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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
Contract: view contract details

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Red Sox signed C Christian Vazquez to a three-year, $13.55 million contract extension.
The contract will lock up the backstop through the 2021 season, buying out his final two years of arbitration and his first season of free agency. The Red Sox also receive a $7 million club option for the 2022 season. Mar 24 - 10:32 AM

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Christian Vazquez went 2-for-4 and hit his second homer Thursday against the Orioles.

With one strikeout and no walks in 31 at-bats, Vazquez is putting everything in play this spring. It's working out, too, as he's hit .323 with a .613 slugging percentage.
Mar 22 - 6:27 PM

Christian Vazquez hit his first spring homer Thursday against the Blue Jays.

Blake Swihart and Sandy Leon both have 1.000+ OPSs this spring, but Vazquez isn't doing too badly himself; he's hitting .333 with three extra-base hits in 21 at-bats. He's set to serve as Boston's primary catcher after posting surprisingly decent offensive numbers last year.
Mar 15 - 5:56 PM

Red Sox and C Christian Vazquez avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $1.425 million contract.

Vazquez was arbitration-eligible for the first time. The young catcher sported a .290/.330/.404 batting line with five home runs last season.
Jan 12 - 4:17 PM

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.
Mon, Oct 9, 2017 10:40:00 AM

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.
Sat, Sep 16, 2017 09:20:00 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.
Sat, Sep 16, 2017 04:55:00 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.
Tue, Aug 29, 2017 12:22:00 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.
Fri, Aug 18, 2017 11:39:00 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.
Tue, Aug 1, 2017 11:33:00 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.
Sun, Jul 30, 2017 12:51:00 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.
Wed, Jun 28, 2017 12:48:00 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.
Thu, Jun 1, 2017 11:00:00 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.
Sun, Apr 30, 2017 04:30:00 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.
Tue, Apr 11, 2017 11:31:00 PM

Depth Charts

C1Christian Vazquez
2Sandy Leon
3Blake Swihart
1B1Hanley Ramirez
2Mitch Moreland
2B1Dustin Pedroia
2Eduardo Nunez
3Brock Holt
SS1Xander Bogaerts
3B1Rafael Devers
2Marco Hernandez
LF1Andrew Benintendi
CF1Jackie Bradley
RF1Mookie Betts
DH1J.D. Martinez
Starting Pitcher
S1Chris Sale
2David Price
3Rick Porcello
4Drew Pomeranz
5Eduardo Rodriguez
Relief Pitcher
R1Craig Kimbrel
2Carson Smith
3Matt Barnes
4Tyler Thornburg
5Joe Kelly
6Heath Hembree
7Austin Maddox
8Hector Velazquez
9Brian Johnson
10Steven Wright
11Bobby Poyner