Righty Vasquez Added to ‘Topes Pen
The Albuquerque Isotopes bolstered their bullpen with the addition of right-handed reliever Luis Vasquez. With starting pitcher Stephen Fife on recall to the Dodgers, the ‘Topes, who are in desperate need of fresh arms in the pen, filled the open roster slot with the 26-year-old Vasquez.
The 6-4, 175-pound righty was moved from Double-A Chattanooga where he collected a 2-2 record with a 5.80 ERA through 45.0 innings of work. Vasquez has made spotty appearances through the early stages of the 2012 campaign, allowing four or more runs in short outings on three different occasions. However, the reliever has recently dialed in on the mound to surrender only five runs through his last 12 games (15 IP), and hasn’t given up a home run since May 26.
Originally signed by the Dodgers as a non-drafted free agent on October 20, 2003 out of San Pedro de Macoris, Dominican Republic, Vasquez made his professional debut at shortstop for the DSL Dodgers in 2004. However, he struggled at the plate, hitting just .188 through 117 at-bats before being moved to the mound for the start of the 2005 season. The hurler then earned a 1-1 record through eight games (six starts) with a 3.25 ERA, but had his season cut short as he succumbed to “Tommy John” surgery.
The Dominican Republic native missed the entire 2006 season recovering from “Tommy John,” but returned for the 2007 campaign with GCL Dodgers, appearing exclusively in relief.
Vasquez was briefly added to the Dodgers 40-man roster in 2010, but was optioned to Single-A Great Lakes where we had arguably his best season of his career. Through 40.1 innings out of the pen, the right-handed reliever posted a strong 2.68 ERA while limiting opposing bats to just a .173 average. Following the 2010 campaign, the pitcher was ranked as the 30th best prospect in the Dodgers organization by Baseball America.
While control remains an issue for Vasquez, 32 strikeouts to 28 walks this year, he has the ability to impress with a fastball that has topped out at triple digits.
Vasquez will join the Isotopes before the first game in their series against the Nashville Sounds.