Christian Vazquez, Catcher, Boston Red Sox, #17
Date of Birth: 8/21/1990
Birthplace: Bayamon, Puerto Rico
Nickname: Mini Yadi
Christian Vazquez, catcher for the Boston Red Sox, was drafted by the Red Sox in 2008. He played in the minor leagues from 2008 through part of 2014. In 500 games, he batted .265 with 471 hits, 103 doubles, 251 RBIs, and 361 strikeouts to 204 walks. As a catcher, he made 470 assists, 3,501 putouts, and 42 errors in 441 games. He caught players trying to steal 37% of the time and he had a .990 fielding percentage.
Vazquez played in 55 games with the Red Sox in 2014. He hit his first major league home run on September 25th. He finished with 42 hits, 9 doubles, 1 home run, and a .240 batting average.
Vazquez had Tommy John surgery on April 2, 2015. He missed the entire 2015 season.
Vazquez spent time on the DL in 2016, playing in 57 games with the Red Sox. He batted .227 with 39 hits. Defensively, as a catcher in 56 games, he made 25 assists, 423 putouts, and 2 errors. He had a .996 fielding percentage and he caught players trying to steal 34.8% of the time. He didn't play in the postseason.