Jorge Luis Vasquez attended San Jose de Villa in Nagua,DR.
Right-handed batters hit .130 (16-123) against him in 38.0 innings...In 23 road games, he was 1-0 with three saves and a 1.60 ERA...In 33.2 innings, he gave up 21 hits with 20 walks and 45 strikeouts...Worked a season-high 2.1 innings to pick up a win against Bowie on May 24...Also threw 2.0 innings on 12 other occasions...Struck out four batters five times...Did not allow a run in eight straight appearances from June 10-June 26 (12.0 innings)...From August 12 until the end of the season, he pitched 9.1 innings without allowing a run (eight games)...Went 0-1 in eight regular season games for Gigantes del Cibao in the Dominican Winter League...Also made three playoff
appearances and allowed two runs over 2.0 innings.
Recalled by Atlanta on June 13 and worked 2.1 innings that night at Texas...Picked up his first Major League victory on June 25 vs. Baltimore with 0.2 innings of scoreless relief...Made his final appearance with Atlanta on July 2 at Philadelphia...Optioned to Richmond (AAA) of the International League on July 8.
Went 4-5 with 18 saves and a 4.68 ERA in 49 relief appearances for Wichita (AA)...Finished fourth in the Texas League in saves...Recalled from Wichita on 8/10...Made his Major League debut on 8/13 at OAK, pitching a perfect ninth inning in a 10-3 win...Allowed four runs (three earned) on four hits, including a three-run HR to Bret Boone, in 2.1 innings of work
in his only other big league appearance...Was optioned back to Wichita on 8/21.
Began the 2003 season at Wilmington (A), going 1-2 with 7
saves and a 1.96 ERA in 23.0 innings...promoted to Wichita (AA)
on May 20 where he went 3-1 with a 1.92 ERA in 36 games.
Finished 4th in the Texas League with 22 saves...went 1-0
with 16 saves and a 1.30 ERA in 19 relief appearances for the
Wranglers on the road.
His 29 total saves in 2003 led all Royals Minor Leaguers.
Pitched 12 consecutive scoreless outings (14.0 IP) with
Wilmington from April 17-May 14.
Allowed just 3 ER in his 1st 14 outings with Wichita (21.0 IP)
for a 1.29 ERA.
Was 1-0 with 16 saves and a 1.30 ERA in 19 road games for
Wichita...held opponents to .204 hitting away from Wichita.
Minor League notes
Joined Burlington from extended spring training on May 8,
2002 and was promoted to Wilmington on July 27...was placed
on the Disabled List on Aug. 31 with a strained groin...
combined to hold opposing batters to the 9th-lowest average
against (.165) among all Minor League pitchers.
Also ranked 4th among Midwestern League relievers, allowing
just 7.43 runners per 9.0 innings...his .141 average against
was the lowest in the league.
Was signed as a non-drafted free agent, Sept. 1, 1998
...signed by Luis Silverio and Diomedes Castellanos.