Velazquez signed a minor-league contract with the Yankees on Wednesday, Jon Heyman of MLB Network reports.
Velazquez was let go by the Orioles in late October after appearing in 40 games with the club in 2020. The shortstop has struggled in the majors over the past few seasons, but he should get the chance to develop in the minors with the Yankees. Given his past experience, the 26-year-old could certainly receive an invitation to major-league spring training in 2021.
Velazquez cleared waivers and was outrighted to Triple-A Norfolk on Thursday, Roch Kubatko of MASNSports.com reports.
Velazquez appeared in 40 games for the Orioles during the shortened 2020 season, but he failed to get into a rhythm as he slashed .159/.274/.206 with three RBI and four stolen bases prior to being sent down in September. He won't have a spot on the 40-man roster heading into the offseason, and it's unclear how much major-league playing time he could see in 2021.
Velazquez was optioned to the Orioles' alternate training site Saturday.
Velazquez had been on the major-league roster for the entire season until Saturday, but he had an inconsistent role as he slashed .159/.274/.206 with three RBI and four stolen bases over 53 at-bats. Right-hander Evan Phillips was recalled to fill a bullpen role for the Orioles.
Velazquez went 0-for-2 with a stolen base and a walk in Friday's 6-3 win over the Yankees in Game 2 of their doubleheader.
Velazquez drew the walk in the sixth inning and stolen second base. It's his fourth steal of the year. The 26-year-old has added two RBI and eight runs scored across 62 plate appearances.
Velazquez is out of the lineup for Wednesday's game against the Blue Jays.
Velazquez had started the past two days at shortstop and went hitless with a walk in six plate appearances, but he'll give way to Pat Valaika in the series finale. Both Velazquez and Valaika are both still expected to see additional opportunities in the middle infield for at least the next week and a half after Jose Iglesias (quadriceps) was placed on the 10-day injured list Tuesday.
Velazquez went 2-for-4 with an RBI triple, two runs scored and a stolen base in Saturday's 7-3 win over the Nationals.
Velazquez plated Bryan Holaday with his triple in the second inning. The 26-year-old has mostly served in a bench role this season, compiling one steal, one RBI, five runs scored and a .192 batting average across 27 plate appearances.
Velazquez will start at shortstop and bat eighth Sunday against the Rays.
He'll crack the starting nine for the third day in a row while top shortstop Jose Iglesias works through a quadriceps injury. The Orioles are labeling Iglesias as day-to-day for now, so Velazquez's run of regular starts could soon come to an end. The 26-year-old is still looking for his first hit of 2020 after having gone 0-for-8 with two strikeouts while appearing in five games to date.
Velazquez's chances of making the 30-man roster have improved with Richie Martin suffering a fractured wrist, Dan Connolly of The Athletic reports.
Velazquez had a decent chance to make the Opening Day roster even before Martin's injury. The 25-year-old utility player has a 44.4 percent strikeout rate in 36 MLB plate appearances and has a .260/.316/.415 slash line with 16 home runs and 32 steals (on 40 attempts) in 163 career games at Triple-A. While he doesn't project to be an impactful hitter in the majors, his ability to play up the middle and put his plus speed to work on the bases could lead to a part-time role in 2020.
Velazquez has hit .200/.273/.200 with three stolen bases and one RBI over 23 plate appearances this spring.
Velazquez had a limited sample size during spring training, but he struggled to generate consistency in getting on base while demonstrating his speed when he did manage to appear on the base paths. The 25-year-old is in consideration for a utility role once the season gets underway as a result of his defensive versatility, Roch Kubatko of MASNSports.com reports. However, it wouldn't be surprising to see him work in the minors to begin the 2020 campaign so he can develop more consistent production.
Velazquez was claimed off waivers by the Orioles on Wednesday.
In Baltimore, Velazquez seems to find himself in a situation where at-bats will be easier to come by than they were in Cleveland. That's not to say Velazquez is a favorite to play a significant role for his new club, or even to make the roster, as he's slashed .152/.222/.242 across just 36 big-league plate appearances to date. Richard Urena was designated for assignment in a corresponding move.
Velazquez was designated for assignment Friday.
The transaction clears a spot on the 40-man roster for the newly signed Domingo Santana. Velazquez is just 25 years old and can play both infield and outfield, which could entice a team to claim him off waivers, though he hasn't done much in the big leagues yet, hitting .152/.222/.242 in a small sample of 36 plate appearances.
Velazquez signed a one-year contract with the Indians on Monday, Paul Hoynes of The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.
Velazquez saw limited chances during the 2019 season, going 2-for-23 with two doubles and a stolen base in 15 games. He figures to slot into a utility role with Cleveland in 2020.
Velazquez was recalled from Triple-A Columbus on Tuesday, Mandy Bell of MLB.com reports.
Velazquez will take the place of Jason Kipnis, who will miss the remainder of the season due to a fractured hand. Velazquez is set to start at second base and hit ninth Tuesday against Detroit.
Velazquez (hamstring) was activated from the minor-league injured list Saturday.
Velazquez will finish out the minor-league season with Triple-A Columbus after missing a couple of weeks with a hamstring injury. Across 53 games at Triple-A this season, the 25-year-old is slashing .304/.357/.510 with six home runs and three stolen bases.
Velazquez was placed on the 7-day injured list at Triple-A Columbus with a hamstring injury.
He returned from a hamstring injury a couple weeks ago, so it seems like he aggravated it. Velazquez, who was traded from Tampa Bay in early July, is versatile defensively but probably won't ever hit enough to be a big-league regular.
Velazquez (thumb/hamstring) was activated off the 7-day injured list by Triple-A Columbus on Friday.
Velazquez was acquired by the Indians in early July and spent the last couple weeks playing in rehab games in the Arizona League. The 25-year-old had a .271/.329/.450 slash line with four home runs in 34 games prior to landing on the shelf, and figures to return to the majors for September's roster expansion.
Velazquez (thumb/hamstring) has gone 7-for-14 with a home run and four doubles in five rehab games in the Arizona League.
Dealt from Tampa Bay to Cleveland earlier this month in exchange for international bonus pool money, Velazquez was immediately placed on the minor-league injured list upon joining the Indians organization due to lingering thumb and hamstring injuries. He seems to be feeling good now, and a move up to Triple-A Columbus likely isn't far off. If he manages to avoid another injury, Velazquez should get another look in the majors when rosters expand in September.
Velazquez (undisclosed) was traded from Tampa Bay to Cleveland on Wednesday in exchange for international bonus pool money.
The 24-year-old utility man has just 24 big-league plate appearances to his name and hasn't done much with them, slashing .182/.250/.273. He owns a respectable .271/.329/.450 slash line for Triple-A Durham this season. He'll be assigned to the minor-league injured list with Triple-A Columbus due to an undisclosed injury.
Velazquez (thumb) went 1-for-3 in Tuesday's win over Charlotte and is now 3-for-9 with three strikeouts since his return from the injured list.
A thumb sprain put Velazquez on the IL in early June and cost him a little more than two weeks. Velazquez is batting .273/.326/.453 with four homers and two steals (five attempts) through 33 games with Durham this season; those numbers are underwhelming in a vacuum and particularly lackluster when considering Velazquez is about to turn 25. He remains on Tampa Bay's 40-man roster, for now.
Velazquez has been placed on the minor-league injured list at Triple-A Durham with a thumb sprain and is expected to be sidelined for approximately two weeks, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
The infielder has logged a couple of major-league stints already this season, hitting just .083 over 12 plate appearances. However, he's enjoyed much more success with the Bulls, slashing a solid .269/.320/.462 over 30 games (128 plate appearances). If Velazquez doesn't suffer any setbacks during his recovery, a late-June return appears to be in the cards.
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|2019||ROK-AZL Indians Blue||3||7||1||3||2||0||0||0||2||1||0||0||.429||.556||.714|