2022 Player Outlook
Vazquez’s BA tumbled a bit from his previous two seasons and his power stats regressed as well. Vazquez’s barrel rate and average exit velocity has declined for three straight seasons, making the 23 home runs he hit in 2019 seem like a byproduct of the live ball being used by MLB at the time. He and Jorge Alfaro stole eight bases last season, second most among all big-league catchers. The lack of depth at the fantasy catcher position will help Vazquez maintain his fantasy relevance. His K rate fell to 16.9 from 22.8 resulting in an above average contact rate (84.4) and that should help limit further erosion of his overall batting average. He may eventually lose playing time when facing tough lefty pitching if he continues to struggle against them (.219 BAA left-handed pitching last season).