Vincent John Velasquez (pronounced veh-LAS-kehz)… 2010 graduate of Garey High School (CA)… Played shortstop and pitched in high school… Was a three-time All-Mt. Baldy League First-Team Infielder… Was named team MVP in 2009 in his junior season; went 6-1, 1.89 ERA on the mound and batted .608 with 14 2B, 29 RBI and 18 steals that season…Signed by: Tim Costic.
Made his third career and third consecutive Opening Day roster...Posted a 2.34 ERA (11 ER, 42.1 IP) with 1 HR allowed in 8 road starts, 5/5-8/21... Had 282 SO through his first 50 career starts, which when achieved was the 7th-most by any ML starter through his first 50 career starts since 2015...On 5/10 vs SF, became the first Phillies pitcher with 12 or more strikeouts and multiple hits at the plate since 9/16/13 (Cliff Lee, 14 SO, 3 H)...Tied a career-high 3-game win streak, 5/5-17... Went 3-1 with a 2.30 ERA (7 ER, 27.1 IP) and 36 SO in 5 May starts; it was the lowest ERA of any month in his career (min. 5 starts)... Carried a no-hitter through at least 5.0 innings three separate times (5/28 at LAD, 6/14 vs COL, 7/22 vs SD), something all Phillies did three times from 2013-17...Was on the 10-day DL, 7/1-10, with a right forearm contusion after being struck with a line drive...Earned a win in relief on 7/24 vs LAD, two days after earning a win in a start; it was his first game in relief since 10/2/15 at ARI and first career win in relief...Posted a 0.95 ERA (2 ER, 19.0 IP) in July, the lowest ERA among any NL pitcher with at least 15.0 IP, and 4th-lowest in MLB... Became the first Phillies starter to go 8 straight starts without allowing a home run (6/30-8/21) since Roy Halladay went 10 straight, 7/24-9/14/11... Issued one walk or none in 9 of 13 starts from 6/30-9/20... Surrendered only 2 home runs in 59.2 IP over parts of his final 16 appearances (15 starts) of the season... His 0.52 HR/9.0 IP (3 HR, 52.1 IP) following the All-Star break was 10th among all ML starters (min. 10 starts)...Held RHH to a .211/.298/.308 slash line and was the only pitcher in baseball to face at least 300 RHH and allow 3 HR or fewer...Allowed 4 hits or fewer in 16 of his starts, joining Aaron Nola (19 in 2018) and Grover Cleveland Alexander (16 in 1915) as the only Phillies to do so since 1908... Became the fourth Phillie to make 30 starts during the season, marking the sixth time in franchise history they have accomplished that feat (last: 2008).
Made his 2nd consecutive Opening Day roster... Struck out 10 batters in 4.0 innings in his season debut on 4/7 vs WSH, becoming the first Phillie in the modern era (since 1900) to finish a game with 10 or more strikeouts and 4.0 or fewer IP... Was the first Phillies starter with 10 or more SO in the first 4.0 innings of a game since Cole Hamels, 7/24/06 vs ATL... Was on the 10-day DL, 5/31-7/17, with a right flexor strain; included rehab assignments to Lehigh Valley (AAA), Reading (AA) and Clearwater (A)... Had a 2.96 ERA (9 ER, 27.1 IP) in 6 starts from 5/25-8/4... Stranded 74.4% of the runners he allowed on base, the 3rd-best percentage of all Phillies starters (min. 5 starts)... Placed on the 10-day DL on 8/11 with a right middle finger injury; transferred to the 60-day DL on 8/22... Had surgery on his right middle finger on 9/6 (Dr. Gregory Pearl) and missed the remainder of the season.
Made his first Opening Day roster...Went 8-2, 3.15 ERA through his first 16 starts and 0-4, 5.96 ERA in his final 8 start...Collected 9 SO on 4/9 at NYM, most by a starter in his Phillies debut since Roy Halladay (4/5/10 at WSH, 9 SO)...Had a 15.0-inning scoreless streak to begin his Phillies career, the longest since Marty Bystrom's 19.0-inning streak in 1980...Struck out 16 batters in a 3-hit SHO, 4/14 vs SD...His 16 SO were the 3rd-most in Phillies history and the second-most in a 9.0-inning game...Became the 4th ML pitcher since 1893 to throw a SHO with 16 or more SO, 0 BB and allow 3 hits or fewer (others: Kerry Wood, 5/6/98 vs HOU; Roger Clemens, 8/25/98 vs KC and Max Scherzer, 10/3/15 at NYM)...Is the third pitcher in ML history aged 23 or younger to throw a SHO with 0 walks and 16 or more SO (others: Doc Gooden, 9/12/84 vs PIT and Kerry Wood, 5/6/98 vs HOU)...His 25 SO through his first 2 career starts with the Phillies were the most in franchise history (previous: Jim Bunning, 20 SO, 4/15-24/64)...Had 3 double-digit SO games: 4/14 vs SD, 5/17 vs MIA and 8/16 vs LAD..Was on the 15-day DL, 6/9-26 (right biceps strain); made 1 rehab start for Reading (AA)...Averaged 10.44 SO/9.0 IP and became only the second Phillies starter ever to make at least 20 starts and finish the season at or above 10.00 SO/9.0 IP (other: Curt Schilling, 1997-98)
Entered the season ranked as the fourth-best prospect in HOU's system by Baseball America...Attended his first ML spring training camp with HOU, but did not make an appearance after suffering a strained right lat...Began the season on the 7-day DL and rehabbed in extended spring training...Activated on 5/8 and transferred to Corpus Christi (AA)...Went 3-0, 1.37 ERA (4 ER, 26.1 IP) in five starts from 5/8-6/2...Had his contract selected on 6/10 and made his ML debut that day at CWS (5.0 IP, 3 H, 4 BB, 5 SO)...Did not record a decision in each of his first five starts, despite leaving all five with a lead...Earned his first ML win, 7/21 vs BOS...Allowed three ER or fewer in five of his seven starts with HOU...Made his first career relief appearance, 7/26 at KC...Was optioned to Corpus Christi twice: 7/7-20 & 8/1-19
Shot up prospect charts at the onset of the 2014 season and was ranked as a top-10 prospect in the Astros system for the first time in his career by Baseball America (#6), Baseball Prospectus (#6) and ESPN.com (#7)...also ranked by ESPN.com as the No. 82 prospect in all of baseball...started on Opening Day for Class A Advanced Lancaster on April 3 vs. Lake Elsinore (1ER/4IP), his third straight Opening Day start...started his season 4-0 with a 3.13 ERA (8ER/23IP) in six games (3 starts) in April...made eight appearances through May 9 before being placed on the 7-day DL on May 10 with a strained groin...was sidelined for two months before being sent on a minor league rehab assignment to the GCL Astros on July 11...made three starts for the Astros before being activated on July 28...finished his season in Lancaster's rotation and pitched in their playoff run, going 1-0 with a 3.00 ERA (4ER/12IP) and 13 strikeouts...was twice named a California League Player of the Week for the weeks of April 3-13 and Aug. 11-17...combined to go 7-5 with a 3.52 ERA (25ER/64IP) in 18 games (13 starts) on the season...posted 91 strikeouts in his 64.0 regular season innings...following the year, played for Salt River in the Arizona Fall League, making five appearances (four starts) and going 2-2 with 13 strikeouts in 13.2 innings pitched...missed his final scheduled start after straining his right lat...added to the Astros 40-man roster on Nov. 20.
Began the season with Quad Cities (A)... Led the Midwest League in SO/9.0 IP (10.06) and T-2nd in SO (123)... Went 8-3, 2.59 ERA (24 ER, 83.1 IP) in 16 starts... Promoted to Lancaster on 8/20 and made 3 starts... Combined to go 9-6, 3 SV, 3.54 ERA (49 ER, 124.2 IP) with 142 SO between the two levels.
Made the Opening Day start for Tri-City (A), 6/18 at Vermont (W, 5.0 IP)... Averaged 10.05 SO/9.0 IP (51 SO, 45.2 IP)... Following the season, was named the 14th-best prospect in the New York-Penn League by Baseball America.
Missed the entire season while recovering from Tommy John surgery.
Made his pro debut with Greeneville (R)... Following the season, was ranked as the 11th-best prospect in the Appalachian League by Baseball America... Underwent Tommy John surgery on his right elbow on 9/22 (Dr. Thomas Mehlhoff).