Boston Red Sox catcher set to make impact this season at plate, behind it


Red Sox base runner Christian Vazquez, center, celebrates after he hit a grand slam last season.

FORT MYERS, Fla. — Baseball scouts and front office geeks will tell you that the true value of many catchers doesn’t really emerge until they hit their late 20s.

Case in point: Christian Vazquez, the Red Sox’s undisputed man behind the plate.

Thirteen years after signing his first professional contract with Boston he has, at age 30, become one of the top receivers in baseball.

He comes from the catcher’s gold-standard breeding ground, Puerto Rico, which has spawned such greats as Ivan Rodriguez, Yadier Molina (and his two brothers), Javy Lopez, Jorge Posada and Benito Santiago, as well as recent Gold Glove winners Roberto Perez of Cleveland and Martin Maldanado of the Astros.

“He wants to be in the consideration as one of the best from Puerto Rico,” said Red Sox manager and Puerto Rico native Alex Cora on Friday at JetBlue Park.



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2021-02-26 23:13:13

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