2020 MLB Draft Guide Player Profile: Christian Vazquez
Greg Jewett takes a closer look at Christian Vazquez and lets fantasy baseball owners know what to expect from the Boston Red Sox catcher during the 2020 MLB season.
Noting the spike in home runs last year, perhaps a poster boy of the spike could be Christian Vázquez . Prior to last season, Vazquez hit 10 home runs in 291 career games. In 2019, Vazquez launched 23 home runs over his 521 plate appearances spanning 138 contests for the Red Sox. He scored 66 runs with 72 RBI and four stolen bases carrying a very enticing .276/.320/.477 slash line. For the first time in his career, Vazquez’s isolated power rose above two hundred (.201 in 2019) and his home run per fly ball percentage grew to 16 percent.
Yes, Vazquez became more aggressive raising his swinging strike percentage to 9.2 percent, up almost three points while trading contact (down 5.5 percent) and Z-Contact (in the strike zone) by six percent. Trying to discern how baseballs will react in 2020 along with the effects on player’s with outlier power seasons may be difficult. This applies to Vazquez.
According to Statcast, Vazquez recorded 387 batted ball events with 24 barrels (6.2...