Talent evaluator on Jorge Vazquez, NYY DH candidate: “He doesn’t have a position, but he can flat-out rake. He just mashes.”Sat Jan 14 18:57:15 via webBuster Olney Buster_ESPN
I am surprised that I forgot to mention Jorge Vazquez as an internal candidate <a href="http://nybaseballdigest.com/2012/01/14/yanks-could-use-a-designated-hitter/">when I wrote about possible Designated Hitters the Yankees could potentially sign to fill the spot vacated with the departure of Jesus Montero. We have been touting Vazquez’s bat for the last couple of years even when it appeared there was no room on the roster for a pure DH.
Vazquez has been with the organization since 2009 when he was signed out of the Mexican League by the same scout that discovered Manuel Banuelosand Alfredo Aceves. This past season he hit 32 home runs, drove in 93 runs, and produced an OPS of .830 for Triple-A Scranton. From a negative standpoint he doesn’t walk very much and is strictly a DH. A right handed hitter, Vazquez would balance the Yankees lineup a bit better than Carlos Pena, Hideki Matsui, or Johnny Damon. NYBD contributor Joe Delgrippo saw Vazquez play in Trenton and describes him as “streaky and when he gets hot, look out, but when he struggles, the Ks really pile up.” Perhaps this is the better way to fill the DH spot since Joe Girardi will likely want to use it to give his veterans a rest as the season wears on. The best part is Vazquez would only cost a league minimum contract.
This winter Vazquez is tearing it up in Mexico hitting .330 with 18 HRs, 60 RBI, and OPS of 1.015.
While the Yankees internally are touting a combination of Minor League slugger Jorge Vazquez and veteran Andruw Jones at DH next season, two veteran options may be emerging on the free-agent market.
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