Boston Red Sox Prospects: No. 14 Christian Vazquez
The Boston Red Sox have some impressive depth at catcher in the system, and the most big league ready of the bunch is my 14th ranked prospect, Christian Vazquez.
Vazquez has been a big league caliber defensive backstop for a couple years now, but his ceiling is held down by his bat. He made one appearance in AAA at the end of the 2013 season after spending the majority of the season at AA where he posted his highest batting average in pro ball by hitting .289. While he only hit five home runs in 97 games, he did hit 19 doubles and has the potential to be a doubles machine as a right handed hitter when he makes it to Fenway likely late 2014.
Many believe he has what it takes to develop into an everyday catcher with a high floor but a low ceiling. His short but thick frame, 5-foot-9 and 195-pounds, should be able to hold up to the rigors of a full season big league schedule. Hit pop time on throws to second base consistently come in under two seconds which has allowed him to throw base runners out at a high 40 percent clip. His quick pop does enable some lack of concentration on the receiving of the ball, subjecting him to a few more past balls than one would like.
Overall, Vazquez could be an everyday option for the Red Sox as early as 2015, but he will never be an All-Star level player. His best big league comparison is probably Jose Molina, which is great, but probably fits best as a long term second catcher for the Red Sox.