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Jul 21, 2024 1 0 0 1 2
Jul 14, 2024 0 0 0 0
Jul 13, 2024 1 1 0 0 1.5
Jul 12, 2024 0 0 0 0 -0.5
Jul 10, 2024 0 0 0 0 -1

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Player Outlook
Minnesota signed Christian Vazquez to a three-year, $30 million contact before last season to be the team's primary catcher, but he struggled offensively while Ryan Jeffers excelled at the plate. Vazquez hit just .223 with little power (.095 ISO) and a paltry .280 OBA. His underlying metrics were equally poor as he had a career-worst 23.1% K% and was in the bottom 1st percentile in xwOBA. He also can't blame health as he avoided the injured list. The only hope for a rebound is that he's alternated productive and abysmal seasons at the plate throughout his career. Vazquez was a plus with his defense, however, as he was in the 70th percentile in pitch framing (per Baseball Savant) and was 8th among all catchers in DEF (a defensive measure from Fangraphs). The Twins like to utilize two catchers to reduce wear and tear, but Vazquez will likely have a secondary role as Jeffers started every playoff game, signaling Jeffers is now the top option.

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2024 731.3 14 4 17 5 2 .198
2023 1571.5 34 6 32 25 1 .223
2022 240.52 41 9 52 22 1 .274
3y Avg. 2201.8 42 7 44 27 3 .254
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  • Twins' Christian Vazquez: Leads club to comeback win

    Vazquez went 2-for-4 with a solo home run and two additional RBI in Sunday's 3-2 win over the Astros. The Astros established a 2-0 lead in the second inning, but Vazquez got one of those runs back with an RBI single. He added another RBI on a fielder's choice in the fourth before providing a walkoff homer in the ninth to complete the comeback. The catcher has multiple hits in each of his last three games, including two homers in that span. He's slashing .204/.227/.311 with four homers, 16 RBI, 13 runs scored and two stolen bases over 180 plate appearances this season. Vazquez continues to alternate starts at catcher with Ryan Jeffers, who has offered moderately more offense and power this season.
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  • Twins' Christian Vazquez: Homers Wednesday

    Vazquez went 2-for-4 with a solo home run in Wednesday's 9-2 loss to the Tigers. The veteran catcher got the Twins on the board in the third with a long blast to left-center field off Keider Montero for this third home run of the season. Wednesday was Vazquez's first game with an RBI since June 12 and his third game with multiple hits since that date. He's struggled mightily as a whole on the year, slashing .189/.214/.277 with 12 RBI, 11 runs and a 5:37 BB:K in 171 plate appearances.
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  • Twins' Christian Vazquez: Back on bench Sunday

    Vazquez is out of the lineup for Sunday's game against the Astros. Vazquez remains the Twins' No. 2 catcher, but he picked up starts in three of the previous five games while Minnesota deployed top backstop Ryan Jeffers at designated hitter on three days he didn't start behind the plate. Jeffers will serve as the Twins' catcher for the series finale in Houston while Alex Kirilloff slots in as the DH, leaving no room in the lineup for Vazquez. The 33-year-old has struggled mightily at the dish in his second season in Minnesota, slashing .161/.179/.196 over 119 plate appearances while striking out at a career-worst 25.2 percent rate.
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  • Twins' Christian Vazquez: Three hits in win

    Vazquez went 3-for-4 with one run scored and one steal in Sunday's win over the Angels. After hitting just .121 (4-for-33) with a home run through his first 11 games, he's hitting .474 (9-for-19) over his last five games. He continues to split playing time behind the plate with Ryan Jeffers, with Jeffers frequently getting starts at DH when Vazquez is behind the dish.
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  • Twins' Christian Vazquez: Not starting Saturday

    Vazquez is not in the starting lineup for Saturday's game against the Guardians. Vazquez and Ryan Jeffers have alternated starts at catcher over the first eight games of the season, and the latter will start Saturday. Vazquez has started the season going 2-for-10 with two RBI.
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  • Twins' Christian Vazquez: Starting at catcher Tuesday

    Vazquez is starting at catcher and batting ninth Tuesday in Milwaukee. He and Ryan Jeffers have split the catching duties in the first four games of the season, with Jeffers drawing an additional start at designated hitter. Vazquez is the far less desirable fantasy option of the two, but the 33-year-old should have a much better season in 2024 than during a 2023 campaign in which he produced a .598 OPS.
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  • Twins' Christian Vazquez: Key RBI in first start of season

    Vazquez started at catcher and went 1-for-4 with an RBI in Saturday's win at Kansas City. Vazquez struggled at the plate last season by hitting just .223 with little power (.095 ISO) and a paltry .280 OBA, so it was good to see him have a good first game of the season with a key RBI late in the game. He also threw out Bobby Witt on a steal attempt late in the game. Twins manager Rocco Baldelli said the plan is to roughly split playing time at catcher with Ryan Jeffers as the Twins aim to keep both players fresh.
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  • Twins' Christian Vazquez: Not starting again in Game 2

    Vazquez is absent from the lineup Wednesday for Game 2 of the AL Wild Card Series versus the Blue Jays. Vazquez and Ryan Jeffers basically alternated starts at catcher during the regular season, but it's been Jeffers behind the plate for each of the first two games of the postseason. The only tweak the Twins made in their lineup from Game 1 to Game 2 was flip-flopping Jeffers and Matt Wallner in the batting order, with the former moving down to eighth and the latter up to seventh.
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  • Twins' Christian Vazquez: Reaches three times in win

    Vazquez went 2-for-3 with a double, two runs scored and a stolen base in Wednesday's win over Cincinnati. Vazquez reached base three times Wednesday and came around to score the Twins' second run in the top of the eighth after leading off the inning with a double. The backstop then stole his first base of the season in the ninth before coming home a second time on a Jorge Polanco single, giving Minnesota a 5-3 lead. Vazquez had failed to record a hit in his previous four games coming in and is still batting just .194 in September following the two-hit performance.
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  • Twins' Christian Vazquez: Sitting out Tuesday

    Vazquez is not in the lineup for Tuesday's contest in Cincinnati. Vazquez started Monday's series opener but will begin this one on the bench. Ryan Jeffers will do the catching for Kenta Maeda.
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  • Twins' Christian Vazquez: Losing work to Jeffers

    Vazquez is out of the lineup for Wednesday's game against the Guardians. The Twins' catching timeshare has tilted in favor of Ryan Jeffers of late, leaving less playing time available for Vazquez. The 33-year-old will be on the bench Wednesday for the fourth time in the last six games.
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  • Twins' Christian Vazquez: Remains out of lineup

    Vazquez is not in the lineup for Monday's game against the Guardians. Vazquez and Ryan Jeffers alternated the starts over the last seven games, but the pattern will break Monday, as Jeffers will get the nod behind the plate for the second time in as many days.
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  • Twins' Christian Vazquez: Resting Sunday

    Vazquez is out of the lineup for Sunday's game against the Rangers. Vazquez will sit out the day game after a night game, affording Ryan Jeffers a turn behind the plate. After he entered the series versus Texas with a five-game hitting streak, Vazquez went 0-for-7 over his two starts against the Rangers.
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  • Twins' Christian Vazquez: Out Wednesday, but gaining reps

    Vazquez is out of the lineup for Wednesday's game against the Brewers. Though he's on the bench for the day game after a night game, Vazquez may have supplanted Ryan Jeffers as the Twins' preferred catcher for the time being. Vazquez started behind the dish in four of the previous five contests and went 6-for-16 with a home run, two doubles, five runs and two RBI.
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  • Twins' Christian Vazquez: Swats fourth homer

    Vazquez went 1-for-4 with a two-run home run in Tuesday's 7-3 loss to the Brewers. Vazquez notched his fourth long ball of the season and his first since July 26 on Tuesday, taking Wade Miley yard in the second inning with Kyle Farmer aboard. Though Vazquez has been a poor source of power this season, he's been a quality bat since the All-Star break (21 games), batting .274 with 10 runs scored and nine RBI while striking out at an 18.4 percent clip.
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  • Twins' Christian Vazquez: Retreats to bench Sunday

    Vazquez is out of the lineup for Sunday's game against the Pirates. Vazquez will hit the bench after he went 5-for-12 with two doubles and four runs while starting behind the dish in each of the last three contests. Ryan Jeffers wasn't available for either of the last two games due to back soreness, but now that Jeffers has been cleared to start Sunday, Vazquez could find himself back in a timeshare at catcher.
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  • Twins' Christian Vazquez: Out of Tuesday's lineup

    Vazquez is not in the lineup for Tuesday's game against the Tigers. It's the second straight game on the bench for Vazquez, who has a .259/.271/.397 slash line in 17 contests since the All-Star break. Ryan Jeffers is working behind the plate and batting sixth Tuesday.
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  • Twins' Christian Vazquez: Back to bench Wednesday

    Vazquez is out of the lineup for Wednesday's game against the Tigers. Vazquez and Ryan Jeffers continue to alternate starts behind the dish, and it'll be the latter's turn to catch Wednesday. Since the All-Star break, Vazquez has been a serviceable performer with a .256 average, two home runs and seven RBI in 13 games, but being stuck in a timeshare with Jeffers limits his overall fantasy upside.
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  • Twins' Christian Vazquez: Sitting Monday

    Vazquez is out of the lineup for Monday's game against the Tigers, Aaron Gleeman of The Athletic reports. Vazquez will give way to Ryan Jeffers behind the dish for the series opener. The two backstops have now alternated starts at catcher over the last eight games.
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  • Twins' Christian Vazquez: Not in Tuesday's lineup

    Vazquez is out of the lineup for Tuesday's game at St. Louis, Aaron Gleeman of The Athletic reports. Vazquez started the past two games but will take a seat for Tuesday's series opener. Ryan Jeffers will step in behind the plate to catch for righty Pablo Lopez.
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