not going to catch Sale next time out if Leon is healthy.
Aug 1 - 11:33 PM

Christian Vazquez went 3-for-4 with a double, a triple and two RBI in Saturday's win over the Royals.

The triple always seems to be the holdup in attempts at the cycle, but Vazquez actually has two triples this year compared to just one homer in 60 games. Still, the 26-year-old will take the three-hit game, especially since he had just four hits combined since July 4 prior to Saturday. In those 60 games, Vazquez is hitting .262/.300/.354 with 19 RBI and 19 runs scored.
Jul 30 - 12:51 AM

Christian Vazquez hit his first homer, walked twice and stole a base Tuesday versus the Twins.

Vazquez is out-OPSing Sandy Leon .740 to .700 at the moment, and given his strong defense, he really should be getting more playing time. As is, he still has nine fewer plate appearances than Leon.
Jun 28 - 12:48 AM

Christian Vazquez finished 2-for-4 with two RBI and a run scored in Thursday's loss to the Orioles.

The backstop now has multiple hits in four of his last seven games, and he's driven in runs in each of his last three contests. Vazquez has very quietly had a strong year at the plate, batting .348/.378/.467 in 29 games. He's getting the lion's share of the playing time behind the dish and it's a good Red Sox lineup, meaning Vazquez is suddenly a very viable option in two-catcher leagues.
Jun 1 - 11:00 PM

Christian Vazquez is catching his third consecutive game for the Red Sox on Sunday night against the Cubs.

Vazquez seems to have surpassed Sandy Leon as the club's primary backstop. The 26-year-old has been red-hot at the plate, slashing .452/.485/.645 with four RBI in his 33 plate appearances on the season. He's batting eighth against Kyle Hendricks and the Cubs on Sunday.
Apr 30 - 4:30 PM

Christian Vazquez went 4-for-4 with two RBI and two runs scored on Tuesday versus the Orioles.

Vazquez has now reached base in all seven of his plate appearances this season, as he had a double and was hit by a pitch twice in his other start. He had a double, a triple and even stole a base in this one. Despite Vazquez's hot start, Sandy Leon is still in line to do the bulk of the catching in Boston.
Apr 11 - 11:31 PM

Christian Vazquez is making is first start of the 2017 season on Saturday against the Tigers.

Sandy Leon has exclusively handled the work behind the plate through the season's first three games. Vazquez will bat eighth against Jordan Zimmermann and the Tigers on Saturday.
Apr 8 - 11:04 AM

Christian Vazquez notched two hits Thursday in the Red Sox’s Grapefruit League win over the Pirates.

Vazquez singled to open the third inning and later scored on a sac fly by Brock Holt. He struck out in his next at-bat but finished the night on a high note by singling again in the seventh. Vazquez, who is now hitting .250 over 20 at-bats this spring, is competing at catcher with Sandy Leon and Blake Swihart. Leon and Vazquez are both out of minor league options, which means Swihart is likely ticketed for Triple-A.
Mar 16 - 9:18 PM

Brian MacPherson of the Providence Journal believes that Christian Vazquez has a chance to unseat Sandy Leon as the Red Sox' starting catcher this spring.

While Leon had a breakout season offensively in 2016 and is the leader coming into camp, he grades out poorly in pitch framing, costing his 4.7 runs in 2016. Vazquez meanwhile, is a highly-regarded defender and was credited with seven defensive runs saved from pitch framing last season, the 17th best mark in all of baseball. If both backstops are hitting similarly during spring training, there's a chance Vazquez could get the nod.
Feb 18 - 8:03 AM

Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic reports that the Diamondbacks have inquired on Christian Vazquez and Blake Swihart.

The D'Backs are considering adding more catching help even with Chris Herrmann and Jeff Mathis already on the roster. It's natural that general manager Mike Hazen would check in with his former organization since they have a catching surplus, but Piecoro was told the Red Sox are unlikely to deal either Vazquez or Swihart. Neither are slated to start in Boston, but Vazquez is under team control through 2020, while Swihart is under control through 2021.
Fri, Dec 30, 2016 08:39:00 AM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Sandy Leon
2Christian Vazquez
3Blake Swihart
1B1Sam Travis
2B1Dustin Pedroia
2Deven Marrero
3Esteban Quiroz
SS1Xander Bogaerts
3B1Rafael Devers
2Brock Holt
3Marco Hernandez
4Tzu-Wei Lin
LF1Andrew Benintendi
CF1Jackie Bradley
RF1Mookie Betts
2Bryce Brentz
DH1Hanley Ramirez
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Chris Sale
2David Price
3Rick Porcello
4Drew Pomeranz
5Steven Wright
6Eduardo Rodriguez
7Jalen Beeks
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Craig Kimbrel
2Joe Kelly
3Matt Barnes
4Carson Smith
5Heath Hembree
6Brandon Workman
7Austin Maddox
8Robby Scott
9Roenis Elias
10Hector Velazquez
11Tyler Thornburg
12Williams Jerez
13Chandler Shepherd
14Ty Buttrey