May 8, 2013; Houston, TX, USA; Fans watch the first inning between the Houston Astros and the Los Angeles Angels at Minute Maid Park. Mandatory Credit: Thomas Campbell-USA TODAY Sports
Who’s Not: Danry Vasquez
Since being promoted to Corpus Christi in late May, Danry Vasquez hasn’t done much of anything in a Hooks uniform. The Venezuelan outfielder who was acquired from the Detroit Tigers in 2013 has also been slowly progressing through the Astros system over the course of two years, but it seems he’s hit a bit of a roadblock down in Corpus.
At High A Lancaster, Vasquez had a .315 batting average through 40 games with 13 doubles and 21 RBI. Then, when he was promoted to Corpus Christi, the numbers began to fall. As of right now, Vasquez carries a .165 batting average with only 13 hits compared to 12 strikeouts. He has only 1 extra base hit (a double) and has been caught stealing 3 out of 4 times.
The plus side about Danry Vasquez is that he’s only 21 years old. He signed with the Tigers out of Venezuela when he was only 16 years old and he’s been playing professional baseball since he was 17. He definitely has some time to work out whatever issues that he’s having at the plate in Corpus Christi. Although the Astros have some outfield problems in the majors right now, they have other guys at AAA who would be better options in center field anyway and don’t need to rush him to AAA.
I don’t really see Danry Vasquez getting traded anytime soon. I think the Astros front office will want to hang onto him and see how he develops. Maybe, if he turns things around, he’ll be in an Astros uniform in late 2016 or early 2017. The outfield ability is good enough for the majors, but the hitting isn’t, especially the power.
He’s playing a little bit like Domingo Santana in the major leagues right now. He’s never going to be a great power bat, but he was known for his contact in Lancaster, so that just needs to be improved. Overall, I’m still very optimistic about the future of Danry Vasquez in the Astros organization despite his slow start for the Corpus Christi Hooks.
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