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Best Mexican pitcher will sign with Sox

Discussion in 'Minor League Forums' started by patoaflac, Feb 17, 2017.

  1. patoaflac

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    http://www.excelsior.com.mx/adrenalina/2017/02/17/1146887

    Hector Velázquez the best Mexican pitcher in the Mexican summer league, as well as in the winter league will go to Florida today for physical exams. He will be signing a minor league contract, with the opportunity to be in the major league roster. He permited only one run in 10 innings in the Caribe Series.
    Casil
     
  2. shaggydog2000

    shaggydog2000 Member SoSH Member

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    I love the google translate version of that article:

    We could use a leader of triumphs. Since I speak no Spanish, and the google translation is a little imperfect, my impression could be wrong, but it sounds like they are signing him as a depth starting pitcher or long reliever.
     
  3. Soxfan in Fla

    Soxfan in Fla Member SoSH Member

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    They are signing him to get more triumphs.
     
  4. Marciano490

    Marciano490 Urological Expert SoSH Member

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    Says he's signed to the minors with a chance to make the team out of spring training. Yankees apparently also had interest.
     
  5. patoaflac

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    In summary:
    He led the Mexican winter league with 9 victories 87 K and was second in ERA with 2.32. He was the MVP of the championship series and in the Serie del Caribe he only admitted one run in 10 innings.
    Yankees also had interest, but his agent thought it was more probable he could get to the majors with the Sox, due to 2 starting pitching openings or as a long reliever. He is 28 so it´s now or never. Teddy Higuera got to the Brewers when he was 27.
     
  6. shaggydog2000

    shaggydog2000 Member SoSH Member

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    Looking at Fangraphs, his numbers got a lot better last year. Over 8 K/9 after being in the 6.5-7.5 range for most of his career. And a drop from about 3 BB/9 to 1.1 BB/9. He seems to be worth taking a flyer on. Is there any scouting on his pitches?
     
  7. Saints Rest

    Saints Rest Well-Known Member Lifetime Member SoSH Member

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    Assuming he is AAAA level, he will have options, yes? That being a key element that is lacking in system depth now, no?
     
  8. patoaflac

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    Apparently in 2014 he added a splitter that he has been using lately. His fastball tops 93. I couldn´t find any other information regarding his repertoire.
     
  9. shaggydog2000

    shaggydog2000 Member SoSH Member

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    I for one appreciate the addition of some Mexican Mystery Spice to this year's training camp.
     
  10. snowmanny

    snowmanny Well-Known Member Gold Supporter SoSH Member

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    Ha! Brian Cashman is somewhere throwing chairs against a wall, or at least shoving them vigorously.
     
  11. InsideTheParker

    InsideTheParker Member SoSH Member

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    So, he will get a green card b/c of the Red Sox, and not have any immigration worries?
     
  12. nvalvo

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    H-1B visa for skilled workers, no?
     
  13. simplicio

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    Or a 20% tariff on his contract?
     
  14. patoaflac

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    Or being a skilled climber or jumping the "beautifull wall".
     
  15. SydneySox

    SydneySox A dash of cool to add the heat Gold Supporter SoSH Member

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    Where the hell do the Sox have 2 SP openings?
     
  16. Buzzkill Pauley

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    Portland.
     
  17. patoaflac

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  18. Mugsy's Jock

    Mugsy's Jock Longtime Member Lifetime Member Gold Supporter SoSH Member

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    Besides Alfredo Aceves and kinda-sorta Ted Williams, what other Mexicans have ever played for the Sox?
     
  19. patoaflac

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    Baldomero Almada the first Mexican player ever to play in the Majors, played for the Sox. It's interesting to notice this happened in 1933.
    [​IMG] http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/a/almadme01.shtml

    Also, I remember Vicente Romo.
    http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/r/romovi01.shtml

    Bobby Avila, batting champ in Cleveland in 1954, played 22 games for the Sox before retiring.
    http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/a/avilabo01.shtml

    I also remember Dennys Reyes pitched some innings before retiring.
     
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  20. kazuneko

    kazuneko Member SoSH Member

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    If you include Mexican Americans, probably the best Mexican first baseman (Adrian Gonzalez) and SS (Nomar) played for the Sox...
     
  21. Lose Remerswaal

    Lose Remerswaal Leaves after the 8th inning Lifetime Member SoSH Member

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    Velazquez might get a callup for the series in Oakland!
     
  22. SumnerH

    SumnerH Malt Liquor Picker Dope

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    He's got 2 triumphs, 20 Ks, and a sublivet of effectiveness of 1.55 through 5 appearances/29.0 IP with the Pawtucket Red Averages this year.
     
  23. Bob Montgomery's Helmet Hat

    Bob Montgomery's Helmet Hat has big, douchey shoulders Lifetime Member SoSH Member

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    Well, that was a fun experiment
     
  24. Plympton91

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    It was amazing to hear the Oakland radio announcers talking about his 90mph fastball being "poor velocity". I remember when that was above average. Now, it almost seems like 94 is the price of admission.
     
  25. Boggs26

    Boggs26 Well-Known Member Silver Supporter SoSH Member

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    And not just for bottom of the rotation guys, Tom Glavine spent most of his career "sometimes hitting 91". Would he even get a call up today?
     
  26. SumnerH

    SumnerH Malt Liquor Picker Dope

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    He'd probably read 94 today. In the early 90s they were measuring with radar guns as best they could mid-trajectory; pitch f/x bumped that to 55' back, and the Trackman doppler they switched to this year bumped measurements up another half mph or so.
     

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