Wednesday, January 12, 2005

Jorge Vasquez Report

Jorge Vasquez, RHP, Atlanta Braves
Signed as an Undrafted Free Agent, 1998, Domincan Republic
Bats R/Throws R
23 YO, 6'1", 165 lbs

I'm going to cover some prospects who have been involved in recent trades. Vasquez was the minor league pitcher that the Royals sent to the Braves in exchange for Eli Marrero. Vasquez has been a fringe prospect for a long time. He's become a reliever and has had quite a bit of success getting minor league hitters out.

Vasquez sported a mediocre 4.68 ERA with Wichita this season, but I think he got really unlucky. His peripherals were all quite good, with 71 K's and 27 walks in 59 2/3 innings. He allowed 7.8 hits per nine innings. And he had very good stats both in Wilmington and Wichita in 2003 with essentially the same stats. The stats indicate that he is capable of being a reliable contributor to a major league bullpen.

The scouting report on him tells you that he has a decent fastball, usually in the low 90's. He also has a good slider. Best case senario, he's your typical 4th man in the bullpen, effective, but generally anonymous outside of hardcore fans of the city he's playing for. Worst case senario, he does poorly in spring training and in Richmond this season and you rarely hear from him again as he fades into the background of AAA relievers.

ETA: Early 2005
2 1/2 Stars

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