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Christian Vazquez | Catcher | #7

Team: Boston Red Sox
Age / DOB:  (26) / 8/21/1990
Ht / Wt:  5'9" / 198
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: None
Drafted: 2008 / Rd. 9 (0) / BOS
Contract: view contract details

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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

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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

Christian Vazquez is on the Red Sox roster for the ALDS.

He made the cut over Ryan Hanigan and Bryan Holaday. Vazquez, an excellent defender, will serve as the backup to starting Red Sox catcher Sandy Leon in the best-of-five American League Division Series versus Cleveland.
Thu, Oct 6, 2016 10:51:00 AM

Red Sox recalled C Christian Vazquez from Triple-A Pawtucket.

Vazquez will give the Red Sox depth at catcher for the stretch run. The 26-year-old batted just .226/.278/.305 in 176 plate appearances earlier this season with Boston.
Mon, Sep 5, 2016 11:28:00 AM

Red Sox optioned C Christian Vazquez to Triple-A Pawtucket.

The Red Sox are also set to activate Ryan Hanigan from the disabled list, so they ultimately decided to keep Sandy Leon around rather than expose him to waivers, where they'd almost certainly leave him. Vazquez is excellent behind the plate, but he's batting just .226/.278/.305 over 51 games this season. He'll be back soon enough.
Mon, Jul 4, 2016 05:37:00 PM

The Red Sox are considering optioning Christian Vazquez to Triple-A Pawtucket when Ryan Hanigan (neck) returns from the disabled list later this week.

Vazquez is sporting an ugly .212/.261/.298 batting line on the season. He's known as a defensive catcher and the Red Sox certainly aren't hurting for offense, so they can deal with his poor showing at the plate. However, the bigger concern here is they don't want to expose Sandy Leon to waivers. Leon is 12-for-22 at the plate and is a quality defensive catcher himself. The club also could think a little time in the minors for Vazquez could do his offense some good after he missed so much time rehabbing from Tommy John surgery. Unless they want to carry three catchers for a while, Boston will have a tough decision to make soon.
Source: Boston Globe
Sun, Jun 26, 2016 08:54:00 AM

Christian Vazquez went 2-for-4 with an RBI single in Monday's loss to the White Sox.

Vazquez had two of his team's five hits against Miguel Gonzalez and company, and his RBI base hit in the seventh inning tied the score before the White Sox won it in the 10th. Serving as the team's primary backstop this year, the 25-year-old is batting just .221/.257/.310 in 43 games. The Sox lineup has no issue scoring runs and Vazquez isn't in there for his stick, though, so he'll continue to see the majority of the time behind the dish going forward.
Mon, Jun 20, 2016 11:33:00 PM

Depth Charts

C1Sandy Leon
2Christian Vazquez
1B1Mitch Moreland
2B1Dustin Pedroia
SS1Xander Bogaerts
3B1Rafael Devers
2Eduardo Nunez
3Brock Holt
4Josh Rutledge
5Marco Hernandez
LF1Andrew Benintendi
2Chris Young
CF1Jackie Bradley
RF1Mookie Betts
DH1Hanley Ramirez
Starting Pitcher
S1Chris Sale
2David Price
3Rick Porcello
4Drew Pomeranz
5Steven Wright
6Eduardo Rodriguez
7Doug Fister
8Roenis Elias
Relief Pitcher
R1Craig Kimbrel
2Addison Reed
3Joe Kelly
4Matt Barnes
5Carson Smith
6Heath Hembree
7Fernando Abad
8Brandon Workman
9Blaine Boyer
10Ben Taylor
11Robbie Ross
12Tyler Thornburg