JESUS VASQUEZ
CORNER OUTFIELDER
  Born: December 10, 1991
Height: 6′ 2″
Weight: 198
Bats: Right
Throws: Right
Signed: Int. FA, Pittsburgh Pirates, 2008
How Acquired: Int. FA
Country: Dominican Republic
Agent: N/A

WTM’S PIRATE PLAYER PROFILES

Vasquez hit well for two years in the DSL, showing solid power, but the Pirates sent him back for a third year.  He ended up having a big season.  He’s played all three outfield positions, but mostly left.  He’s been a decent base stealer so far, so he seems to have some speed.

2009
DSL:  268/340/459, 183 AB, 10 2B, 5 3B, 5 HR, 16 BB, 40 K, 6-13 SB

Vasquez hit for good power at age 17, although his plate discipline was marginal at best.

2010
DSL:  265/324/429, 170 AB, 13 2B, 5 HR, 10 BB, 36 K, 11-13 SB

Vasquez had a similar but weaker season, with his walk rate dropping to a low level.

2011
DSL:  324/435/572, 222 AB, 20 2B, 1 3B, 11 HR, 41 BB, 58 K, 21-34 SB

In his third year, Vasquez finished tied for second in the DSL in HRs, second in slugging, and first in OPS.  He dramatically increased his walk rate, but his K rate was high, better than one every four ABs.

2012
R:  246/329/395, 65 AB, 3 2B, 2 HR, 5 BB, 17 K, 4-9 SB
A-:  250/285/452, 124 AB, 8 2B, 1 3B, 5 HR, 6 BB, 39 K, 3-5 SB

Vasquez was finally expected to attend spring training in 2012, but he didn’t make it to training camp due to visa issues.  Those evidently got cleared up, as Vasquez opened the season in the GCL.  He played mostly first and hit only decently, but at the beginning of August he moved up to State College when the Spikes’ outfielders were dropping like flies.  He played right and showed an excellent arm, racking up ten assists in just 33 games.  Vasquez hit for more power with the Spikes, but his plate discipline went south.

Vasquez is an interesting prospect because he has good power, but his plate discipline needs to improve dramatically from what it was at State College.  He was only there briefly, though, so he could improve with more opportunities.  The Pirates had him playing both first and outfield in spring training, so he could end up at either position.  He opened the season in extended spring training, so he’ll probably head to Jamestown.

STATS
Baseball Reference — Minors
Fangraphs
MiLB.com
CONTRACT INFORMATION
2013: Minor League Contract
PLAYER INFORMATION
Signing Bonus: N/A
MiLB Debut: 2009
MLB Debut: N/A
MiLB FA Eligible: 2015
MLB FA Eligible: N/A
Rule 5 Eligible: 2013
Added to 40-Man: N/A
Options Remaining: 3
MLB Service Time: 0.000
TRANSACTIONS
December 6, 2008: Signed by the Pittsburgh Pirates as an international free agent.
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