Christian Vazquez Has Look Of Leader Going Into Red Sox’s 2015 Season

This embed is invalid" /> Baseball never stops for Christian Vazquez. Vazquez again played winter ball in Puerto Rico this offseason despite cracking Boston’s major league roster in 2014. The 24-year-old catcher also texted former Red Sox captain Jason Varitek in an effort to better himself as both a catcher and a leader. “Of course, that’s important...
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Better Sox Catchers Could Help Robbie Ross

(USAToday Sports)Jeff Sullivan of the authoritative makes an interesting case that new Red Sox reliever Robbie Ross could be significantly helped by a better catching corps in Boston. Based on Sullivan's analysis, Ross—who started a lot for the Ranger last year— suffered disproportionately from strike zone-related issues. Specifically, as a starter, Ross had the...
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Red Sox’s Blake Swihart Ranked MLB’s No. 1 Catching Prospect By

This embed is invalid" /> The Boston Red Sox are in an enviable position when it comes to catchers. Blake Swihart is Major League Baseball’s No. 1 catching prospect going into 2015, according to a list recently released by Swihart is considered the top prospect overall in the Red Sox organization. The Red Sox already have a talented, young...
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Joe Kelly Offers Praise For Christian Vazquez With ‘Mini Yadi’ Nickname

This embed is invalid" /> MASHANTUCKET, Conn. — The comparison isn’t new, yet it becomes more intriguing each time it’s referenced. Red Sox catcher Christian Vazquez has been compared to Cardinals backstop Yadier Molina several times because of his defensive acumen. Pitcher Joe Kelly has played with both catchers — Vazquez in Boston, Molina...
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Red Sox look to improve behind the plate in 2015

The 2015 Red Sox roster shapes up to be very different from the roster that opened the season in 2014.  With just over a month until pitchers and catchers report for spring training in Ft. Myers we took a look at the  current Red Sox roster position by position compared t0 2014.  We will start our breakdown by looking at the catching position. Opening Day Catchers 2014 – A.J...
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9 days ago  |  Discuss

Red Sox Deal Away Dan Bulter To Nationals

 (Joy R. Absalon/ advantage of their "deep depth" at the catching position, the Red Sox traded Dan Butler to the Washington Nationals for pitcher Danny Rosenbaum. With Andover High School grad Ryan Hanigan, and prospects Christian Vazquez and Blake Swihart ready to handle catching duties, Butler became expendable. The 27-year old Rosenbaum—a lefty—has pitched...
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14 days ago  |  Discuss

Red Sox Likely To Exceed Luxury Tax Threshold

As pointed out by Scott Lauber of The Boston Herald, the Red Sox are likely to smash through MLB's $189 million luxury tax threshold. This is not really a big surprise, since the NOG already acknowledged it might happen. The combination of upcoming salary arbitrations (Rick Porcello, Wade Miley, Junichi Tazawa, Daniel Nava), and contract renewals (Xander Bogaerts, Mookie Betts, Christian...
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16 days ago  |  Discuss

Dan Butler of Boston Red Sox DFA’ed

Dan Butler’s illustrious journey to the big leagues has hit a speed bump. The catcher was recently designated for assignment to make room for newly resigned southpaw, Craig Breslow. Butler was behind multiple players on the Boston Red Sox depth chart (the defensive wizard Christian Vazquez, top prospect Blake Swihart, and newly acquired framing specialist […]
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19 days ago  |  Discuss

Dan Butler Optimistic After Being Designated For Assignment By Red Sox

This embed is invalid" /> The Boston Red Sox designated catcher Dan Butler for assignment this week to make room on the 40-man roster for reliever Craig Breslow. The 28-year-old backstop hardly sounds discouraged. Butler, who made his major league debut last season at age 27, realizes the Red Sox’s decision actually could be a blessing in disguise...
20 days ago  |  Discuss

Christian Vazquez Tearing It Up In Winter Ball

(USAToday Sports)Christian Vazquez—the likely starting catcher for the 2015 Red Sox—has been doing some serious offensive damage in the Puerto Rican Winter League. So far, the backstop is hitting .294—with a .371 OBP. The 24-year old is known for his defensive skills (particularly his 'gun' of an arm), so if he starts to hit consistently, it's offensive gravy. Boston signed...
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December 22, 2014  |  Discuss

Monday Links: Adding an ace isn’t all that’s left for Red Sox to do

Photo credit: Kelly O’Connor Now that the dust has settled on the flurry of moves that the Red Sox made last week, it’s safe to evaluate what still remains for the team going forward. Although the team added three capable pitchers to their rotation in Wade Miley, Justin Masterson, and Rick Porcello, the team is still in need of a staff ace. The trio of new arms, and those already...
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December 15, 2014  |  Discuss

Which Young Position Player Will Have The Best Career With The Red Sox?

The Boston Red Sox have a surplus of young talent, but they can’t all be the face of the franchise. Plenty of prospects had the chance to show off their talent on the big league level during the Red Sox’s disappointing 2014 campaign, and we got a pretty good look at which of them could eventually have a prolific career in Boston. Xander Bogaerts comes...
December 03, 2014  |  Discuss

Boston Red Sox Puerto Rican Winter League Recap

The Puerto Rican Winter League is approximately halfway over, therefore it is time to check in on all the Boston Red Sox players and prospects. The list of players is long, some of those that are easily recognized: Rusney Castillo, Christian Vazquez, Edwin Escobar, Miguel Celestino, Heri Quevedo, Aneury Tavarez, Jose Vinicio, Daya Diaz, Henry […]
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December 03, 2014  |  Discuss

REPORT: Red Sox Trade Expected By 2PM

Ben Cherington must have to be somewhere special on Thanksgiving. After a whirlwind Monday of double free-agents signings, there are reports out that the Red Sox will be engaged in a major trade by 2PM Eastern time today. Rumors are swirling about who their partner might be—but it's likely to come down to starting pitching targets from three teams (Phillies, Nationals, Reds). The...
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November 25, 2014  |  Discuss

David Ortiz: Opponents Impressed By ‘Unbelievable’ Christian Vazquez

Christian Vazquez had people talking this season. Vazquez showed in 2014 why the Boston Red Sox are excited about his future as a major league catcher. The 24-year-old backstop caught the attention of opposing players through his defensive prowess. “He completely shuts down the running game,” Ortiz recently told The Boston Globe’s Nick Cafardo. “When I was playing first...
November 21, 2014  |  Discuss

Phillies Scouting Three Top Red Sox Prospects

Despite the talk that the Red Sox are hesitant to give up top prospects, it appears at least one of their potential trade partners thinks they might. Multiple reports suggest that the Philadelphia Phillies are doing due diligence on three top Boston kids: catcher Christian Vazquez, starting pitcher Matt Barnes and IF/OF Mookie Betts. Obviously, all this background work would be in...
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November 18, 2014  |  Discuss

Ivan Rodriguez: Red Sox’s Christian Vazquez Similar To Yadier Molina

Ivan Rodriguez, one of the best catchers in Major League Baseball history, has sky-high expectations for Boston Red Sox backstop Christian Vazquez. Vazquez impressed during his first season with the Red Sox, showcasing his remarkable defensive skills while emerging as a leader. Rodriguez even saw some similarities between Vazquez and St. Louis Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina, who...
October 20, 2014  |  Discuss

Sox Land Four In Baseball America IL 'Top 20'

Baseball America's International League (AAA) Top 20 list includes four players from the Red Sox organization. The four are: Mookie Betts (ranked 2nd), Anthony Ranaudo (ranked 6th), Christian Vazquez (ranked 16th) and Allen Webster (ranked 19th). All four made contributions to the 2014 Red Sox big league club and are slated to be key players in 2015 as well. Congrats to all four!
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October 17, 2014  |  Discuss

Red Sox Prospects: 10 Farmhands Who Could Join Boston In 2015 (Photos)

2014 was a good year to be a Boston Red Sox prospect. Eleven players made their major league debuts with the Red Sox this season. Several others with limited big league experience saw their roles expand. The Red Sox surely are hoping the same doesn’t occur in 2015 — it would indicate a lack of major league success — but several prospects in the organization are on the cusp...
October 09, 2014  |  Discuss

Red Sox Catcher Outlook: Boston Prepared To Explore Market For Backup

The Boston Red Sox made an important discovery in 2014. The Red Sox cut ties with veteran catcher A.J. Pierzynski in July, clearing a path for 24-year-old backstop Christian Vazquez. Vazquez took the ball and ran with it, flashing elite defensive skills that made him one of the organization’s most intriguing prospects entering 2014. Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington acknowledged...
October 08, 2014  |  Discuss

A Grade Of C For The Sox Infield

Mike Davis Contributing Writer The Boston Red Sox infield has not been solid at all this season due to struggling offense and injuries.  Dustin Pedroia had a hand injury and could not put up the numbers that he is capable of.  He could not play for the last month of the season and that really hurt the Red Sox infield because they had no solid production. Mike Napoli hurt...
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September 29, 2014  |  Discuss

Red Sox ‘Very Comfortable’ With Christian Vazquez As Starting Catcher

BOSTON — It will be shocking if Christian Vazquez isn’t the Red Sox’s starting catcher in 2015. Red Sox manager John Farrell stopped short of naming Vazquez his everyday catcher going into next season, but he gave the 24-year-old another vote of confidence Monday. While the Red Sox plan to tap into the catching market this offseason, it appears Vazquez has the inside track...
September 29, 2014  |  Discuss

Christian Vazquez Showing He’s More Than One-Trick Pony With Red Sox

BOSTON — Christian Vazquez is a rock behind the dish. He’s not too shabby standing next to it, either. Vazquez smoked his first major league home run Thursday as the Boston Red Sox defeated the Tampa Bay Rays 11-1 at Fenway Park. The milestone big fly kicked off a huge night offensively for the slick-fielding catcher, showing again he’s far more than a one-trick pony. “It’s...
September 26, 2014  |  Discuss

Vazquez And Castillo Get First HRs; Sox Cruise

(AP Photo/Charles Krupa)Since the Red Sox instituted the (nearly) All-Rookie Line-Up, they've scores 22 runs in two games. Tonight both Christian Vazquez and Rusney Castillo logged their first MLB home runs—in an 11-1 romp over Tampa. Vazquez had four hits and three RBIs, while Mookie Betts was 3-5 with an RBI. Bryce Brentz and Yoenis Cespedes also had two hits each in the 16-hit...
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September 25, 2014  |  Discuss

Christian Vazquez, Edwin Escobar Among Red Sox Primed For Winter Ball

BOSTON — Cuban outfielder Rusney Castillo won’t be the only Red Sox player in winter ball this offseason. Red Sox manager John Farrell said before Thursday’s game against the Tampa Bay Rays at Fenway Park that catcher Christian Vazquez and left-handed pitcher Edwin Escobar also plan to play winter ball in some capacity. Bryce Brentz still is considering the idea, according...
September 25, 2014  |  Discuss
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