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Career Summary
Years PA AVG OBP SLG DRC+ WARP
4 999 .246 .296 .335 79 6.7
Birth Date8-21-1990
Height5' 9"
Weight195 lbs
Age28 years, 4 months, 28 days
BatsR
ThrowsR
1.92014
2015
0.92016
2.62017
1.42018
WARP Summary

MLB Statistics

YEAR TEAM AGE G PA H 2B 3B HR BB SO HBP SB CS AVG OBP SLG DRC+ DRAA BRR FRAA BWARP
2014 BOS 23 55 201 42 9 0 1 19 33 0 0 0 .240 .308 .309 79 -3.9 -1.8 14.2 1.9
2016 BOS 25 57 184 39 9 1 1 10 39 2 0 0 .227 .277 .308 67 -6.6 -0.7 7.8 0.9
2017 BOS 26 99 345 94 18 2 5 17 64 3 7 2 .290 .330 .404 89 -3.3 -3.3 16.4 2.6
2018 BOS 27 80 269 52 10 0 3 13 41 4 4 1 .207 .257 .283 76 -6.7 -0.4 8.3 1.4
Career29199922746310591779113.246.296.33579-20.6-6.246.76.7

Statistics for All Levels

'opp' stats - Quality of opponents faced - have been moved and are available only as OPP_QUAL in the Statistics reports now.
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YEAR Team Lg G PA oppAVG oppOBP oppSLG BABIP BPF BRAA repLVL POS_ADJ DRC+ DRC+ SD FRAA BRR DRAA BWARP
2008 RSX Rk 21 65 .267 .345 .350 .262 87 -5.8 2.1 1.3 58 3 0.3 0.5 -6.8 -0.2
2009 LOW A- 21 76 .249 .329 .366 .128 98 -4 2.2 0.9 102 3 0.0 -1.3 0.1 0.2
2009 RSX Rk 10 41 .242 .328 .334 .345 89 0.3 1.2 0.5 127 3 -0.6 -0.3 2.9 0.4
2010 GRN A 79 299 .252 .325 .364 .332 98 -7.3 9.3 3 94 1 6.2 -2.2 -1.9 1.5
2011 GRN A 105 444 .260 .331 .389 .316 112 12.7 12.9 6.9 135 2 5.8 -3.5 20.7 4.4
2012 SLM A+ 81 342 .254 .326 .386 .326 98 5.8 10.2 5.4 114 2 5.7 -0.8 6.5 2.7
2012 PME AA 20 82 .254 .327 .387 .231 105 -5.8 2.3 1.4 90 2 4.5 0.7 -0.7 0.9
2012 MAN Wnt 9 28 .000 .000 .000 .375 0.0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2012 SUR Wnt 10 43 .000 .000 .000 .320 0.0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2013 PME AA 96 399 .252 .325 .382 .316 102 10.1 10.9 6.2 115 1 28.4 1.2 8.0 5.9
2013 PAW AAA 1 4 .282 .340 .413 .000 102 -0.5 0.1 0.1 114 2 0.0 0.0 0.1 0.0
2014 BOS MLB 55 201 .242 .308 .372 .283 102 -4 5.2 3.1 79 24 14.2 -1.8 -3.9 1.9
2014 PAW AAA 66 270 .260 .330 .390 .340 95 -2.3 8.1 2.8 83 1 7.2 0.8 -5.0 1.4
2015 MAY Wnt 4 15 .000 .000 .000 .250 0.0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2016 BOS MLB 57 184 .257 .323 .427 .288 113 -11.6 5.2 3.1 67 14 7.8 -0.7 -6.6 0.9
2016 PAW AAA 42 171 .255 .312 .379 .325 96 1.6 4.8 2.8 97 1 5.2 0.3 -0.2 1.3
2017 BOS MLB 99 345 .250 .318 .418 .348 105 -5.7 10.1 5.8 89 19 16.4 -3.3 -3.3 2.6
2018 BOS MLB 80 269 .252 .321 .422 .237 106 -16.9 7.5 4.4 76 16 8.3 -0.4 -6.7 1.4
2018 PME AA 1 3 .296 .341 .463 .333 107 0.4 0.1 0.1 103 1 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2018 PAW AAA 3 12 .237 .315 .381 .300 90 -0.7 0.4 0.1 102 4 0.0 0.4 0.1 0.1

Statistics For All Levels

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Year Team Lg PA AB R H 2B 3B HR TB RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG ISO SF SH
2008 RSX Rk 65 58 7 11 1 0 0 12 5 6 17 0 0 .190 .262 .207 .017 1 1
2009 LOW A- 76 65 4 8 2 0 2 16 9 11 16 0 0 .123 .250 .246 .123 0 0
2009 RSX Rk 41 36 5 10 5 0 0 15 7 4 7 0 0 .278 .366 .417 .139 0 0
2010 GRN A 299 270 34 71 11 0 3 91 32 23 62 3 1 .263 .330 .337 .074 0 0
2011 GRN A 444 392 71 111 27 3 18 198 84 43 84 1 1 .283 .358 .505 .222 4 0
2012 PME AA 82 73 11 15 4 0 0 19 5 8 9 0 0 .206 .280 .260 .055 1 0
2012 MAN Wnt 28 24 5 7 2 1 1 14 3 3 7 0 0 .292 .393 .583 .292 0 0
2012 SUR Wnt 43 35 4 9 3 0 1 15 3 8 9 0 1 .257 .395 .429 .171 0 0
2012 SLM A+ 342 293 43 78 17 0 7 116 41 40 70 2 2 .266 .360 .396 .130 2 3
2013 PME AA 399 342 48 99 19 1 5 135 48 47 44 7 5 .289 .376 .395 .105 4 3
2013 PAW AAA 4 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 .000 .250 .000 .000 0 0
2014 BOS MLB 201 175 15 42 9 0 1 54 20 19 33 0 0 .240 .308 .309 .069 4
2014 PAW AAA 270 244 35 68 17 0 3 94 20 21 52 0 1 .279 .336 .385 .107 2
2015 MAY Wnt 15 15 0 3 1 0 0 4 1 0 3 0 0 .200 .200 .267 .067 0 0
2016 BOS MLB 184 172 21 39 9 1 1 53 12 10 39 0 0 .227 .277 .308 .081 0 0
2016 PAW AAA 171 152 19 41 9 0 2 56 16 15 31 2 0 .270 .345 .368 .099 1 0
2017 BOS MLB 345 324 43 94 18 2 5 131 32 17 64 7 2 .290 .330 .404 .114 1 0
2018 PAW AAA 12 11 1 3 0 0 0 3 1 1 1 0 0 .273 .333 .273 .000 0 0
2018 PME AA 3 2 1 1 0 0 0 1 3 0 0 0 0 .500 .333 .500 .000 1 0
2018 BOS MLB 269 251 24 52 10 0 3 71 16 13 41 4 1 .207 .257 .283 .076 0 1

Plate Discipline

YEAR Pits Zone% Swing% Contact% Z-Swing% O-Swing% Z-Contact% O-Contact% SwStr% CSAA
2014 801 0.4782 0.4070 0.8252 0.5718 0.2560 0.8950 0.6822 0.1748 -0.0029
2016 740 0.4851 0.4730 0.8343 0.6156 0.3386 0.8959 0.7287 0.1657 0.0000
2017 1344 0.4896 0.4420 0.8249 0.5547 0.3338 0.8795 0.7380 0.1751 0.0000
2018 1011 0.4817 0.4876 0.8580 0.6530 0.3340 0.9277 0.7314 0.1420 0.0000
Career38960.48440.45250.83530.59530.31880.89830.72300.1647-0.0006

Injury History  —  No longer being updated

Last Update: 12/31/2014 23:59 ET

Date On Date Off Transaction Days Games Side Body Part Injury Severity Surgery Date Reaggravation

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2022 BOS $250,000
2021 BOS $6,250,000
2020 BOS $4,200,000
2019 BOS $2,850,000
2018 BOS $1,425,000
2017 BOS $561,000
2016 BOS $513,000
2015 BOS $512,500
YearsDescriptionSalary
4 yrPrevious$3,011,500
2018Current$2,850,000
5 yrPvs + Cur$5,861,500
3 yrFuture$10,700,000
8 yrTotal$16,561,500

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
4 y 31 dMDR Sports1 year/$1.425M (2018)

Details
  • 3 years/$13.55M (2019-21), plus 2022 club option. Signed extension with Boston 3/24/18. 19:$2.85M, 20:$4.2M, 21:$6.25M, 22:$7M club option ($0.25M buyout). 2022 option may increase by $1M to $8M with 502 plate appearances in both 2020 and 2021. Vazquez to make donation to club charity.
  • 1 year/$1.425M (2018). Re-signed by Boston 1/12/18 (avoided arbitration).
  • 1 year (2017). Re-signed by Boston 3/17.
  • 1 year/$0.513M (2016). Re-signed by Boston 3/2/16.
  • 1 year/$0.5125M (2015). Re-signed by Boston 3/8/15.
  • 1 year (2014). Re-signed by Boston 3/7/14.
  • 1 year/$0.49M (2013). Contract purchased by Boston 11/20/12. Re-signed by Boston 3/2/13.
  • Drafted by Boston 2008 (9-292) (Puerto Rico Baseball Academy, Gurabo, P.R.). $80,000 signing bonus.

2018 Preseason Forecast

Last Update: 1/27/2017 12:35 ET

PCT PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG TAv VORP FRAA WARP
90o 437 49 120 26 2 6 44 34 80 5 2 .303 .362 .424 .275 30.2 C 12 3.7
80o 418 45 108 23 1 5 40 31 78 5 2 .284 .343 .389 .263 20.9 C 12 3.0
70o 404 42 102 22 1 5 38 29 77 5 1 .276 .333 .382 .255 14.5 C 11 2.5
60o 393 40 97 21 1 5 36 27 76 4 1 .270 .325 .376 .247 9.5 C 11 2.0
50o 382 38 91 19 1 5 34 26 75 4 1 .260 .315 .363 .240 5.0 C 11 1.6
40o 371 36 85 18 1 4 32 24 74 4 1 .249 .303 .343 .233 0.8 C 10 1.3
30o 360 34 80 17 1 4 31 23 73 4 1 .242 .295 .335 .226 -3.5 C 10 0.9
20o 346 32 75 16 1 4 29 21 71 3 1 .234 .284 .328 .217 -8.2 C 10 0.5
10o 327 29 66 14 1 3 26 19 69 3 1 .217 .266 .299 .205 -13.9 C 9 0.0
Weighted Mean3853993201535267541.263.318.368.2426.2C 111.7

Preseason Long-Term Forecast (Beyond the 2018 Projections)

Playing time estimates are based on performance, not Depth Charts.
Year Age PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB AVG OBP SLG TAv WARP VORP BRR POS_ADJ REP_ADJ RAA FRAA
201928391439120163829814.256.315.372.2371.53.5-2.04.610.5-9.610.3
202029396449220173930823.256.318.374.2401.74.7-2.14.510.6-8.411.2
202130385439119173828822.259.318.376.2411.75.0-2.04.310.3-7.610.9
202231371418618163728771.258.320.375.2411.64.5-2.04.110.0-7.610.5
202332361408418163527770.256.316.372.2391.53.4-2.03.89.7-8.110.2
202433334377917163325710.256.317.370.2381.43.1-1.83.59.0-7.69.4
202534322357516153124670.256.316.367.2381.32.5-1.83.28.7-7.69.1
202635310347316153023660.256.316.369.2381.22.6-1.73.08.3-7.18.7
202736294326915152822630.256.315.368.2371.12.1-1.62.87.9-7.08.3

Comparable Players (Similarity Index 80)

Rank Score Name Year COMP_DRC_PLUS Trend
1 90 Tony Cruz 2014 ?
2 90 Yorvit Torrealba 2006 ?
3 87 James McCann 2017 ?
4 85 JD Closser 2007 ? DNP
5 85 Josh Thole 2014 ?
6 84 Ronny Paulino 2008 ?
7 83 Dioner Navarro 2011 ?
8 83 Lou Marson 2013 ?
9 83 Hank Conger 2015 ?
10 82 Willy Aybar 2010 ?
11 82 Martin Maldonado 2014 ?
12 81 Brandon Phillips 2008 ?
13 81 Jeff Mathis 2010 ?
14 81 Bryan Holaday 2015 ?
15 80 Jonathan Lucroy 2013 ?
16 80 Rob Johnson 2010 ?
17 80 Rick Cerone 1981 ?
18 80 Fred Kendall 1976 ?
19 80 Hector Sanchez 2017 ?
20 80 Angel Pagan 2009 ?
21 80 Clint Courtney 1954 ?
22 80 Daniel Descalso 2014 ?
23 80 Mark Salas 1988 ?
24 80 Charlie Moore 1980 ?
25 80 Felix Pie 2012 ? DNP
26 80 DJ LeMahieu 2016 ?
27 80 Alex Cintron 2006 ?
28 80 Eduardo Escobar 2016 ?
29 80 Darrin Fletcher 1994 ?
30 80 Eleutero Encarnacion 1996 ?
31 80 Geno Petralli 1987 ?
32 80 Milt May 1978 ?
33 79 Lastings Milledge 2012 ? DNP
34 79 Steve Clevenger 2013 ?
35 79 Chris Snyder 2008 ?
36 79 Aaron Hicks 2017 ?
37 79 Hal Naragon 1956 ?
38 79 Trevor Crowe 2011 ?
39 79 Scott Servais 1994 ?
40 79 Buck Martinez 1976 ?
41 79 Ramon Hernandez 2003 ?
42 79 Michael Barrett 2004 ?
43 79 Mike Lieberthal 1999 ?
44 79 Darwin Barney 2013 ?
45 79 Jason Jaramillo 2010 ?
46 79 Chris Bando 1983 ?
47 79 Ron Hassey 1980 ?
48 79 Greg Myers 1993 ?
49 79 Marv Foley 1981 ? DNP
50 79 A.J. Pollock 2015 ?
51 79 Nick Ahmed 2017 ?
52 79 Didi Gregorius 2017 ?
53 79 Shane Victorino 2008 ?
54 78 Matt Dominguez 2017 ? DNP
55 78 Steve Nicosia 1983 ?
56 78 Ramon Cabrera 2017 ? DNP
57 78 Cam Carreon 1965 ?
58 78 Andy LaRoche 2011 ?
59 78 Joe Azcue 1967 ?
60 78 Jim Price 1969 ?
61 78 Nick Green 2006 ?
62 78 Coco Crisp 2007 ?
63 78 Donovan Solano 2015 ?
64 78 Mike Brumley 1966 ?
65 78 Jim Sundberg 1978 ?
66 78 Jeremy Reed 2008 ?
67 78 Mike Fitzgerald 1988 ?
68 78 J. C. Martin 1964 ?
69 78 Kirt Manwaring 1993 ?
70 78 Jace Peterson 2017 ?
71 78 Wiki Gonzalez 2001 ?
72 78 Chris Getz 2011 ?
73 78 Dave Skaggs 1978 ?
74 78 Jose Tabata 2016 ? DNP
75 78 Tyler Saladino 2017 ?
76 78 Bengie Molina 2002 ?
77 78 Alan Ashby 1979 ?
78 78 Sandy Alomar Jr. 1993 ?
79 78 Kurt Suzuki 2011 ?
80 78 Brad Ausmus 1996 ?
81 78 Josh Barfield 2010 ? DNP
82 78 Luis Gonzalez 2006 ?
83 78 Mike Macfarlane 1991 ?
84 78 Carlos Hernandez 1994 ?
85 78 Marc Hill 1979 ?
86 78 Joe Garagiola 1953 ?
87 78 Brian Schneider 2004 ?
88 78 Gerald Laird 2007 ?
89 78 Dan Walters 1994 ? DNP
90 77 Don Slaught 1986 ?
91 77 Mike Heath 1982 ?
92 77 Ron Brand 1967 ?
93 77 Hal Smith 1958 ?
94 77 Guillermo Quiroz 2009 ?
95 77 Dick Bertell 1963 ?
96 77 Eduardo Nunez 2014 ?
97 77 Brent Mayne 1995 ?
98 77 Hobie Landrith 1957 ?
99 77 John Wockenfuss 1976 ?
100 77 Brian Dozier 2014 ?

Platoon

SORT_FIELD PLATOON AVG OBP SLG DRC+
10 vs L (Multi) .266 .358 .390 ?
11 vs R (Multi) .216 .259 .283 ?
11 vs U (Multi) 1.000 1.000 1.000 ?
18 Split (Multi) -.050 -.099 -.107 ?
19 LgAvg (Multi) -.010 -.021 -.029 ?
30 vs L (2016) .286 .375 .429 ?
31 vs R (2016) .206 .245 .272 ?
31 vs U (2016) 1.000 1.000 1.000 ?
38 Split (2016) -.080 -.130 -.157 ?
39 LgAvg (2016) -.008 -.018 -.027 ?

Definition of multi-year splits

BP Annual Player Comments

YearComment
2018 Last year’s Annual comment suggested Vazquez consult with a sorceress to resurrect his bat. You’re welcome for the sage advice, Christian. Vazquez benefited from a .348 BABIP to post the best TAv of his short career, but there were real improvements in his approach, too. Vazquez went the other way with the ball more than ever and cut down on his strikeouts. Pair those advancements with the stellar defensive metrics you’d expect from a guy with Vazquez’s reputation and you get a solid starting catcher. We’ve long joked about Vazquez being a secret member of the Molina family, but our Similarity Index spits out a different, equally interesting name as Vazquez’s top comp: Jonathan Lucroy. That might be a tad optimistic, but if Vazquez keeps stealing strikes behind the plate and sporadically homering off of the game’s best relievers (this year it was Cody Allen), the Sox will take it.
2017 If you thought The Walking Dead had 2016’s ugliest moment with a bat, you didn’t catch much of Vazquez as a hitter. The defensive wunderkind finished 51st in TAv among catchers with at least 150 plate appearances, behind Juan Centeno, Kevin Plawecki and the sentient remains of A.J. Ellis. Seriously, Vazquez’s at-bats were so lifeless, Peter King kept asking baristas if they’d heard about them. Our catching metrics still love Vazquez as a framer, but his arm looked more good than legendary in his first post-Tommy John season. And his much-ballyhooed rapport with the pitching staff? It mattered so much in April that the Sox screwed with Blake Swihart, but so little by July that Vazquez lost playing time to Ryan Hanigan and Bryan frickin Holaday. In the era of three-year contracts for Jason Castro, players like Vazquez have value. But his bat needs some quality alone time with Melisandre if Vazquez is to be anything more than a backup.
2016 The Red Sox feature no shortage of exciting young players, but fans who'd suffered through Victor Martinez, Jarrod Saltalamacchia and A.J. Pierzynski were especially excited to watch Vazquez's defensive prowess last season. They were robbed of that chance on March 13th, when Vazquez threw out True Yankee Tyler Wade in a Grapefruit League matchup and his elbow popped. The good news is he will have had just about a full year to recover from Tommy John surgery, and he's expected to be ready for spring training. The bad news is his arm was his best weapon, and while his bat isn't so lifeless as to preclude the possibility of him starting for a first-division team, defense—specifically his ability to mow down runners—is his calling card. Vazquez showed great promise as a pitch-framer and game-caller in his rookie campaign, so even if his arm doesn't come all the way back, he's in for a long career. Any lingering TJ effects would be a damn shame, though, because he had the Molina Starter Kit in his toolbag before he went under the knife.
2015 If Fausto Carmona and Leo Nunez fooled you with their noms de play, you can be forgiven. But if you've truly been duped into believing Vazquez isn't the fourth Molina brother, you're not paying attention. Just 55 games into his MLB career, Vazquez already has a well earned reputation as one of the majors' best defensive catchers. He's an excellent pitch-framer, blocks the ball well and has an absurd arm, throwing out 15 of 29 would-be basestealers in the majors last season with pop times under 1.8 seconds. While he'll need to hit better than he did in 2014 to start for a contender, the bar is set at merely "passable" given the glove's value. The dream is that he ends up somewhere between Yadier and Bengie on the Molina scale for offense, but even if it's more likely he settles between Bengie and Jose, he's still an exciting young backstop.
2014 Blake Swihart deservedly gets the attention, but Vazquez has a real chance to be much better as a major-league backstop than as a prospect. Vazquez's pop times are off-the-charts ridiculous, scouts and his coaches laud him for his precocious handling of the pitching staff and the Brothers Molina think enough of him to include him in their offseason training in Puerto Rico. While Vazquez could thrive as an all-defense backup, he has real offensive skills. Vazquez is patient, and while his defense has pushed him through the system faster than his bat would have liked, he batted .289/.376/.395 with more walks than strikeouts at Double-A. As Vazquez adjusts slowly to new levels, a full season at Triple-A is key to having him ready for 2015 and the potential hole behind the plate in Boston.

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Advanced Catching Metrics

Year Lg CSAA Framing Runs Blocking Chances EPAA Blocking Runs SB Attempts SRAA TRAA Throwing Runs FRAA Adj. FRAA
2013 AAA -.001 0.0 18 .000 0.0 2 .021 .000 0.0 0.2 0.0
2014 MLB .031 13.6 2174 .001 -0.8 26 -.082 .001 1.2 14.9 14.2
2014 AAA .011 7.1 2296 .000 0.0 39 -.059 .000 1.6 9.8 7.2
2016 AAA .012 5.4 0 .000 0.0 23 -.015 .000 0.2 5.5 5.2
2016 MLB .019 8.6 2086 .002 -0.8 22 .011 -.004 -0.1 7.5 7.8
2017 MLB .017 15.5 4134 -.001 1.0 41 -.085 -.004 2.4 19.6 16.4
2018 AAA .000 0.0 30 .000 0.0 2 .008 .001 0.0 0.0 0.0
2018 MLB .013 9.0 3117 .000 0.1 32 -.005 -.003 0.1 9.0 8.3

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