If you pay attention to minor-league box scores, you may have noticed that Trenton had a new DH named Jorge Vazquez. He was 2 for 4 with a homer and drove in all four runs in a 4-1 victory against New Britain.
Vazquez is a 27-year-old right-handed hitter from Mexico who has 10 years of experience in the Mexican League. The Yankees signed him on Dec. 7 with little fanfare. He is a first baseman and can play a little third.
Vazquez played for the Tigres de Quintana Roo, hitting .321 over his career with 151 homers. He was .339/.398/.612 last season with 18 homers in 224 at-bats. Vazquez played for Mexico in the WBC, hitting .294 in five games an driving in five runs. He had a grand slam against Australia.
The Yankees list him as 6-foot, 225 pounds in their media guide. I’ve also seen him listed as 6-2, 235.
The Yankees had good success with Alfredo Aceves last season. Perhaps Vazquez will emerge as a right-handed option late in the season. Given the fragile nature of Hideki Matsui’s knees, having a few DH types in the organization makes sense.