Christian Rafael Vázquez [vahs'-kays] (born August 21, 1990) is a Puerto Rican professional baseball catcher for the Boston Red Sox of Major League Baseball (MLB). He stands 5'9" and weighs 198 lbs. He has drawn accolades for his powerful throwing arm and credits his development as a catcher in part to the Molina brothers ( Yadier , Jose , and Bengie ), who have all played Major League Baseball.

Professional career

Minor Leagues

Vázquez attended the Puerto Rico Baseball Academy and High School . The Boston Red Sox selected him in the ninth round of the 2008 MLB Draft . [2]

In 2011, he hit .283 with 18 home runs and 84 RBI in 105 games for Class-A Greenville. In 2012, he batted a combined .254 for the Salem Red Sox of the Class A-Advanced Carolina League and Portland Sea Dogs of the Class AA Eastern League , compiling a .986 fielding percentage while throwing out a 40% of potential base stealers (49-for-122). [2]

Vázquez spent the entire 2013 year with Portland, where he batted .289 in 96 games. In 2014, he produced a line of .275/.331/.715 In his first 62 games for the Pawtucket Red Sox of the Class AAA International League , and was named to the International League All-Star team. In addition, he was selected as a late addition to the All-Star Futures Game to compete on the World Roster, [3] but was replaced following his promotion to the major leagues on July 9. [4]

Boston Red Sox

Vázquez made his Major League debut on July 9, 2014, where he nabbed Alejandro De Aza at the plate trying to score. He recorded his first career hit off of Scott Feldman on July 11, 2014, then got two more hits, each of them doubles along with 3 RBI. On September 25, 2014, he hit his first career home run off of Jeremy Hellickson . In 55 games with the Red Sox in 2014, Vázquez batted .240 with a home run and 20 RBI.

On April 2, 2015, Vázquez underwent Tommy John surgery and was placed on the 60-day disabled list. [5] He missed the 2015 season. [6] After starting the 2016 season on rehab assignment with AAA Pawtucket, Vazquez was recalled to the Red Sox roster on April 15. [7]

On August 1, 2017, Vázquez belted a three-run home run in the bottom of the ninth inning to beat the Cleveland Indians , capping a comeback in what some considered to be the game of the season. [15]

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