Vazquez off to hot start in winter ball

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AzFL Phoenix Desert Dogs (10-9 win over Peoria) Thursday’s game
Rob Segedin, LF: 1 for 4, 1 R, 1 BB
Corban Joseph, DH: 0 for 4, 1 R, 1 BB – that’s five walks and four strikeouts in his first 48 PA

AzFL Phoenix Desert Dogs (5-1 loss to Mesa) Friday’s game
Ronnie Mustelier, 3B: 2 for 4
Rob Segedin, LF: 0 for 3
Corban Joseph, 2B: 0 for 3
Preston Claiborne, RHP: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 0 K, 1-1 GB/FB – just six of his 13 pitches were strikes (46.2%) …he’s faced 27 batters out here, with four walks and four strikeouts

AzFL Phoenix Desert Dogs (9-4 loss to Scottsdale) Saturday’s game
Rob Segedin, LF: 1 for 4, 1 R
Dan Burawa, RHP: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 0 K, 2-0 GB/FB – just seven of 15 pitches were strikes (46.7%) … 15 baserunners in eight innings
Chase Whitley, RHP: 2 IP, 1 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 1-1 GB/FB – 17 of 25 pitches were strikes (68%) … six strikeouts and one walk in his last four appearances

Dominican Winter League
Abe Almonte, OF: 3 G, 0 for 3
Zoilo Almonte, OF: 2 G, 2 for 6, 3 R, 1 RBI, 2 BB (.333/.500/.333)
Melky Mesa, OF: 3 G, 0 for 0, 1 R, 1 SB – pinch-ran off the bench
Hector Noesi, RHP: 1 G, 1 GS, 1.1 IP, 5 H, 4 R, 1 ER, 0 BB,1 K (6.75 ERA, 3.75 WHIP) – he’s made just the one start so far

Mexican Pacific League
Walt Ibarra, IF: 2 G, 0 for 6, 3 K
Jorge Vazquez, 1B/3B: 10 G, 13 for 39, 8 R, 1 2B, 5 HR, 13 RBI, 4 BB, 10 K (.333/.395/.744) – he always kills this league
Pat Venditte, SwP: 6 G, 10.1 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 3 BB, 8 K, 2 HR, 2 HB (2.61 ERA, 0.97 WHIP)

Venezuelan Winter League
Jose Gil, C/1B: 5 G, 5 for 18, 4 R, 1 2B, 2 RBI, 2 BB, 2 BB (.278/.350/.333)
Luis Nunez, IF: 8 G, 10 for 26, 5 R, 3 2B, 1 HR, 10 RBI, 3 BB, 4 K, 2 SB, 1 CS (.385/.433/.615)
Jose Pirela, IF: 9 G, 16 for 37, 3 R, 1 2B, 1 3B, 6 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K (.432/.462/.514)
Josh Schmidt, RHP: 1 G, 1 GS, 4.2 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 4 K (1.93 ERA, 1.29 WHIP)

The Puerto Rico League season doesn’t start until November 4th, and none of the rosters are online yet. We’ll know if anyone is playing there soon enough.

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Granderson, Colon up for Players Choice Award
  • Nick

    any thoughts of Vazquez and Laird competing for a bench spot next spring?

  • http://none Favrest

    Vazquez spot was occupied by Jorge this year.

  • Jesse

    Does anyone know when Noesi’s next start is?


    Vazquez kills everywhere he goes!!! Between Laird and Chato for the corner infield spot, hands down Jorge Vazquez. Its not even close. Stats….. This year with about the same ab’s, Laird has a lower average, 16 less Hr, 25 less rbi, 120 less OPS!!, 94 less slg%, 26 less OBP, and LESS WALKS!! 30 to 17. Plus, jorge has just as good a glove as Laird, while Laird has more range, Vazquez has a stronger arm. He used to catch. Chato is very playable off the bench at the conrner spots, no question. Experience….What you saw with Laird in September is what you are going to get next year. Jorge is ML ready and will contribute right away. 10yr AAA Mex Lg vet where he signed at 16 years old. He is considered the number one hitter in Mexico. He is like Matsui was to Japan. He is a legend in Mexico! He was actually signed by the Yankees as a backup plan if they didnt get Teixeira. He would have been up right away. They have to look at him as an older import like they do with the Japanese. Matsui was 28, Kuroda 33, Okajima 31, Fukudome 31, Saito 36!! These guys get their chance right away. He always comes through with the big moment bomb. In a tight spot in the eighth man on second, I would take Chato at the plate over Laird, Pena, Nunez, Dickerson, Posada, and Golson 10 out of 10 times!! Shoot, in this years playoffs, I would have taken him over AROD in the Yanks last ab of the season. MVP of the Carr Series last year with two game winning HR’s. In WBC in ’09 his first ab was a 480ft grand slam. His first spring training ab this year, a 500ft HR over the batters eye straight center. Nothing fazes him!! His first ab for the Yanks will be a HR straight center over monument park!! I guarantee it. Yes, he will strikeout. He will average a strikeout per game in the Bigs, but he will hit 35 bombs and 100rbi’s hitting .280 over a full season. This guy is more than you think he is!!! Give him a chance Yankees!!

  • AC

    I agree.