Jorge Vazquez wasn’t mentioned much by the Yankees over the winter, but the slugging first baseman has homered in the team’s first two Grapefruit League games, forcing them to take notice.
“If he hits a homer every day, I’m sure he’ll get the Grapefruit [League] MVP,” Yankees manager Joe Girardi said.
Notice that Girardi didn’t say that if he hits a homer everyday that he’ll make the team. Because he won’t. Because spring training stats don’t matter. If they did Jon Weber would have made the team after his big spring last year instead of being sent back to the minors only to test positive for steroids in July. I’m not saying that Vazquez is on steroids, only that spring stats don’t matter for much and the Yankees understand this.
Realistically, Vazquez may be the newest version of Juan Miranda. He’s a guy who can slug the ball in the minors and could possibly even crack a few in the bigs, but because inconsistencies and defensive inability he’ll get very few shots to prove himself with the Yankees. He will maybe get the occasional call-up because of an injury or maybe even a trade, but the bulk of his playing time will be with the Scranton Yankees.
Still, it shows the Yankees have decent depth where they could call this guy up in an emergency and he might even help win a game or two with his bat.