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Hector Velazquez. Well, well, well.... What do we have here???

Discussion in 'Red Sox Forum' started by Trotsky, Apr 16, 2018.

  1. Trotsky

    Trotsky Member SoSH Member

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    Doesn't even have a page up at baseball-reference.com yet!!!


    Combining the strength and power of the Trojans greatest warrior and the most amazing Western painter who ever lived..... Hector Valazquez is on my mind.
    Anyhow..... appearing in 4 games so far. 2-0 record. 11K's and 3BB's in 13.1 IP. 1.24 WHIP in 2017.
    Last season after some early horrid appearances he really began to show some promise. Signed for a pittance. VALUABLE!!!!! What do we do with this guy?
    Thinking about some options.... if he continues to ride the AAAA shuttle for the year, picking up occasional spot starts for the ML Club and putting together similar numbers at Pawtucket- he'd be a very valuable addition after this season... or also as very valuable trade bait.
    I'm loving the guy so far and hope to see him as a full time rotation guy next season. But any of you more baseball-wise fellas want to chime in here?
     
  2. Remagellan

    Remagellan Well-Known Member Lifetime Member SoSH Member

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    I love that he throws strikes. It seems like he was 1-2 or 0-2 on almost every hitter.
     
  3. uk_sox_fan

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  4. E5 Yaz

    E5 Yaz Transcends message boarding Lifetime Member SoSH Member

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    Watching Colon throw seven perfect innings the other night caused me to think of Velazquez
     
  5. pokey_reese

    pokey_reese Well-Known Member Gold Supporter SoSH Member

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    He's definitely valuable as a 5th/6th starter who has options, but I'm not sure that his peripherals tell us that he is much more than that. Low k-rate and some luck makes me think that using him as an extra starter is probably better than moving him to the bullpen once Pom is ready.
     
  6. Red(s)HawksFan

    Red(s)HawksFan Member SoSH Member

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    Could have something to do with your misspelling of his name. He's there.
     
  7. DennyDoyle'sBoil

    DennyDoyle'sBoil Found no thrill on Blueberry Hill SoSH Member

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    All very SSS obviously, but he does have a pretty good first-pitch strike rate. He's over 65 percent (100/153). You worry that hitters are going to get more aggressive as this news gets out there, but he actually does induce a lot of first-pitch swings already. Close to 30 percent. (I don't know the league average but I think it's a bit lower than that. Porcello, for example, is around 26 percent.) Guys putting the ball in play on pitch 1 are not hitting him all that well either. Again, SSS, but good start.
     
  8. Trotsky

    Trotsky Member SoSH Member

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    Probably misspelled. Right now his K rate is slightly less than 1 per inning.... that’s pretty good, no?
     
  9. DennyDoyle'sBoil

    DennyDoyle'sBoil Found no thrill on Blueberry Hill SoSH Member

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    He's actually a bit below that. K/9 is about 7.0. That ends up below average, especially taking into account that he's pitched some out of the bullpen and reliever K rates should be a little higher. Still early though and all very SSS.

    https://www.fangraphs.com/library/pitching/rate-stats/
     
  10. Saints Rest

    Saints Rest Well-Known Member Lifetime Member SoSH Member

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    He is exactly what this team needs, a viable spot starter with options.
     
  11. Devizier

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    He throws strikes and his flyball tendencies haven't hurt him (yet). To some extent the Red Sox outfield defense probably helps him but the park works the other way.
     
  12. tonyarmasjr

    tonyarmasjr Member SoSH Member

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    The lower K rate isn't a death sentence, though. I was curious how many guys are successful in today's game with a similar rate. Last year, of the 33 starters with an ERA under 4.00 (min. 150 IP), 10 had a K/9 under 8.0 (7.69 being the highest and highlighted by Cashner's 4.64!), and 6 of those were under 7.0. in 2016, it was 23 of 45 guys, with only 2 under 7.0. More than I would have thought.
     

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