Full name is Hector Velázquez ... He and his wife, Asamary Osobampo, have 2 sons, Hector Emilio (born May 2015) and Josue Mateo (born December 2018).
Spent the majority of the season with the Red Sox, going 7-2 with a 3.18 ERA (30 ER/85.0 IP) over 8 starts and 39 relief appearances ... Made his 1st career Opening Day roster and spent the entire season with the ML club, working between the starting rotation and the bullpen ... Was 2-2 with a 4.15 ERA (14 ER/30.1 IP) in 8 starts for BOS, with the Red Sox going 5-3 in those outings ... Did not allow more than 3 ER in any of his 8 starts ... Was 5-0 with a 2.63 ERA (16 ER/54.2 IP) in 39 relief appearances ... Among AL relievers, finished T-9th in ERA ... Among AL rookies, ranked T-6th in wins (7), 8th in appearances (47), and 10th in innings (85.0) ... Stranded 12 of 19 inherited runners ... Worked more than 1.0 inning in 16 of his 39 relief appearances ... Earned 5 wins over a span of 10 appearances (2 starts) from 4/1-5/13 ... Made his season debut in a start and earned the win on 4/1 at TB, going a career-high 5.2 IP (ER, 5 SO) ... Earned a win in his 2nd start of the season (4/14 vs. BAL) ... Won each of his 7 decisions from 4/1-7/30, tied for the longest win streak by a BOS pitcher in 2018 (also Chris Sale) ... Tied for the 2nd-longest win streak in the AL ... Dating back to 6/14/17, won 10 consecutive decisions, marking MLB's longest active win streak prior to his loss on 8/19 vs. TB ... It was the longest win streak by a BOS pitcher since Joe Kelly won 15 straight decisions from 2015-17 ... Was on the DL with a low back strain from 5/14-23 ... Made 1 rehab appearance with Triple-A Pawtucket on 5/21 vs. Scranton/Wilkes-Barre ... Ended the season with 6 scoreless appearances out of the bullpen (5.1 IP), beginning on 9/11 ... Following the season, pitched for the MLB team in the 6-game Japan All-Star Series in November ... Made his lone appearance on 11/14 against Samurai Japan, throwing the 6th-7th innings (2.0 IP, 4 H, 4 R/2 ER, 2 SO) ... Also pitched in an exhibition game against the Yomiuri Giants on 11/18 at Tokyo Dome ... Started that game and earned the win, a 9-6 victory for the MLB All-Stars (2.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 SO).
Spent most of his debut season in the U.S. with Triple-A Pawtucket, but appeared in 8 ML games (3 starts) over 5 stints with BOS...Allowed 6 ER in 5.0 IP in his ML debut on 5/18 at OAK (start), but went 3-0 with a 0.92 ERA (2 ER/19.2 IP) in his remaining ML games. Did not allow a run in his final 13.1 IP in the majors. Between BOS and Triple-A Pawtucket, did not allow a run in his final 17.0 IP (beginning 8/18). In 5 ML relief appearances, went 3-0 with a 0.00 ERA (10.1 IP)...Is the only BOS pitcher-and 1 of only 5 ML pitchers-since 1913 to earn a win in each of his first 3 career relief appearances (last: Alexi Ogando in 2010). Also went 8-4 with a 2.21 ERA (25 ER/102.0 IP) and a .213 opponent AVG in 19 starts with the PawSox. Made 8 scoreless starts of 5.0+ innings for Pawtucket. Led Pawtucket pitchers in starts...His 2.21 ERA and 1.00 WHIP were the lowest among PawSox pitchers who made at least 1 start...Also ranked 3rd among club leaders in wins and innings. Began the season with the PawSox and posted a 1.55 ERA (5 ER/29.0 IP) in his first 5 starts. Made his U.S. debut on 4/11 vs. Syracuse (4.2 IP, 3 ER)...Each of his next 3 outings was scoreless (17.1 IP). Threw 6.0 perfect innings on 4/30 vs. Gwinnett...Selected to the ML roster on 5/18 and started that night at OAK, suffering the loss (5.0 IP, 9 H, 6 ER, 3 HR, 2 BB, 4 SO)...Optioned to Pawtucket on 5/23. Allowed 0 runs in 13.0 IP over 3 starts for the PawSox from 6/1-10 before returning to BOS on 6/14... Earned the win that night at PHI after allowing only 1 hit in 3.1 scoreless innings of relief. Made his 2nd ML start on 6/19 at KC but did not factor into the decision (5.1 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 0 BB, 3 SO). Optioned to Pawtucket following the Sox' game vs. LAA on 6/23. Recalled by BOS on 7/18 and earned the win that night vs. TOR after pitching the final 4.0 innings of a 5-4, 15-inning victory over the Blue Jays (0 R, 2 H, 1 BB, 3 SO)...Optioned to Pawtucket after the game. Allowed 0 runs in his final 10.0 IP with the PawSox. Surrendered 1 hit in 7.0 scoreless innings on 8/27 vs. Lehigh Valley. Recalled by BOS on 9/3 and made 4 more appearances with the club...In the Sox' 3-2, 19-inning win vs. TOR on 9/5, earned the win after pitching a scoreless 19th. Started the Sox' season finale on 10/1 vs. HOU and threw 4.0 shutout innings (3 H, 2 BB, 4 SO). Following the season, allowed only 2 ER in 25.0 IP (0.72 ERA) in 6 starts for Navojoa in the Mexican Winter League, including 3 postseason starts...Earned 2 postseason wins, helping Navojoa reach the finals.