Christian Vázquez Stats
- Height / Weight
- 5' 9" / 205 lbs.
- Date of Birth (Age)
- 8/21/1990 (32)
Christian Vázquez Season Stats
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Christian Vázquez News
The Minnesota Twins agreed to a three-year, $30 million deal with free-agent catcher Christian Vazquez on Monday. Vazquez began last season with the Boston Red Sox before being traded to the World Series-champion Houston Astros. The 32-year-old veteran backstop hit a combined .274/.315/.399 with nine home runs, 52 RBI, 41 runs scored and a stolen base in 426 plate appearances over 119 games played. He was one of the better hitting catchers in fantasy in 2022 and had a career-high 23 long balls as recently as 2019 in Boston. With the Twins, Vazquez should become the regular catcher next season and beyond while sharing time with Ryan Jeffers at the position. In eight major-league campaigns, Vazquez has a .261/.310/.386 slash line with 55 home runs and 276 RBI.
Houston Astros first baseman Trey Mancini and catcher Christian Vazquez are in the starting lineup for Game 6 of the World Series on Saturday against the Philadelphia Phillies and right-hander Zack Wheeler. Mancini is getting the nod at first and batting seventh after the Astros removed Yuli Gurriel (knee) from the World Series roster due to an injury he suffered in Game 5 on Thursday. Vazquez is serving as the designated hitter and will bat sixth in the order. Mancini has gone hitless in his first 18 playoff at-bats over seven games with an RBI, a walk and seven strikeouts. Vazquez has played in five games (two starts) this postseason and has gone 3-for-14 with two RBI, a run scored, one walk and six strikeouts.
Houston Astros catcher Christian Vazquez is not in the starting lineup on Thursday against the Texas Rangers and left-hander Cole Ragans. It will be the second straight game that Vazquez has been on the bench for. Since being traded to Houston by the Boston Red Sox at the Aug. 2 deadline, the 31-year-old backstop has just two hits in 12 at-bats over six games. Overall, he's still hitting a solid .278/.321/.422 with eight homers, 42 RBI, 33 runs scored and a steal in 90 games played. Martin Maldonado is doing the catching and batting ninth on Thursday against Ragans. Maldonado is hitting just .186 (47-for-253) this year, but he does have 11 home runs. He'll be a low-upside DFS play while hitting ninth.
The emergence of Boston Red Sox catcherChristian Vazquezin 2019 has helped add some depth to a position that offers very little in fantasy. Vazquez didn't have any fantasy relevance until two years ago, when (at 28 years old) he hit 23 homers in 138 games with a solid .276/.320/.477 slash line. Any concerns that 2019 was a fluke year were muted after a very similar statistical year in the shortened 2020 season when Vazquez hit seven homers in 47 games (equal to 19 in a 162-game season) with a .283/.344/.457 slash line. Vazquez also chipped in with four steals in each of the last two seasons and now has 19 career stolen bases in the last four seasons (364 games), so he offers a nice bonus of stolen bases at a position that historically provides very little. Vazquez was a regular fixture in the fifth and sixth spots of the Red Sox's lineup last year, adding solid run and RBI numbers (88 runs and 95 RBI combined in the last two seasons) to his stat line. Only two other catchers have had more plate appearances than Vazquez in the last two seasons, so he also offers accumulation along with good production. There's little upside to be had from Vazquez, but he's displayed a nice floor, and with an ADP around 156 (seventh among catchers), he's an ideal option at a very thin position.