Pirates Re-Sign Andy Vasquez

One of the longest tenured Pittsburgh Pirates players has returned to the organization as a minor league free agent. Andy Vasquez, who signed as an amateur free agent out of the Dominican Republic in 2006, will return for his ninth season in the farm system. He spent the 2014 season with Altoona, where he hit .268/.304/.463 in 96 games, seeing time at six different positions. Vasquez has done everything except catch during his time with the Pirates, including eight appearances on the mound. He is versatile enough to fill in at both shortstop and center field if needed.

The 27-year-old will likely play a utility role with Altoona this year. He played winter ball in the Dominican this off-season before moving to the league in Colombia, where he is getting regular playing time recently.

  • Monsoon Harvard
    December 24, 2014 10:05 pm

    I’m glad he’s back. I’ve always liked him since he hit that grand slam to win the game a couple years ago in spring training.

  • One of those career guys that you would hope would get a Sept cup of coffee some day.

    • Back in 2006, the Pirates rewarded Carlos Maldonado for his service time in the minors with a September call-up. He ended up sticking around baseball for seven more years and getting called up three more times. You gotta love stories like that. Maldonado also has an interesting stat I forgot about until just now. He went to the plate 74 times in the majors, hit three homers and scored three runs

  • Any chance Vazquez will be a coach, scout or instructor in the future? I would think few people would know the “Pirate Way” better than him at this point. Maybe he will be a Jeff Bannister and get a cup of coffee some day.

    • I wouldn’t doubt it, since the Pirates like to stay in the system for coaches. Vasquez is a solid player, knows how to play the game right and plays hard.

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