Full name is Christian Rafael Vázquez. Signed by Edgar Perez (Red Sox). Graduated from Puerto Rico Baseball Academy High School in 2008.
Made his 1st career Opening Day roster...Played in a career-high 99 games (85 starts at catcher, 2 starts at DH)...Earned the Unsung Hero Award from the Boston Baseball Writers. Recorded more runs (43), hits (94), triples (2), HR (5), and stolen bases (7) than he did in his first 3 ML seasons combined...Hit 18 doubles and recorded 32 RBI, doubling his career totals in each category. Led AL catchers with a .290 AVG (94-for-324), the 2nd-highest mark among ML backstops (min. 250 AB)...Since 1940, the only other Sox catchers to hit .290+ (min. 300 AB) are Jason Varitek (.296, 2004), Rich Gedman (.295, 1985), and Carlton Fisk (.293, 1972; .315, 1977). Threw out 19 of 48 attempted base stealers (39.6%), the 4th-highest rate among ML catchers (min. 20 G). Recorded 2 pickoffs...Caught a runner stealing and recorded a pickoff on both 8/4 vs. CWS and 9/25 vs. TOR. Finished 2nd in the AL with a .348 home AVG (54-for-155), trailing only Adrian Beltre (.362, min. 100 AB)...Marked the highest home AVG by a Sox catcher since Hal Wagner hit .350 in 1944. Hit .299 (23-for-77) with RISP, including .533 (8-for-15) with a 1.229 OPS from 8/28 on. Stole his first 7 career bases (7-for-9, 77.8%)...No other Sox catcher had stolen 7+ bases with as high a success rate since Carlton Fisk in 1973 & 1978 (7-for-9). Finished 2nd in the AL (3rd in the majors) with a .275 AVG with 2 strikes (47-for-171)...Marks the highest 2-strike AVG by a Red Sox catcher since 1988. Went 4-for-4 on 4/11 vs. BAL and 8/28 at TOR...Only 2 other ML catchers went 4-for-4 or better in a game all season (BAL's Caleb Joseph and Welington Castillo). Prior to Vázquez, the last Red Sox catcher with multiple 4-for-4 or better performances in a single season was Rich Gedman (3 in 1985). Stole a base in each of his 4-for-4 games...Prior to Vázquez, the last Red Sox catcher with 4 hits and a SB in a single game was Johnny Peacock on 9/21/38...No other ML catcher had such a game in 2017. Prior to Vázquez, the last ML catchers to record 4+ hits and steal a base multiple times in a season were Joe Mauer (2 in 2005) and B.J. Surhoff (3 in 1988). Had 5 games with 3+ hits and a SB, the most ever by a Red Sox catcher in a single season. Made his season debut on 4/8 at DET (1-for-1, 2 HBP)...Was the first Red Sox to be hit by a pitch multiple times in his season debut since Roxy Walters in 1920...Reached base in each of his first 7 PA of the season (5-for-5, 2 HBP)...According to Elias, became the first Red Sox hitter to reach base safely in his first 7 PA of any season since Ted Cox in 1977 (7 PA). Went 4-for-4 from the No. 9 spot in the order on 4/11 vs. BAL, his 2nd time doing so (also 9/25/14 vs. TB). Finished April with a .412 AVG (14-for-34), the highest AVG through April by an AL catcher since Ivan Rodriguez in 1998 (.446, min. 30 AB). Went 1-for-2 with 2 BB, a SB, and a game-winning HR on 6/27 vs. MIN, his first HR since 5/1/16 vs. NYY...Was his 3rd career HR, each of which was a tie-breaking 2-run shot at Fenway Park...Scored a run in a career-high 5 straight games from 6/27-7/4 (6 runs). Posted a career-long 14-game on-base streak from 7/25-8/21, batting .431 (22-for-51) with 12 runs. Reached base in a career-long 18 straight home games from 7/19-9/14...Hit .397 (25-for-63) with a .449 OBP and a 1.100 OPS over the streak...From 7/29 through the rest of the season, ranked 4th in MLB with a .346 AVG (46-for-133, min. 50 AB). Hit .400 (38-for-95) in 29 games from 7/29-9/16. From 7/29-8/3, became the 1st Red Sox player to record multiple hits in 5 straight games-all as a catcher-since Carlton Fisk in 1977 (6)...Had 5 XBH in those games. Recorded his 1st career walk-off RBI on 8/1 vs. CLE, turning a 10-9 deficit into a 12-10 win with a 3-run HR. Was the 2nd walk-off HR by a Sox catcher in 2017 (also Sandy Leon, 4/5 vs. PIT)...According to Elias, the only other season in which 2 Sox catchers have hit walk-off HR is 1995 (Mike Macfarlane and Bill Haselman). On 8/28 at TOR, went 4-for-4 with a HR, a double, and a SB...Was his 3rd career 4-for-4 performance, each of which has included multiple XBH. On 9/14 vs. OAK, tied the game with a solo HR in the 5th inning...Marked his 4th straight game with an RBI...POSTSEASON: Made his 2nd career postseason roster and 1st postseason appearances, starting Games 2 and 4 of the ALDS vs. HOU. Reached base in 4 of 8 PA (2-for-6, 2 BB), including a 2-for-3 effort with a run scored and walk in Game 2. Became the first major league catcher to reach base 3 times in his postseason debut since BOS's Jarrod Saltalamacchia in Game 1 of the 2013 ALDS vs. TB.
Returned after missing the entire 2015 season recovering from Tommy John surgery... Appeared in 57 ML games and made 49 starts over a pair of stints with the Red Sox...Also appeared in 42 games with Triple-A Pawtucket. Threw out 8 of 23 (34.8%) attempted base stealers at the ML level. Began the season on the DL (retroactive to 3/25) recovering from Tommy John surgery...Reached base safely in each of his 5 rehab games with Pawtucket from 4/8-14, making 4 starts at catcher and going 6-for-13 (.462) with a double, 7 BB, 2 RBI, and a .650 OBP. Was activated from the 15-day DL on 4/15, starting that day vs. TOR...Was his 1st ML game since 9/27/14 vs. NYY...Went 2-for-4 with a double and 2 runs scored, also picking off a runner at 1B. Broke a 6-6 tie with a 2-run HR off Dellin Betances in the 7th inning on 5/1 vs. NYY...Was his 1st HR since 9/25/14. Optioned to Pawtucket on 7/5 and remained with the PawSox until being recalled to the big league club on 9/5... Appeared in 6 more ML games (2 starts), going 2-for-8 with a double. Caught all 10 innings of the Sox' 3-2 win at TB on 9/25, when BOS set a franchise record with 23 SO...The Sox set a ML record by striking out 11 consecutive batters faced, from the 2nd out of the 4th inning through the final out of the 7th. Started 41 games at catcher for the PawSox, throwing out 11 of 24 (46%) attempted base stealers...Hit .291 (32-for-110) with a .358 OBP vs. RHP...Batted .314 (22-for-70) with a .377 OBP in 19 August games in the minors. Following the season, played for Santurce in the Puerto Rican Winter League...Hit .237 (23-for-97) with 2 HR in 28 regular season games...Started each of the club's 13 postseason games (DH-7, C-6), batting .405 (17-for-42, 11 RBI, 5 R, 4 2B, 2 3B, 6 BB, HBP)...Threw out 2 of 3 attempted base stealers and picked off a runner at 1B in the postseason. POSTSEASON: Named to the Red Sox' ALDS roster vs. CLE but did not appear in a game.
Missed the season recovering from Tommy John surgery on his right elbow...Procedure was performed on 4/2 by Dr. James Andrews in Pensacola, FL. Was originally placed on the 60-day DL on 3/30 with a right elbow sprain...Sustained injury in spring training. Returned to game action in the Fall Instructional League in September/October...Served only as DH (did not catch). Following the season, hit .254 (32-for-126, 6 2B, 3B, 12 RBI) in 34 games between Mayaguez and Santurce of the Puerto Rican Winter League, including the postseason...Served only as a DH (did not catch).
Played 55 games for the Red Sox, his 1st career ML action, including 54 games at catcher (50 starts)...Took over as the club's regular catcher after July recall...Reached base safely in 40 of his 50 starts for BOS, hitting .240 (42-for-175) with 9 2B, HR, 20 RBI, and 19 BB...Threw out 51.7% of attempted base stealers (15 of 29), best in the majors among catchers with at least 50 games behind the plate...Was the best such mark in Red Sox history (since CS began being tracked in the AL in 1920)...Did not benefit from a pitcher caught stealing, making his 51.7% catcher caught stealing rate the best among major leaguers with at least 50 games behind the plate since STL's Yadier Molina in 2005 (54.8%; 17 of 31)...Was the best such mark by a rookie catcher since CCS began being tracked in 1974...Posted a team-best 4.04 catcher's ERA...His 54 games, 50 starts, and 458.1 innings at catcher all ranked 2nd on the team to A.J. Pierzynski (64 games, 60 starts, 540.0 inn.)...Had 4 pickoffs, the most by a Red Sox catcher in a season since Rich Gedman had 4 in 1985...Hit .286 (20-for-70) at Fenway Park compared to .210 (22-for-105) on the road...Went 7-for-24 (.292) with 5 walks with 2 out and runners in scoring position...Began the year with Triple-A Pawtucket, hitting .273 (68-for-244) with 17 2B, 3 HR, 20 RBI, 35 R, and 21 BB in 66 games...Threw out 39.6% of attempted base stealers (19 of 48)...Named a Mid-Season International League All-Star and was also selected to the 2014 SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game...Did not participate in either contest...Recalled 7/9 and made his ML debut that night, starting behind the plate in a 5-4 win vs. CWS...Started 50 of Boston's 72 remaining games following his recall...The Red Sox won his first 5 career starts from 7/9-21, over which Red Sox pitchers allowed only 9 runs...Was the 1st Red Sox ever to start as a catcher and win each of his first 5 major league games, and the 1st AL player to do it since MIL's Bill Schroeder in 1983 (Source: Elias)...Went 3-for-4 with 2 R, 2 2B, and 3 RBI in his 2nd ML game on 7/11 at HOU...Was the fastest Red Sox to a 3+ hit game since Nomar Garciaparra's on 9/1/96 at OAK (2nd game, 3 H)...Appeared in 13 of the club's last 14 games beginning on 9/12 (11 starts)...Hit safely in 8 of his last 9 starts (.400, 12-for-30, 2 2B, HR, 5 RBI, 4 BB)...Went 4-for-4 with a double and his 1st ML home run on 9/25 vs. TB...The homer was a 2-run, go-ahead shot off Jeremy Hellickson in the 2nd inning...Was the 1st Red Sox rookie catcher with 4 or more hits in a game since Scott Hatteberg had 4 hits on 8/8/97 vs. KC...Following the season, played 33 games for San Juan of the Puerto Rican Winter League...Ranked 9th among qualifiers with a .288 AVG (32-for-111) and had 6 2B, HR, 12 RBI, 10 BB, and a .365 OBP...Tied for the league lead among catchers with 10 CS (21 attempts, 47.6%)...Was named by Baseball America as the best defensive catcher in the International League in 2014.
Led Double-A Portland with a .289 AVG (99-for-342) and was named team MVP. Including 1 game with Triple-A Pawtucket, ranked 5th among full-season Red Sox minor league qualifiers with a career-best .287 AVG (99-for-345)…Also posted a career-high .375 OBP. Ranked 9th in AVG among Eastern League qualifiers…Had the 4th-highest ratio of plate appearances per strikeout (9.1). Topped Eastern League backstops throwing out 46.5 percent (47 of 101) attempted base stealers…Also led EL catchers in total chances (871), putouts (781), and assists (tied, 80). Named Red Sox Minor League Defensive Player of the Month for April (11 CS in 16 G). Reached in all 5 PA on 5/22 vs. New Hampshire (4-for-4, 2 2B, 3B, HR, 2 RBI, BB). Started behind the plate for the Eastern Division in the Eastern League All-Star Game on 7/10 in New Britain. Posted a season-long 12-game hitting streak from 7/31-8/16 (.429 AVG, 21-for-49, 3 2B, 7 RBI)…Matched the longest hit streak by a Sea Dog all year. Hit .347 (50-for-144) after the All-Star break…Promoted to Triple-A Pawtucket on 9/1, where he made his Triple-A debut the next day in the PawSox' regular season finale. Hit .273 (3-for-11) with 2 RBI and 2 walks in 3 playoff games for Pawtucket. After the season, played for Santurce of the Puerto Rico Winter League and led the league with 32 games behind the plate…Threw out a league-best 63.0% (17 of 27) of attempted base stealers. Following the season, ranked by Baseball America as the best defensive catcher in the Red Sox farm system for a 3rd straight year…Also named the best defensive catcher in the Eastern League.
Played the majority of the year with High-A Salem, where he was a Carolina LeaguePost-Season All-Star...Also made his Double-A debut with 20 games for Portland. Combined to throw out 49 of 122 base stealers (40.2%), including a Carolina League-best 41.9 percentage(44 of 105)...Also topped the circuit with 110 assists at the position.Led the Red Sox system with 96 games caught.Named Red Sox Minor League Defensive Player of the Month for June after throwing out 10 of 23 attemptedbase stealers (43.5%).Combined to set a single-season career-high with 48 walks, including 8 walks compared to 9 strikeouts in Double-A.Recalled for Double-A debut on 8/3...At time of transfer, ranked 13th in the Carolina League with a .360 OBP.Over his last 28 games with Salem from 6/23-8/2, led the Carolina League in AVG (.353) and OBP (.455), andranked among CL leaders in SLG (5th, .598) and OPS (3rd, 1.053).Notched 4 straight multi-hit games from 6/23-28 and again from 7/4-9.Batted .291 (51-for-175) over his final 48 games of the season beginning 6/23.Following the season, hit .257 (9-for-35) with 8 walks in 10 games for Surprise in the Arizona Fall League...Then played 9 contests for Manati of the Puerto Rico Winter League, going 7-for-24 (.292) with 2 doubles, atriple, and a homer.
Spent the year with Single-A Greenville and was named Red Sox Minor League DefensivePlayer of the Year.Threw out 37 of 111 (33.3%) of opposing base stealers and posted a .991 fielding percentage (9 E/904 TC)...Led South Atlantic League catchers in chances (904), putouts (788), and assists (108).Reached single-season career-highs in homers (18) and RBI (84)...His 84 RBI led the Drive and ranked 4thamong Red Sox minor leaguers.Also paced the Drive with 18 homers and ranked among club leaders in at-bats (3rd, 392), hits (2nd, 111),doubles (T-2nd, 27), and walks (T-2nd, 43).Named SAL Player of the Week from 6/20-26 (.467, 7-for-15, 4 HR) and from 8/29-9/4 (.381, 8-for-21, 3 HR).Selected as the Red Sox Minor League Defensive Player for July.Following the season, was rated byBaseball America as best defensive catcher in the SAL and in Red Sox system.After the season, played in 3 games with Indios de Mayaguez of the Puerto Rico Winter League.
Played his 1st full season with Single-A Greenville and led the club with 60 gamesbehind the plate...Threw out 31 of 76 (40.8%) attempted base stealers.Made his 1st pro appearances at 1st base (3 games) and 2nd base (1).Hit 1st career grand slam on 4/17 at Lexington (KC).Hit .370 (20-for-54) during a 14-game hit streak from 5/31-7/3.Went 5-for-21 (.238) with 3 doubles and 2 RBI in 6 playoff games for the Drive.
Split the year with 31 games between the Rookie-level Gulf Coast Red Sox and ShortA Lowell.Combined for 21 games at catcher, 9 at 3rd base, and 1 at DH.Threw out 6 of 26 (23.1%) attempted base stealers.Began the year in the GCL before transferring to Lowell on 7/8.His 1st hit for the Spinners was a game-tying pinch-hit homer in the 9th inning on 7/9 vs. Tri-City (HOU).
Led the Gulf Coast League Red Sox with 21 games caught in his pro debut.Threw out 5 of 32 (15.6%) attempted base stealers.