Christian Vazquez had people talking this season.
Vazquez showed in 2014 why the Boston Red Sox are excited about his future as a major league catcher. The 24-year-old backstop caught the attention of opposing players through his defensive prowess.
“He completely shuts down the running game,” Ortiz recently told The Boston Globe’s Nick Cafardo. “When I was playing first base in those games against Pittsburgh, the runners at first would say, ‘Who is this kid, he’s unbelievable.’ I think Vazquez is going to hit, too. Give him some time, and he’s going to figure it out.”
Vazquez hit .240 with one homer and 20 RBIs in 55 games after earning his first big league call-up in July. He showed offensive improvement down the stretch, which is very encouraging when one considers he’s already an elite defender.
Ivan Rodriguez, who is considered one of the greatest catchers of all time, even compared Vazquez to St. Louis Cardinals All-Star catcher Yadier Molina last month.
Boston likely will look to add a catcher this offseason. Re-signing David Ross remains a possibility, though Red Sox manager John Farrell said after the 2014 season he’d be “very comfortable” with Vazquez as his 2015 Opening Day catcher.
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