Yankees Jorge Vazquez Named Caribbean Series MVP

yankees jorge vazquez wins caribbean series mvpYankees minor leaguer Jorge Vazquez was named Most Valuable Player of the Caribbean Series.

The series is a showdown between the best teams in the Mexican, Venezuelan, Puerto Rican, and Dominican Republic winter leagues. So getting that far and winning the MVP award is no small accomplishment. He hit .310 with two homers and six RBI’s to win it.

Vazquez, 29, is not exactly a prospect in the Yankees system. Last year he played mostly in Triple-A where he hit .271 with a .839 OPS over 76 games. Those numbers are good, but not great. Combine them with his age and there is your reason why he’s not much of a prospect.

To make things rougher for him, he is primarily a first baseman, although he does play a little third base. So he is blocked by Mark Teixeira (and Juan Miranda last season).

He could be invited to spring training this year, but Eric Chavez and Ronnie Belliard are ahead of him when it comes to winning a job. Even Ramiro Pena and Eduardo Nunez, because of their versatility, may have an edge over him. Also, don’t forget Brandon Laird.

Vazquez is a decent player for his level and winning a Caribbean Series MVP is no small accomplishment. His offensive numbers aren’t likely to carry over to the majors though and he doesn’t offer much in terms of defense, versatility, or speed. So there is a chance he could play in the Bronx one day, but he certainly won’t be a big difference maker and it would probably take one or two players to get injured first.

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3 Responses to Yankees Jorge Vazquez Named Caribbean Series MVP

  1. dutchsailor says:

    Not so great with the glove either. Made Miranda look like a gold glove.

  2. dutchsailor says:

    Also, do you think Chavez will opt out of the contract, or will he play in SWB if he doesn't make the major league team out of spring training?

    • My guess is that there is no chance he plays in Scranton. If he doesn't make the team out of spring training, chances are that he won't ever make the team. There would probably be something else out there for him. Even if it was a minor league deal with a team that didn't have A-Rod and Teixeira at the corners.