The Boston Red Sox have had some decent catchers over the years. Perhaps the best recently was Jason Varitek. However, he was acquired in a trade and was not a homegrown player. Take Varitek out of the mix, and the Red Sox haven’t had a strong homegrown catcher since Carlton Fisk. There does seem to be a strong catching prospect on the horizon and his name is Christian Vasquez.
Over the last couple of Spring Trainings, Vasquez has been turning a lot of heads and that is largely due to his cannon of an arm. He has thrown out every base runner that has tried to steal on him. Even though they are just exhibition games and don’t count, that is a very impressive statistic and should make Boston fans feel good that there is a young catcher who could be manning behind the plate for years to come.
His home to second base time is 1.77 seconds. The major league average is 1.95. That is quite simply one of the best arms you may ever see. When he was in double-A, he threw out almost half of the runners attempting to steal. He just appears to be getting stronger and stronger with every level that he moves up to. He has also had some help from Jose Molina, who was no slouch behind the plate himself.
The Red Sox have a lot of young prospects who are going to be very exciting to watch. Vasquez might be at the top of that list. If Vasquez arrives in Boston soon, Jacoby Ellsbury might have to look out. He could be in for a very unpleasant surprise.