Hector Velazquez Boston Red Sox  |  Pitcher

     
 

Age: 28
Born: November 26, 1988
Sonora, Mexico
Height: 6-0
Weight: 180
Bats: Right
Throws: Right
Drafted: Not drafted
How Acquired: Selected contract from Campeche of the Mexican League (February 2017)

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Physical Description: Undersized righty. Has filled out his frame and is a good athlete.

Mechanics: Throws from a high three-quarters arm slot. Starts on the first base side of the rubber from the stretch. Uses a short, quick step, similar to if he started from the windup. Makes timing him difficult for hitters. Utilizes a medium leg kick and short arm action. Gets some deception from keeping the ball behind his body until late. Gets good extension and delivery is low-effort.

Fastball: 89-91 mph. Tops out at 93 mph. Has only average velocity, but the pitch plays up due to his strong command of the offering and its late life. Hitters don’t seem to pick up the pitch until late and really struggle to square it up. Has shown the ability to command the pitch to all quadrants of the zone, primarily doing so in the bottom third unless he looks to elevate when ahead in the count. Will manipulate the pitch, throwing a two-seam fastball in the high-80s and a cutter at 86-88 mph at times.

Slider: 79-83 mph. Looks like two different pitches at times. In the lower end of the velocity range, the pitch rolls to the plate and lacks tilt, but in the upper end, it is sharper and shows some bite.

Changeup/Splitter: 81-83 mph. Has some feel for the pitch and threw it with the same arm speed as his fastball. Flashes late, downward action on occasion. Throws two variations: a straight change and splitter-like variation.

Curveball: 70-74 mph, and at its best, the pitch showed 12-to-6 break and depth. For the most part, it was a show-me pitch used to steal a strike early in the count. 

Career Notes: Red Sox reportedly beat out the Yankees for Velazquez’s services during 2016-17 offseason; his Mexican club let him pick between the two before selling his contract. Club managed his workload closely during spring training and early in the 2017 season after he threw 246 2/3 innings between the regular and winter seasons in Mexico in 2016.

Summation: Projects as a spot starter/swingman at the big league level. Lacks a true plus pitch, but has a solid pitch mix. He can throw all of his pitches for strikes and has shown a willingness to use any of them in any count. Raw stuff doesn’t stand out, he has an advanced feel for pitching and advanced command-and-control profile.

 
   
    Pitching Stats                                          
  year team lg level org age w l % era g gs sv ip h r er hr bb so whip k/bb k/9
  2010 Campeche Mex --- --- 21 6 4 0.600 2.93 29 14 0 92.0 84 33 30 6 39 50 1.34 1.28 4.89
  2010 Obregon Mex Wint --- 21 3 1 0.750 5.44 26 6 0 49.2 60 36 30 7 20 26 1.61 1.30 4.71
  2011 Campeche Mex --- --- 22 1 1 0.500 4.71 5 5 0 21.0 25 11 11 1 13 20 1.81 1.54 8.57
  2011 Obregon Mex Wint --- 22 0 2 0.000 5.23 10 4 0 20.2 20 14 12 1 10 9 1.45 0.90 3.92
  2012 Campeche Mex --- --- 23 11 7 0.611 4.40 19 19 0 104.1 111 55 51 14 32 79 1.37 2.47 6.81
  2012 Navojoa Mex Wint --- 23 2 6 0.250 5.94 14 14 0 69.2 78 48 46 8 40 52 1.69 1.30 6.72
  2013 Campeche Mex --- --- 24 3 5 0.375 4.19 22 22 0 124.2 147 65 58 17 39 91 1.49 2.33 6.57
  2013 Navojoa Mex Wint --- 24 8 1 0.889 2.77 13 13 0 74.2 50 23 18 4 26 60 1.02 2.31 7.23
  2014 Campeche Mex --- --- 25 11 7 0.611 4.10 21 21 0 118.2 120 59 54 11 39 98 1.34 2.51 7.43
  2014 Navojoa Mex Wint --- 25 0 7 0.000 7.33 11 11 0 46.2 56 40 38 4 37 41  1.99 1.11 7.91
  2015 Campeche Mex --- --- 26 6 4 0.600 4.44 18 17 0 95.1 98 54 47 10 35 70 1.40 2.00 6.61
  2015 Navojoa Mex Wint --- 26 5 2 0.714 2.92 13 13 0 71.0 59 28 23 4 21 36 1.13 1.71 4.56
  2016 Monclova Mex --- --- 27 5 1 0.833 2.47 22 22 0 131.1 115 43 36 8 16 120 1.00 7.50 8.22
  2016 Navojoa Mex Wint --- 27 9 3 0.750 2.32 14 14 0 85.1 78 24 22 6 16 87 1.10 5.44 9.18
  2017 Pawtucket IL AAA Bos 28 8 4 0.667 2.21 19 19 0 102.0 78 27 25 7 24 79 1.00 3.29 6.97
  2017 Boston AL MLB Bos 28 3 1 0.750 2.92 8 3 0 24.2 21 8 8 4 7 19 1.14 2.71 6.93
   
  Additional Player Info  
  Pronunciation: ---
First Pro Contract:
February 18, 2017 (BOS)
Signing Bonus: N/A
MiLB Debut: April 11, 2017 (Pawtucket)
MLFA Eligible: N/A
Rule 5 Draft Eligible: N/A
Added to 40-man: May 18, 2017 (Bos)
MLB Debut:
May 18, 2017 (Bos)
MLB Service Time (through 2016):
-
Options Remaining
: 3 (0 used)
Contract (2017): $535,000
Trade Restrictions
: -
     
  Awards
2010 Mexican League Rookie of the Year
SoxProspects.com Awards
SoxProspects.com Pitcher of the Week (April 24-30, 2017)
SoxProspects.com Pitcher of the Week (May 29 - June 4, 2017)
SoxProspects.com Pitcher of the Week (August 21-27, 2017)
2017 SoxProspects.com Rookie of the Year
2017 SoxProspects.com All-Star

 

  

 
 

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