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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
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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

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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

Christian Vazquez went 1-for-4 and drove home a pair of runs in a losing effort against the Blue Jays on Friday night in Toronto.

Vazquez came through with a two-run single in the seventh inning which cut the Jays lead to 5-4. He has had a rough go of it at the plate this season, slashing a mere .223/.263/.330 with one homer and eight RBI.
Fri, May 27, 2016 10:10:00 PM

Christian Vazquez went 1-for-3 with a walk and two runs scored in Thursday's win over the Astros.

Vazquez has raised his batting average nearly 40 points in a two-day stretch, going 4-for-8 with five runs scored in the span. He has just one homer and two RBI but 12 runs scored in 17 games thus far. He's hitting .246/.303/.377 on the year.
Thu, May 12, 2016 11:05:00 PM

Christian Vazquez blasted a two-run homer in the eighth inning on Sunday, propelling the Red Sox to an 8-6 victory over the Yankees.

In a back-and-forth contest, Vazquez provided the biggest blow of the night launching the first pitch he saw from Dellin Betances over the Green Monster in left to break a 6-6 tie. It was the young backstop's only hit in the ballgame as he finished 1-for-4. It has been a struggle at the dish to this point for Vazquez, hitting just .225/.279/.375 with one homer and two RBI.
Sun, May 1, 2016 11:59:00 PM

Christian Vazquez is not in the Red Sox' lineup Friday.

It's just a routine day off. Ryan Hanigan is behind the plate in Vazquez's place.
Fri, Apr 29, 2016 03:07:00 PM

Christian Vazquez is not in the Red Sox' lineup on Friday.

He's just getting a day off. Ryan Hanigan is behind the plate.
Fri, Apr 22, 2016 04:28:00 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Sandy Leon
2Christian Vazquez
1B1Mitch Moreland
2B1Dustin Pedroia
2Josh Rutledge
SS1Xander Bogaerts
3B1Pablo Sandoval
2Brock Holt
LF1Andrew Benintendi
2Chris Young
3Steve Selsky
CF1Jackie Bradley
RF1Mookie Betts
DH1Hanley Ramirez
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Chris Sale
2David Price
3Rick Porcello
4Drew Pomeranz
5Steven Wright
6Eduardo Rodriguez
7Roenis Elias
8Brian Johnson
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Craig Kimbrel
2Tyler Thornburg
3Joe Kelly
4Robbie Ross
5Fernando Abad
6Matt Barnes
7Carson Smith
8Heath Hembree
9Robby Scott