2019 MLB Draft Guide Player Profile: Felipe Vazquez
Greg Jewett takes an in-depth look at Pittsburgh Pirates closer Felipe Vazquez to let fantasy baseball owners what to expect during the 2019 MLB season.
It felt like Felipe Vázquez broke out in 2017 after he recorded a 1.67 ERA and 0.89 WHIP. However, his ground ball percentage declined by 10 percent but his BABIP yielded rose to .331 in 2018 which fueled the rise in his ERA to 2.70 with a 3.06 xFIP. Vazquez still finished with a 14.7 swinging strike percentage and 71.8 contact rate, so his peripheral statistics did not suffer.
While many will focus on his final results, Vazquez turned his season around in June. Over his last 46 games, Vazquez converted 27 of his 28 save chances with a 1.70 ERA and 66 strikeouts in 47.2 innings. Within this time frame, he recorded 16 consecutive scoreless outings between June 15th through July 21st. Also, Vazquez saved 24 straight contests between June sixth and September 16th.
In comparison to his peers, Vazquez ranked second among left-handed relievers with 89 strikeouts behind only Josh Hader . He also finished the second most games in the majors (60) to Wade Davis (63). With 37 saves,...