|Born: December 10, 1991
Height: 6′ 2″
Signed: Int. FA, Pittsburgh Pirates, 2008
How Acquired: Int. FA
Country: Dominican Republic
WTM’S PIRATE PLAYER PROFILES
|Vasquez hit well for two years in the DSL, showing solid power, but the Pirates sent him back for a third year. He ended up having a big season. He’s played all three outfield positions, but mostly left. He’s been a decent base stealer so far, so he seems to have some speed.
Vasquez hit for good power at age 17, although his plate discipline was marginal at best.
Vasquez had a similar but weaker season, with his walk rate dropping to a low level.
In his third year, Vasquez finished tied for second in the DSL in HRs, second in slugging, and first in OPS. He dramatically increased his walk rate, but his K rate was high, better than one every four ABs.
Vasquez was finally expected to attend spring training in 2012, but he didn’t make it to training camp due to visa issues. Those evidently got cleared up, as Vasquez opened the season in the GCL. He played mostly first and hit only decently, but at the beginning of August he moved up to State College when the Spikes’ outfielders were dropping like flies. He played right and showed an excellent arm, racking up ten assists in just 33 games. Vasquez hit for more power with the Spikes, but his plate discipline went south.
Vasquez is an interesting prospect because he has good power, but his plate discipline needs to improve dramatically from what it was at State College. He was only there briefly, though, so he could improve with more opportunities. The Pirates had him playing both first and outfield in spring training, so he could end up at either position. He opened the season in extended spring training, so he’ll probably head to Jamestown.
|Baseball Reference — Minors
|2013: Minor League Contract|
|Signing Bonus: N/A
MiLB Debut: 2009
MLB Debut: N/A
MiLB FA Eligible: 2015
MLB FA Eligible: N/A
Rule 5 Eligible: 2013
Added to 40-Man: N/A
Options Remaining: 3
MLB Service Time: 0.000
|December 6, 2008: Signed by the Pittsburgh Pirates as an international free agent.|