Christian Vazquez: ‘I Want To Be A Gold Glove Catcher’ With Red Sox

This embed is invalid" /> FORT MYERS, Fla. — For Christian Vazquez, the only thing different is the situation. Vazquez is in the midst of his first spring training as starting catcher of the Boston Red Sox, which obviously presents a different set of circumstances than years past. The 24-year-old backstop hasn’t changed much with regard to his...
5 days ago  |  Discuss

6 breakout candidates to watch

Gene J. Puskar/Associated PresConor Frederick (@C_Frederick1016)Contributing WriterSo, in case you missed it, the Red Sox have reported to Spring Training, which means the start of baseball season is right around the corner. I don't know about anyone else, but the thought of baseball is getting me amped up. With that said, here are 6 players who could break out, according to Bleacher...
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10 days ago  |  Discuss

Catching Depth

When I made my lists of prospects to follow in the Red Sox system, I omitted the catcher position. Outside of the number one prospect on the list, Blake Swihart, Sox Prospects only has one catcher listed in their top 60 prospects. Fortunately, the Red Sox have Christian Vazquez ready as the starting catcher in the majors, and top prospect Swihart close to major league ready at Triple...
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13 days ago  |  Discuss

The Importance of a Good Vazquez

The 2015 season starts today, and all eyes should be on Christian Vazquez (right), as his start could determine Blake Swihart's (left) future with Boston.Photo courtesy of With pitchers and catchers set to report to Fort Myers this morning, everyone's eyes should be on the most important man on the Red Sox roster. No, it's not a new masher like Hanley Ramirez or Pablo Sandoval...
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13 days ago  |  Discuss

2015 Bill James Projections: Christian Vazquez

Source 2014: 55 games, .240 BA, .308 OBP, .309 SLG, 1 HR, 20 RBI2015 projection: 110 games, .256 BA, .326 OBP, .343 SLG, 3 HR, 35 RBI Though Red Sox catchers talk this season has been focused on the possibility that prospect Blake Swihart might get packaged to Philadelphia for Cole Hamels, the Sox have quite a catcher already in Christian Vazquez. Though Swihart is widely regarded...
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15 days ago  |  Discuss

Red Sox’s Young Players Still Integral Despite Boston’s Busy Offseason

This embed is invalid" /> The Boston Red Sox aren’t completely abandoning ship. While the Red Sox suffered from an overreliance on young players last season — a mistake that triggered a series of moves in recent months — Boston’s front office has no plans to radically change its organizational philosophy. Young players still are expected to...
29 days ago  |  Discuss

FenwayNation's Top Ten Red Sox Prospects

Pretty much everyone with a keyboard seems to be rating MLB prospects these days, so we figured: 'Why not us'? So, herewith, is our own ranking of the Top Ten 2015 Prospects in the Red Sox organization:1. Blake Swihart, C. The soon-to-be 23-year old Swihart (April) is universally regarded as the best overall prospect in the Boston organization—and the best catching prospect in...
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29 days ago  |  Discuss

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...
January 29, 2015  |  Discuss

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...
January 28, 2015  |  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...
January 24, 2015  |  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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January 20, 2015  |  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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January 15, 2015  |  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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January 13, 2015  |  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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January 10, 2015  |  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...
January 09, 2015  |  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

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
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