Felipe Vazquez
Felipe Vazquez
28-Year-Old PitcherRP
Pittsburgh Pirates
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Injury Personal
Est. Return 2/1/2020
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Formerly Felipe Rivero, Vazquez recovered from an early forearm scare and some struggles on the field to save a career-high 37 games while posting a 2.70 ERA. That latter figure was up more than a run from the pristine 1.67 ERA he posted the season prior, but that can likely be chalked up mostly to a 97-point jump in his opponents' BABIP, up from .234 in 2017 to .331 last season. His true talent likely lies somewhere in the middle. His 2.43 FIP was a near match for the 2.47 figure he posted the year before. After posting a career-best 30.1% strikeout rate, Vazquez is entrenched as the Pirates' closer and as a clear top-10 fantasy stopper. The Pirates could be well out the race at the deadline, but Vazquez is under control through 2023 and so a trade seems pretty unlikely, though not completely out of the question. Of course, if he pitches as expected, he could continue to save games even if he were traded. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a four-year, $22 million contract extension with the Pirates in January of 2018, avoiding arbitration. Contract includes $10 million team option ($1 million buyout) for 2022 and $10 million team option ($500,000 buyout) for 2023.
Placed on restricted list
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September 17, 2019
The Commissioner's Office will immediately place Vazquez on the restricted list following his arrest Tuesday, Kyle Glaser of Baseball America reports.
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Vazquez has been charged in Lee County, Florida with one count of computer pornography, solicitation of a child and one count of providing obscene material to minors. Four additional charges have also been filed against Vazquez, Jeff Passan of ESPN.com reports. Pirates president Frank Coonelly released a statement saying, "Today we were made aware of an active law enforcement investigation involving Felipe Vazquez and his subsequent arrest. We take this matter, and these charges in particular, extremely seriously. We have informed the Commissioner's Office of the investigation and arrest. The Commissioner's Office will immediately place Felipe Vazquez on administrative leave (and, as a result, restricted list) pursuant to the Joint MLB/MLBPA policy. We need to be respectful to all involved and the ongoing legal proceeding. As a result, the organization, our staff and players cannot comment any further at this time."
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Pitching Appearances Breakdown
Average Pitch Count
17
Last 10 Games
17
Last 5 Games
17
How many pitches does Felipe Vazquez generally throw?
 
1-10
 
11-20
 
21-30
 
31-40
 
41-50
 
51-60
 
61-70
 
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81-90
 
91-100
 
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111-120
 
121+
 
1-10
 
11-20
 
21-30
 
31-40
 
41-50
 
51-60
 
61-70
 
71-80
 
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111-120
 
121+
 
1-10
 
11-20
 
21-30
 
31-40
 
41-50
 
51-60
 
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111-120
 
121+
What part of the game does Felipe Vazquez generally pitch?
 
 
 
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% Games Reaching Innings Threshold
% Games By Number of Innings Pitched
Left/Right Pitching Splits
Since 2017
 
 
-38%
BAA vs LHP
2019
 
 
-4%
BAA vs LHP
2018
 
 
-30%
BAA vs LHP
2017
 
 
-61%
BAA vs LHP
BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2017vs Left .138 211 91 10 27 6 1 2
Since 2017vs Right .221 621 176 47 126 21 0 11
2019vs Left .191 53 25 3 9 3 1 1
2019vs Right .199 183 65 10 34 6 0 4
2018vs Left .175 65 28 2 11 2 0 1
2018vs Right .250 231 61 22 52 10 0 3
2017vs Left .082 93 38 5 7 1 0 0
2017vs Right .211 207 50 15 40 5 0 4
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Home/Away Pitching Splits
Since 2017
 
 
-5%
ERA at Home
2019
 
 
-43%
ERA on Road
2018
 
 
-61%
ERA at Home
2017
 
 
-61%
ERA on Road
ERA WHIP IP W L SV K/9 BB/9 HR/9
Since 2017Home 1.97 1.04 109.2 8 5 45 11.7 2.5 0.5
Since 2017Away 2.07 1.00 95.2 6 1 41 11.8 2.5 0.7
2019Home 2.10 0.97 30.0 2 1 12 13.2 1.5 0.9
2019Away 1.20 0.90 30.0 3 0 16 13.8 2.4 0.6
2018Home 1.53 1.27 35.1 3 1 20 12.0 3.6 0.0
2018Away 3.89 1.21 34.2 1 1 17 10.9 2.6 1.0
2017Home 2.23 0.90 44.1 3 3 13 10.4 2.2 0.6
2017Away 0.87 0.87 31.0 2 0 8 10.7 2.6 0.3
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Stat Review
How does Felipe Vazquez compare to other relievers?
This section compares his stats with all relief pitcher seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 30 innings)*. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that stat and it would be considered average.

* Exit Velocity, Barrels/BBE %, Balls Hit 95+ MPH %, and Spin Rate are benchmarked against this season's data (min 20 IP). See here for more exit velocity/barrels stats plus an explanation of current limitations with that data set.
  • K/BB
    Strikeout to walk ratio.
  • K/9
    Average strikeouts per nine innings.
  • BB/9
    Average walks per nine innings.
  • HR/9
    Average home runs allowed per nine innings.
  • Fastball
    Average fastball velocity.
  • ERA
    Earned run average. The average earned runs allowed per nine innings.
  • WHIP
    Walks plus hits per inning pitched.
  • BABIP
    Batting average on balls in play. Measures how many balls in play against a pitcher go for hits.
  • GB/FB
    Groundball to flyball ratio. The higher the number, the more likely a pitcher is to induce groundballs.
  • Left On Base
    The percentage of base runners that a pitcher strands on base over the course of a season.
  • Exit Velocity
    The speed of the baseball as it comes off the bat, immediately after a batter makes contact.
  • Barrels/BBE
    The percentage of batted ball events resulting in a Barrel. A Barrel is a batted ball with similar exit velocity and launch angle to past ones that led to a minimum .500 batting average and 1.500 slugging percentage.
  • Spin Rate
    Spin Rate is the rate of spin on a baseball after it is released. It is measured in revolutions per minute (rpm).
  • Balls Hit 95+ MPH
    The percentage of batted balls hit that met or exceeded the 95 MPH threshold.
  • Swinging Strike
    The percentage of pitches that result in a swing and a miss.
K/BB
6.92
 
K/9
13.5
 
BB/9
2.0
 
HR/9
0.8
 
Fastball
98.5 mph
 
ERA
1.65
 
WHIP
0.93
 
BABIP
.324
 
GB/FB
1.32
 
Left On Base
89.8%
 
Exit Velocity
87.2 mph
 
Barrels/BBE
5.5%
 
Spin Rate
2589 rpm
 
Balls Hit 95+ MPH
37.8%
 
Swinging Strike
14.3%
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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Acquired from Washington in the 2016 Mark Melancon trade, Rivero vaulted into the upper echelon of relievers with his performance last season. He added three whole ticks to his fastball (98.5 mph), which pitching coach Ray Searage suggested was a byproduct of a more compact delivery, with Rivero keeping his lead foot underneath his knee. Searage also hinted at a correction of a pitch-tipping issue. The added velocity helped Rivero hit his spots more consistently -- he shaved his walk rate from 3.9 BB/9 to 2.4 -- and made his devastating changeup even more difficult to hit. Rivero averaged 10.5 K/9 and turned in a 2.47 FIP (13th among 355 pitchers with at least 50 innings). He proved plenty capable in the ninth after taking the job from Tony Watson, converting all but two of his 24 save opportunities. The 26-year-old has a case to be a top-five closer off the board.
The Pirates are extremely high on Rivero, and there's talk he could close if Tony Watson falters or is traded. Acquired as part of the Mark Melancon deadline deal, the 26-year-old southpaw throws easy gas, averaging 95.8 mph with his heater. Oddly, Rivero's splits against left-handed hitters (.286/.387/.378) and righties (.203/.290/.337) go against conventional thinking. In any case, there's thought that he could fill an Andrew Miller-like role, throwing multiple high-leverage innings. Pittsburgh and pitching coach Ray Searage have found success molding relievers into closers, and it wouldn't be surprising to see Rivero follow in the footsteps of Joel Hanrahan and Jason Grilli. He will come fairly cheap on draft day, and should be able to offer solid ratios while owners hope for an opening in the ninth inning role.
One of the few bright spots in the Nationals' bullpen last year, Rivero's season very nearly ended before it began after he was hospitalized with a burst ulcer in his stomach in April. Surgery and a slow recovery kept him out of the majors for six weeks, but once he rejoined the bullpen he did his best to make up for the lost time, posting a 12:2 K:BB ratio in 10.1 June innings. By the end of the year, after both Drew Storen and Jonathan Papelbon had taken themselves out of the picture, Rivero found himself in the closer role and picked up his first two big league saves. A left-hander with a big fastball and solid slider, he was almost as tough on righties (.198/.255/.344) as he was on lefties (.198/.242/.244), which could give him an inside track on retaining the closer job in 2016. Both Papelbon and Storen are still Nats property heading into the offseason, however, so it's more likely that Rivero finds himself as a set-up man in 2016.
At this point, Rivero is purely a wild card as far as prospects go. Acquired from the Rays in the Nate Karns deal before the start of the 2014 season, the skinny left-hander struggled to stay healthy last year. When he was on the field he battled the same control issues he faced in the Tampa organization. His raw stuff is eye-opening, and lefties with mid-90s heat, sharp curves and workable changeups will keep getting chances to put it all together long past the point when it's obvious they won't. Barring a catastrophic injury or development spike that carries him all the way to the major league bullpen, Rivero will have a permanent spot on Nationals' top prospect lists for the foreseeable future.
Rivero has been worked slowly in the Rays' organization, spending a full season at each stop along the way. He was productive in 2013 with High-A Charlotte, pitching in 25 games with 23 of those being starts. The southpaw is known to have a solid fastball, despite his thin frame (6'0", 150). He also confidently mixes in his secondary pitches, though they are thought to need some development before he can reach the majors. He posted a 3.40 ERA, which included two shutouts and 91 strikeouts in 127 innings. His walk rate increased slightly last season, but it seems likely he will spend most of the 2014 season one rung up the ladder with Double-A Montgomery.
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Arrested, charged in Florida
PPittsburgh Pirates
Personal
September 17, 2019
Vazquez has been arrested and charged in Lee County, Florida with one count of computer pornography, solicitation of a child and one count of providing obscene material to minors, Jeff Passan of ESPN.com reports.
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Not available Friday
PPittsburgh Pirates
September 13, 2019
Vazquez won't be available to pitch Friday against the Cubs, Jason Mackey of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.
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Bags 28th save
PPittsburgh Pirates
September 12, 2019
Vazquez picked up the save Thursday after allowing a hit and a walk while striking out two over a scoreless ninth inning against the Giants.
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Posts 27th save
PPittsburgh Pirates
September 11, 2019
Vazquez picked up the save Wednesday against the Giants after firing a perfect ninth inning that included one strikeout.
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Bags 26th save
PPittsburgh Pirates
September 9, 2019
Vazquez picked up the save against the Giants on Monday, striking out two without allowing a baserunner in the ninth inning to close out a 6-4 victory for the Pirates.
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