Getting reacquainted with Javier Vazquez
Here’s some refresher info on Javier Vazquez, from the Yankees:
Vazquez, 33, went 15-10 with a 2.87 ERA (219.1IP, 181H, 70ER, 44BB, 238K, 20HR) with Atlanta in 2009, finishing fourth in National League Cy Young Award voting. He ranked second in the NL in strikeouts, strikeout-to-walk ratio (5.41) and opponents’ on-base percentage (.266); third in strikeouts per 9.0IP (9.77); tied for fourth in wins; fifth in innings pitched, opponents’ batting average (.223) and hits allowed per 9.0IP (7.43); and sixth in ERA. Over his final 22 starts of 2009, Vazquez posted a 2.49 ERA with 160 strikeouts and just 29 walks in 155.1IP, while limiting opponents to a .217 average.
Since 2000, he has recorded at least 10 wins and 150 strikeouts each season, making him just the 10th pitcher in Major League history to accomplish the feat according to the Elias Sports Bureau. Eight of the other nine pitchers are in the Hall of Fame. Over the same 10-year stretch, Vazquez ranks second in the Majors in innings pitched (2163.0), strikeouts (2001) and starts (327), while tossing at least 200.0 innings in all but one season (198.0 in 2004).
Originally selected by Montreal in the fifth round of the 1994 First Year Player Draft, Vazquez played his first six Major League seasons with the Expos from 1998-2003, compiling a 64-68 record with a 4.16 ERA (1229.1IP, 568ER). Prior to the 2004 season, he was traded to the Yankees in exchange for first baseman Nick Johnson, outfielder Juan Rivera and left-handed pitcher Randy Choate. In his lone season as a Yankee in 2004, Vazquez made the American League All-Star team, going 14-10 with a 4.91 ERA (198.0IP, 103ER). On January 11, 2005, he was traded with left-handed pitcher Brad Halsey, catcher Dioner Navarro and cash considerations to Arizona for left-handed pitcher Randy Johnson.
In a 12-year Major League career with Montreal, the Yankees, Arizona (2005), the White Sox (2006-08) and Atlanta, Vazquez owns a 142-139 record with a 4.19 ERA and 2,253 strikeouts. He is under contract through the 2010 season.