Red Sox Player Profile: Christian Vazquez

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The Syndicate's Red Sox Writers and Red Sox Podcast to be Named Later Hosts will be profiling a different Sox player each day to get you ready for the 2020 season.  Today's featured player:

Christian Vazquez

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Christian Vazquez looks to build on top of a breakout year in 2019. He will have a brand new pitching staff to work with and a new battery mate. 

Info

• Position(s): Starting Catcher
• 2020 opening day age: 29
• Bats / Throws: Right / Right
• Height / weight: 5-foot-9 / 195 pounds
• Nickname: Colo
• How acquired: Ninth round in 2008 (Puerto Rico Baseball Academy)
• Contract status: Signed thru 2021, 3 yrs/$13.55M (19-21) & 22 team option
• 2019 Stats: .276 BA, 23 HR, 72 RBI, 133 hits, 4 SB, 66 runs, .320| .477 | .798. | WAR 2.2

Shop for Boston Red Sox fan gear from Nike, Majestic and New Era at Shop.MLB.com2019 Season:  Vazquez had a breakout season for the Red Sox last season.  His career high in home runs was a surprise addition to the Red Sox lineup.  Vazquez will go into 2020 once again as the starting catcher.  He will be backed up by newly signed Kevin Plawecki, who was with the Indians last season.  The Red Sox have Vazquez locked up for the next two seasons at a very team friendly deal.  Vazquez will make $4.2 million next year and $6.25 million in 2021. 

2019 Key Stat:  23 Home runs – Vazquez set a career high in 2019 with 23 home runs.  His power outburst, was a big surprise considering he hit only three dingers last season and his career high previous to last season was five.  Vazquez began to launch the ball in the air more in 2019 which ultimately resulted in more home runs from the back stop. 

BSS Red Sox Podcast TBNL 2020 OUTLOOK

Vazquez will need to be the leader in 2020 amongst his pitching staff.  Vazquez will be working with the same rotation as last year with a new comer amongst the group, LHP Martin Perez.  This Spring Training Vazquez will begin the catcher-pitcher relationship in a few weeks. 

This year the Red Sox will look for Vazquez to become a top-five catcher in the league.  Defensively Vazquez will look to build upon last year.  The main focus will be is if he can continue to bring the offensive production he brought to the lineup last year.  As the lineup continues to take shape, now that Mookie Betts is in Los Angeles, Vazquez will need to be consistent in 2020.  Colo is a cornerstone of this team right now, he is the first consistent catcher since Jason Varitek. 

There are a lot of new faces in camp from a pitching perspective that Colo will need to work with.  Vazquez should cement himself as a top catcher in the American League and move to becoming a top-five catcher in baseball he covets being.

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