Tag:Javier Vazquez
Posted on: July 9, 2010 11:56 am
Edited on: July 9, 2010 2:19 pm
 

Vazquez not on block yet


So, let's say the Yankees do land Cliff Lee, what does that mean for the rest of their rotation?

CC Sabathia, Andy Pettitte and Phil Hughes aren't going anywhere. And nobody's gonna take A.J. Burnett and his $16.5 million a year through 2013, so that leaves Javier Vazquez as the odd man out.

Vazquez is 7-7 with a 4.81 ERA in 15 starts for the Yankees, OK numbers for a fifth starter, but he's no Cliff Lee.

However, Newsday 's Ken Davidoff tweets the Yankees may wait until the deadline to decide what to do with him. Davidoff also notes the team could move Phil Hughes to the bullpen to help cut down on his innings.

Vazquez could certainly appeal to any National League team in need of starting pitching, like say, the Cardinals. Vazquez has a limited no-trade clause, blocking deals to teams in either of the two West divisions. He's owed what's left on the $11.5 million salary from this season.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: June 18, 2010 11:43 am
Edited on: June 18, 2010 11:50 am
 

Vazquez not concerned about drop in velocity

Javier Vazquez After getting his return trip to New York off to a bad start, Javier Vazquez has turned it around. In his three June starts, Vazquez has a 2.57 ERA and perfect 3-0 record.

He's doing it without his usual velocity on his fastball, as Marc Carig of the Star-Ledger notes .

Vazquez's fastball averaged just under 92 mph in his final two seasons with the White Sox before slipping to 91.1 mph in 2009 with the Braves. That mark continues to go down and he's now averaging 88.8 mph with his fastball on the 2010 season.

"I'm not worrying about it," Vazquez said.

Even as his fastball continues to approach slower and slower digits -- it averaged 87.7 mph in his last start against the Astros -- Vazquez may be right in not worrying about his fastball. After all, it still grades as his best pitch according to FanGraphs' pitch values. He's also picked up his usage of the fastball, hurling it 54.6 percent of the time which is up from 49.4 percent with Atlanta and most since 2006's 55.8 percent mark with the White Sox.

In addition, Vazquez boasts above-averages offerings of a slider, curveball and changeup.

And that, according to acting pitching coach Mike Harkey, is where Vazquez shines.

"He incorporates his offspeed pitches," Harkey says. "All of them are well above average. It makes him a very, very effective pitcher."

Vazquez and others believe that he will eventually reclaim some velocity on his fastball. However, the 33-year-old doesn't sound concerned about his fastball velocity being permanent.

"I’m 33 and I have 13 years in the big leagues," said Vazquez. "That’s a lot of years throwing 200 innings. You get to a point where hopefully it’s there. But if it’s not, I know I’m going to be successful throwing what I’m throwing now."

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