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Team W-L L10 STRK
59-37 5-5 W1
54-42 6-4 L1
53-45 5-5 W1
48-50 8-2 W3
27-72 2-8 L5

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2024 Batting

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Home Runs
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On-base Plus Slugging
Stolen Bases
Regular Season .196 4 16 .514 2

Top Christian Vazquez News

  • Twins' Christian Vazquez: Leads club to comeback win

    Vazquez went 2-for-4 with a solo home run and two additional RBI in Sunday's 3-2 win over the Astros.

    The Astros established a 2-0 lead in the second inning, but Vazquez got one of those runs back with an RBI single. He added another RBI on a fielder's choice in the fourth before providing a walkoff homer in the ninth to complete the comeback. The catcher has multiple hits in each of his last three games, including two homers in that span. He's slashing .204/.227/.311 with four homers, 16 RBI, 13 runs scored and two stolen bases over 180 plate appearances this season. Vazquez continues to alternate starts at catcher with Ryan Jeffers, who has offered moderately more offense and power this season.

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  • Twins' Christian Vazquez: Homers Wednesday

    Vazquez went 2-for-4 with a solo home run in Wednesday's 9-2 loss to the Tigers.

    The veteran catcher got the Twins on the board in the third with a long blast to left-center field off Keider Montero for this third home run of the season. Wednesday was Vazquez's first game with an RBI since June 12 and his third game with multiple hits since that date. He's struggled mightily as a whole on the year, slashing .189/.214/.277 with 12 RBI, 11 runs and a 5:37 BB:K in 171 plate appearances.

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  • Twins' Christian Vazquez: Back on bench Sunday

    Vazquez is out of the lineup for Sunday's game against the Astros.

    Vazquez remains the Twins' No. 2 catcher, but he picked up starts in three of the previous five games while Minnesota deployed top backstop Ryan Jeffers at designated hitter on three days he didn't start behind the plate. Jeffers will serve as the Twins' catcher for the series finale in Houston while Alex Kirilloff slots in as the DH, leaving no room in the lineup for Vazquez. The 33-year-old has struggled mightily at the dish in his second season in Minnesota, slashing .161/.179/.196 over 119 plate appearances while striking out at a career-worst 25.2 percent rate.

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  • Twins' Christian Vazquez: Three hits in win

    Vazquez went 3-for-4 with one run scored and one steal in Sunday's win over the Angels.

    After hitting just .121 (4-for-33) with a home run through his first 11 games, he's hitting .474 (9-for-19) over his last five games. He continues to split playing time behind the plate with Ryan Jeffers, with Jeffers frequently getting starts at DH when Vazquez is behind the dish.

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  • Twins' Christian Vazquez: Not starting Saturday

    Vazquez is not in the starting lineup for Saturday's game against the Guardians.

    Vazquez and Ryan Jeffers have alternated starts at catcher over the first eight games of the season, and the latter will start Saturday. Vazquez has started the season going 2-for-10 with two RBI.

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  • Twins' Christian Vazquez: Starting at catcher Tuesday

    Vazquez is starting at catcher and batting ninth Tuesday in Milwaukee.

    He and Ryan Jeffers have split the catching duties in the first four games of the season, with Jeffers drawing an additional start at designated hitter. Vazquez is the far less desirable fantasy option of the two, but the 33-year-old should have a much better season in 2024 than during a 2023 campaign in which he produced a .598 OPS.

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  • Twins' Christian Vazquez: Key RBI in first start of season

    Vazquez started at catcher and went 1-for-4 with an RBI in Saturday's win at Kansas City.

    Vazquez struggled at the plate last season by hitting just .223 with little power (.095 ISO) and a paltry .280 OBA, so it was good to see him have a good first game of the season with a key RBI late in the game. He also threw out Bobby Witt on a steal attempt late in the game. Twins manager Rocco Baldelli said the plan is to roughly split playing time at catcher with Ryan Jeffers as the Twins aim to keep both players fresh.

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  • Twins' Christian Vazquez: Worked on improved bat speed

    Vazquez worked at Driveline Baseball in the offseason to improve his bat speed and has his weight down to 208 pounds from 215 pounds as he seeks improved fitness entering the spring, Dan Hayes of The Athletic reports.

    Twins manager Rocco Baldelli said the Twins plan to about equally split playing time at catcher even with Vazquez's disappointing 2023 season at the plate, according to the report. Vazquez hit just .223 with little power (.095 ISO) and a paltry .280 OBA last season. Some hope for a rebound can be gleaned from the fact that he's alternated productive and abysmal seasons at the plate throughout his career.

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  • Twins' Christian Vazquez: Not starting again in Game 2

    Vazquez is absent from the lineup Wednesday for Game 2 of the AL Wild Card Series versus the Blue Jays.

    Vazquez and Ryan Jeffers basically alternated starts at catcher during the regular season, but it's been Jeffers behind the plate for each of the first two games of the postseason. The only tweak the Twins made in their lineup from Game 1 to Game 2 was flip-flopping Jeffers and Matt Wallner in the batting order, with the former moving down to eighth and the latter up to seventh.

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  • Twins' Christian Vazquez: Reaches three times in win

    Vazquez went 2-for-3 with a double, two runs scored and a stolen base in Wednesday's win over Cincinnati.

    Vazquez reached base three times Wednesday and came around to score the Twins' second run in the top of the eighth after leading off the inning with a double. The backstop then stole his first base of the season in the ninth before coming home a second time on a Jorge Polanco single, giving Minnesota a 5-3 lead. Vazquez had failed to record a hit in his previous four games coming in and is still batting just .194 in September following the two-hit performance.

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  • Twins' Christian Vazquez: Sitting out Tuesday

    Vazquez is not in the lineup for Tuesday's contest in Cincinnati.

    Vazquez started Monday's series opener but will begin this one on the bench. Ryan Jeffers will do the catching for Kenta Maeda.

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  • Twins' Christian Vazquez: Goes deep in win

    Vazquez went 2-for-2 with a solo home run and two walks in Tuesday's 8-3 win over Cleveland.

    Breaking out of a 1-for-22 slump that had encompassed his previous seven games, Vazquez reached base in all four plate appearances Tuesday, including a sixth-inning solo shot that tied the game at 3-3. The 33-year-old backstop is now hitting .222 with six home runs, 28 RBI and 30 runs scored across 88 games (304 plate appearances) on the season.

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  • Twins' Christian Vazquez: Losing work to Jeffers

    Vazquez is out of the lineup for Wednesday's game against the Guardians.

    The Twins' catching timeshare has tilted in favor of Ryan Jeffers of late, leaving less playing time available for Vazquez. The 33-year-old will be on the bench Wednesday for the fourth time in the last six games.

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Player Bio

HT/WT: 5-9, 205 lbs
Birthplace: Bayamon, Puerto Rico
Age: 33
Experience: 9
Bats/Throws: R, R