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2019 Projections (Rest of Season Projections - seasonal age 28)
PA AVG HR R RBI SB DRC+ WARP
317 .253 6 34 30 4 84 1.7
Birth Date8-21-1990
Height5' 9"
Weight195 lbs
Age28 years, 6 months, 1 days
BatsR
ThrowsR
2015
0.82016
2.72017
1.22018
1.72019
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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 -4.4 -1.8 14.2 1.8
2016 BOS 25 57 184 39 9 1 1 10 39 2 0 0 .227 .277 .308 64 -7.6 -0.7 7.8 0.8
2017 BOS 26 99 345 94 18 2 5 17 64 3 7 2 .290 .330 .404 93 -1.8 -3.3 16.4 2.7
2018 BOS 27 80 269 52 10 0 3 13 41 4 4 1 .207 .257 .283 71 -8.4 -0.4 8.3 1.2
Career29199922746310591779113.246.296.33579-22.2-6.246.76.5

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 LG G PA oppAVG oppOBP oppSLG BABIP BPF BRAA repLVL POS_ADJ DRC+ DRC+ SD FRAA BRR DRAA BWARP
2008 RSX Rk GCL 21 65 .267 .345 .350 .262 87 -5.8 2.1 1.3 16 0 0.3 0.5 -14.4 -1.0
2009 LOW A- NYP 21 76 .249 .329 .366 .128 98 -4 2.2 0.9 53 0 0.0 -1.3 -5.2 -0.4
2009 RSX Rk GCL 10 41 .242 .328 .334 .345 89 0.3 1.2 0.5 115 0 -0.6 -0.3 -2.3 -0.1
2010 GRN A SAL 79 299 .252 .325 .364 .332 98 -7.3 9.3 3 90 0 6.2 -2.2 -8.4 0.8
2011 GRN A SAL 105 444 .260 .331 .389 .316 112 12.7 12.9 6.9 134 0 5.8 -3.5 8.8 3.2
2012 SLM A+ CAR 81 342 .254 .326 .386 .326 98 5.8 10.2 5.4 122 0 5.7 -0.8 0.2 2.1
2012 PME AA EAS 20 82 .254 .327 .387 .231 105 -5.8 2.3 1.4 80 0 4.5 0.7 -3.0 0.6
2012 MAN Wnt PWL 9 28 .000 .000 .000 .375 0.0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2012 SUR Wnt AFL 10 43 .000 .000 .000 .320 0.0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2013 PME AA EAS 96 399 .252 .325 .382 .316 102 10.1 10.9 6.2 127 0 28.4 1.2 4.7 5.5
2013 PAW AAA INT 1 4 .282 .340 .413 .000 102 -0.5 0.1 0.1 89 0 0.0 0.0 -0.1 0.0
2014 BOS MLB AL 55 201 .242 .308 .372 .283 102 -4 5.2 3.1 79 9 14.2 -1.8 -4.4 1.8
2014 PAW AAA INT 66 270 .260 .330 .390 .340 95 -2.3 8.1 2.8 111 0 7.2 0.8 -0.6 1.8
2015 MAY Wnt PWL 4 15 .000 .000 .000 .250 0.0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2016 BOS MLB AL 57 184 .257 .323 .427 .288 113 -11.6 5.2 3.1 64 8 7.8 -0.7 -7.6 0.8
2016 PAW AAA INT 42 171 .255 .312 .379 .325 96 1.6 4.8 2.8 121 0 5.2 0.3 1.9 1.5
2017 BOS MLB AL 99 345 .250 .318 .418 .348 105 -5.7 10.1 5.8 93 11 16.4 -3.3 -1.8 2.7
2018 BOS MLB AL 80 269 .252 .321 .422 .237 106 -16.9 7.5 4.4 71 11 8.3 -0.4 -8.4 1.2
2018 PME AA EAS 1 3 .296 .341 .463 .333 107 0.4 0.1 0.1 88 0 0.0 0.0 -0.1 0.0
2018 PAW AAA INT 3 12 .237 .315 .381 .300 90 -0.7 0.4 0.1 104 0 0.0 0.4 -0.1 0.1

Statistics For All Levels

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

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.

Comparable Players (Similarity Index 77)

Rank Score Name Year DRC+ Trend
1 89 Tony Cruz 2015 59
2 82 Jordan Pacheco 2014 81
3 82 Josh Thole 2015 81
4 82 Dioner Navarro 2012 91
5 81 James McCann 2018 72
6 81 Trevor Crowe 2012 0 DNP
7 79 Benny Bengough 1927 79
8 79 Drew Butera 2012 68
9 79 Johnny Oates 1974 56
10 79 Jason Jaramillo 2011 84
11 79 Fred Kendall 1977 72
12 79 Frank Grube 1933 76
13 78 Michael Barrett 2005 104
14 78 Joe Astroth 1951 70
15 78 Buddy Rosar 1943 100
16 78 Darrin Fletcher 1995 112
17 78 Milt May 1979 90
18 78 Buck Crouse 1925 105
19 78 Cy Perkins 1924 84
20 78 Rick Cerone 1982 76
21 77 Ray Smith 1984 0 DNP
22 77 Jim Price 1970 92
23 77 Earl Grace 1935 86
24 77 Donovan Solano 2016 94
25 77 Ronny Paulino 2009 101
26 77 Jimmie Wilson 1929 112
27 77 Hal Wagner 1944 124
28 77 Clint Courtney 1955 101
29 77 Zack Taylor 1927 66
30 77 Bengie Molina 2003 101
31 77 Kirt Manwaring 1994 67
32 77 Charlie Moore 1981 99
33 77 Einar Diaz 2001 79
34 77 Rob Johnson 2011 61
35 77 Ramon Hernandez 2004 110
36 77 Clyde Kluttz 1946 94
37 77 Brian Schneider 2005 98
38 77 Jeff Mathis 2011 46
39 77 Frank House 1958 89
40 77 Mark Salas 1989 88
41 77 Paul Janish 2011 63
42 77 Joe Garagiola 1954 105
43 77 Henry Blanco 2000 85
44 76 J. C. Martin 1965 84
45 76 Nick Ahmed 2018 89
46 76 Gregg Zaun 1999 80
47 76 Birdie Tebbetts 1941 87
48 76 Bob Barton 1970 80
49 76 Billy Sullivan 1939 92
50 76 B.J. Surhoff 1993 87
51 76 Wiki Gonzalez 2002 86
52 76 Scott Servais 1995 111
53 76 Daniel Descalso 2015 76
54 76 Greg Myers 1994 72
55 76 Sandy Alomar Jr. 1994 117
56 76 Sandy Leon 2017 74
57 76 Tyler Saladino 2018 87
58 76 Marc Hill 1980 66
59 76 Muddy Ruel 1924 90
60 76 Bennie Tate 1930 88
61 76 Raul Casanova 2001 104
62 76 Buck Rodgers 1967 83
63 76 Hank Conger 2016 68
64 76 Darwin Barney 2014 94
65 76 Billy Shantz 1956 0 DNP
66 76 Jesus Flores 2013 0 DNP
67 76 Vic Roznovsky 1967 56
68 76 Hal Naragon 1957 84
69 76 Rick Dempsey 1978 101
70 76 Jesus Sucre 2016 96
71 76 Toby Hall 2004 84
72 76 Walker Cooper 1943 115
73 75 Keith Osik 1997 75
74 75 Mike Heath 1983 93
75 75 Andres Blanco 2012 0 DNP
76 75 Hobie Landrith 1958 88
77 75 Austin Romine 2017 66
78 75 Johnny Gooch 1926 88
79 75 Bill Sarni 1956 91
80 75 Brent Mayne 1996 83
81 75 Jerry Grote 1971 99
82 75 Clyde Sukeforth 1930 78
83 75 Jerry McNertney 1965 0 DNP
84 75 Hal Smith 1959 90
85 75 Mickey Owen 1944 95
86 75 Dick Bertell 1964 81
87 75 Bryan Holaday 2016 83
88 75 Jett Bandy 2018 63
89 75 Jace Peterson 2018 77
90 75 Danny Valencia 2013 119
91 75 Jake Gibbs 1967 74
92 75 Dave Skaggs 1979 80
93 75 Ron Brand 1968 76
94 75 Bob Boone 1976 108
95 75 Buck Martinez 1977 74
96 75 Jeff Reed 1991 83
97 75 Geno Petralli 1988 114
98 75 Luis Rodriguez 2008 82
99 75 Chris Bando 1984 132
100 75 Jason Phillips 2005 79

BP Annual Player Comments

YearComment
2019  Due to publishing agreements, the 2019 player comments and team essays are only available in the Baseball Prospectus 2019 book (available in hardcopy, and soon e-book and Kindle).
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 lvl 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 MLB .019 8.6 2086 .002 -0.8 22 .011 -.004 -0.1 7.5 7.8
2016 AAA .012 5.4 0 .000 0.0 23 -.015 .000 0.2 5.5 5.2
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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