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The Forgotten DH Candidate



By Mike Silva ~ January 14th, 2012. Filed under: New York Yankees.


Talent evaluator on Jorge Vazquez, NYY DH candidate: “He doesn’t have a position, but he can flat-out rake. He just mashes.”Sat Jan 14 18:57:15 via web

I am surprised that I forgot to mention Jorge Vazquez as an internal candidate >when I wrote about possible Designated Hitters the Yankees could potentially sign to fill the spot vacated with the departure of Jesus Montero. We have been touting Vazquez’s bat for the last couple of years even when it appeared there was no room on the roster for a pure DH.

Vazquez has been with the organization since 2009 when he was signed out of the Mexican League by the same scout that discovered Manuel Banuelos and Alfredo Aceves. This past season he hit 32 home runs, drove in 93 runs, and produced an OPS of .830 for Triple-A Scranton. From a negative standpoint he doesn’t walk very much and is strictly a DH. A right handed hitter, Vazquez would balance the Yankees lineup a bit better than Carlos Pena, Hideki Matsui, or Johnny Damon. NYBD contributor Joe Delgrippo saw Vazquez play in Trenton and describes him as “streaky and when he gets hot, look out, but when he struggles, the Ks really pile up.” Perhaps this is the better way to fill the DH spot since Joe Girardi will likely want to use it to give his veterans a rest as the season wears on.  The best part is Vazquez would only cost a league minimum contract.

This winter Vazquez is tearing it up in Mexico hitting .330 with 18 HRs,  60 RBI, and OPS of 1.015.

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12 Responses to The Forgotten DH Candidate

  1. Stu B

    You know that it’s not the Yankees’ style to fill a vacancy with an unknown name from within.

  2. Chuck Johnson

    “This winter Vazquez is tearing it up in Mexico hitting .330 with 18 HRs, 60 RBI, and OPS of 1.015.”

    And finished second in the league in strikeouts.

    Winter ball isn’t what it once was, now it’s a bunch of washed up guys looking for extra cash or those hanging on for one last shot at glory.

    Sandy Madera won the batting title, remember him?

    Thought so.

    You know who led in walks?

    Ruben Rivera.

    I know you remember him.

    Vazquez hit 32 homers last year.

    Mr. Prospect Jesus Montero hit 39 in TWO years, and yet Vazquez has never been considered as a call-up, despite the Yanks desperate need for a righthanded bat.

    Quite often, September call-ups are rewards for minor leaguers who had good seasons and who likely won’t ever make the team permanently.

    Vazquez didn’t even get a call.

    I said it when they signed him, and I’ll say it again.

    Vazquez will never play a regular season game for the Yankees.

  3. Piazza

    A 30 year old career minor leaguer who couldn’t even hit like Dave Kingman in AAA? I would be elated when Mike Puma reports the Yankees are going into the season with him as their starting DH.

  4. Daler

    Cashman didn’t forget. Let Jones Vazquez n Damon/matsui battle it out. Y not?

  5. Daler

    Chuck some advice. Being the yank blogs anti Montero guy is great but if u want to make ur name provide good analysis. Be like Silva n his Joba pen thing. He had solid facts n analysis on it.

  6. Brien Jackson

    “the Yanks desperate need for a righthanded bat.”

    Do you have some sort of allergy to being right?

  7. Chuck Johnson

    I said the Yanks would trade Montero, so I’ve been right at least once.

    Which is one more than you.

    Nice, huh?

  8. Chuck Johnson

    “Chuck some advice.”

    What qualifies you to give me advice?

    “Being the yank blogs anti Montero guy is great but if u want to make ur name provide good analysis.”

    You either have short term memory issues or don’t actually read what I write, you just see my name attached to something and rip it.

    I’ve written in detail my disdain for Montero as a player, you can’t honestly sit where you are and accuse me of not providing “good analysis.”

    Unless of course, you never actually read it. And if you did read it, then disagreeing with it doesn’t make it “bad” analysis.

    As far as “making my name” goes, I started in pro sports in August 1978, which I’ll assume was before you were born, so no problems there, although I do thank-you for your concern.

    Let me ask you something in all seriousness.

    Mike has built himself a solid reputation in this industry in a relatively short period of time, a fact compounded by him not being journalism trained. He started later in life, at a time when guys like Neyer and Mayo were already established.

    The media industry is hard enough to break into WITH the proper credentials, to do so without them, and when peers his own age are already well invested in the business, and to do it in such a short time is almost unheard of.

    That said, if you think Mike is going to allow me, or Joe DelGrippo, or Frank or Howard to post stuff on his site without checking our credentials first, you’re out of your mind.

    He’s on the Mets’ shortlist of media favorites and gets invitations to things guys from the Post or Daily News don’t, at the Newport Film Festival last summer Bobby Valentine was promoting his movie and would only talk to movie critics and wouldn’t talk to any sports media.

    Except Mike.

    His name is on this site. His name and site name are on his press credentials.

    He’s not going to jeopardize any of that for, using your term, “an old, washed up hack.”

    I mean, seriously.

    Be like Silva n his Joba pen thing. He had solid facts n analysis on it.

  9. Steve S.

    Some of you folks don’t seem to get along all that well, but I would like to add that the Yanks did just fine facing lefties last year. Tex crushed lefties in what was an otherwise down year, Cano hits everyone, Swisher crushed Lefthanders last year, Granderson’s adjustments and recent strides have been well documented.

    The folks who think the Yanks need a right handed bat generally point to Jeter and Rodriguez being on the decline. That’s true, but they’re no longer the focal point of the offense. Grandy, Cano and Tex are what make the Yanks go these days.

  10. Brien Jackson

    “I said the Yanks would trade Montero, so I’ve been right at least once.”

    Seriously? You predicted that the Yankees would trade an elite hitting prospect that they might not have room in the lineup for over the next 4-6 years for pitching help at some undetermined point? Really going out on a limb there.

    (And maybe I’m misremembering, but didn’t you also say that no other team was going to be interested in Montero because he sucks).

    “Which is one more than you.”

    Well, except for me being right that they don’t need a right-handed bat I suppose. And being right about Phelps being added to the 40-man roster. Just offhand.

  11. Chuck Johnson

    The Yanks do need a RH bat, not an exclusive DH bat, but a utility type.

    I never said Phelps wouldn’t be added to the 40 man, I said he was in AZ pitching for a spot on the 40 man.

    Which was true.

    Good talking to you again.

  12. Brien Jackson

    “The Yanks do need a RH bat, not an exclusive DH bat, but a utility type.”

    Nope. Even allowing that they need such a player, which they really don’t, it would make much more sense to get a left handed hitter for the role, since Swisher, Tex, and Jeter have been much better against LHP than righties.

    “I never said Phelps wouldn’t be added to the 40 man, I said he was in AZ pitching for a spot on the 40 man. ”

    Ah yes, non-falsifiabilty. The pre-requisite for any BS rumor-monger.

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