Full name is Hector Velázquez. He and his wife, Asamary Osobampo, have a son, Hector Emilio (born 5/19/15).
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.