TEAM: Pittsburgh Pirates
HOMETOWN: San Felipe, Venezuela
Felipe Javier Vázquez…Has one son; Phillip Jose (12/11/14)…His sister, Prescilla, represents him as his agent…Officially changed his last name from Rivero to Vázquez on 4/10/18.
Was selected to the National League All-Star team for the first time in his career…His 37 saves were the most by a LHP in club history (previous high was 24 by Mike Gonzalez in 2006) and the fifth-highest single season total overall…Ranked third among National League pitchers in saves and sixth among all Major League pitchers…Ranked second behind Colorado’s Wade Davis (63) in games finished (60) in the N.L…Held left-handed batters to a .175 (11-for-63) average and just three extra-base hits…Posted five multi-inning saves for the second straight season… Tied for fourth among National League relief pitchers with his 89 strikeouts; the second-highest total in club history for a left-handed relief pitcher behind Rod Scurry (94 in 1982)…Surrendered four runs in his season debut on 3/30 at Detroit (0.1ip)…Earned saves in both games of the day/ night doubleheader in Detroit on 4/1; made his 200th career appearance in game two…Changed his last name from Rivero to Vázquez on 4/10…Converted each of his first nine save chances thru 5/17…Suffered first blown save on 5/20 vs. San Diego; gave up four runs (three earned) without retiring a batter in an 8-5 loss…Gave up a season-high five runs (four earned) while suffering a blown save and loss on 5/31 at St. Louis…Went 27-for-28 in save opportunities, posted a 1.70 ERA (47.2ip/9er) and had 66 strikeouts in his final 46 games, beginning on 6/5…Saved both games of the doubleheader on 7/14 vs. Milwaukee…Made 16 straight scoreless outings (15.2ip) and whiffed 29 batters between 6/15 and 7/21…Surrendered a home run to Yonder Alonso on 7/25 at Cleveland – just the second home run he has given up to a left-handed batter and first since 6/15/16 at Cincinnati (Jay Bruce)…Was named the N.L. Reliever-of- the-Month for July after going 1-0 with eight saves in eight chances and posting a 1.46 ERA (12.1ip/2er) and 22 strikeouts in 14 games…Surrendered back-to-back homers to lead off the ninth inning before going on to record his 34th save on 9/16 at Milwaukee (first time he allowed two homers in a game) … Converted a career-high 24 consecutive save opportunities between 6/6 and 9/16; the longest streak in the National League in 2018 and the third-longest in the Majors.
Spent his first full season with the Pirates…His 21 saves were the second-highest total by a LHP in club history (24 by Mike Gonzalez in 2006)…Held left-handed batters to a .082 (7- for-85) average and just one extra-base; a double by Cincinnati’s Scott Schebler on 4/12…Posted five multi-inning saves – the most by a Pirates pitcher since Julian Tavarez in 2003 (seven)…Was tied for sixth in the N.L. in appearances; two behind his careerhigh 75 games in 2016…Was charged with an earned run in 11 of his 73 appearances…Went 21-for-23 in save opportunities… Appeared in each of the first five games and in nine of the first 12 thru 4/16…Made 14 straight appearances without allowing an earned run (14.0ip) between 4/12 and 5/9 and was charged with just one earned run in his first 19 games (19.0ip) thru 5/9… Posted a 0.61 ERA (14.2ip/1er) in 15 games in April and a 0.69 ERA (13.0ip/1er) in 13 games in May…Struck out three of the four Miami batters he faced on 6/10 and earned his first save of the season – his first since 4/12/16…Also pitched 1.1 innings to record his second straight save on 6/11 vs. Miami to become the first Pittsburgh pitcher to record multiple-inning saves in back-to-back games since Bill Landrum on June 24, 1989 (2.1ip vs. St. Louis) and June 25, 1989 (1.2ip vs. St. Louis)…Produced a 0.67 ERA (53.2ip/4er) and a 0.71 WHIP in his first 50 games thru 7/30…Gave up a two-run homer to Adam Duvall on 8/2, snapping his 12.2 scoreless innings streak and raising season ERA to 0.99…Threw 41 pitches and suffered first blown save on 8/6 vs. San Diego; surrendered a two-out, two-run single in the ninth inning…Had his streak of not allowing a hit to a left-handed batter come to an end on 8/30 after 42 straight hitless at bats, the longest such streak in the Major Leagues since Tampa Bay’s RHP Brad Boxberger held lefty batters hitless over 43 straight at bats in 2014…His save on 9/24 was his first since 9/5…Suffered his second blown save on 9/22 vs. St. Louis…Picked up a save in each of his last three outings and in 12 of his last 13 opportunities…Did not have a plate appearance.
Went 1-6 with one save, a 4.09 ERA (77.0ip/35er) and 92 strikeouts in 75 games between Washington and Pittsburgh…Tied for eighth among National League leaders in appearances…Ranked sixth among N.L. relief pitchers in strikeouts… Began season with Washington, where he went 0-3 with one save and a 4.53 ERA in 47 appearances thru 7/29…Picked up lone save with the Nationals on 4/12 vs. Atlanta; retired the final batter in Washington’s 2-1 victory…Posted a 1.54 ERA (11.2ip/2er) in his first 10 games thru 4/26…Gave up three runs without retiring a batter and suffered first loss on 4/28 vs. Philadelphia…Made eight consecutive scoreless outings (7.1ip) between 5/17-31…Was scored upon in five of his 11 games during the month of June (11.0ip/13er – 10.64 ERA)…Pitched 3.0 scoreless innings and struck out in his first big league plate appearance during 18-inning game on 7/17 vs. Pittsburgh…Posted a 0.93 ERA (19.1ip/2er) in his final 13 appearances with Washington, dating back to 6/19…Pitched 17.1 consecutive scoreless innings between 6/19 and 7/22, the longest such streak by a Washington reliever…Was acquired by Pittsburgh in deal for Mark Melancon on 7/30…Posted a 2.31 ERA (46.2ip/12er) in his final 41 games, dating back to 6/19…Produced a 0.76 ERA (35.1ip/3er) and 40 K’s in 30 games with the Nats and Bucs between 6/19 and 9/2…Won his lone decision on 9/13 at Philadelphia.
Became a reliable member of Washington’s bullpen…Was called to the big leagues on April 16 and made his debut on April 17 vs. PHI (1.0 IP, 3 H, ER, 2 SO)…At 95.5 MPH, ranked third among MLB left-handed relievers in average fastball velocity (CIN’s A. Chapman – 99.4; BAL’s Z. Britton – 95.8)… Earned his first MLB win, June 24 vs. Atlanta (1.0 IP, H, 2 SO)…Recorded his first MLB save, Oct. 1 at Atlanta (2.0 IP, 2 SO)…Boasted impressive strikeout-to-walk ratio (3.91)…Surrendered just four extra-base hits to LHB…Tied for the MLB lead with 36 appearances post-All-Star break.
First season in the Nationals chain was derailed by a left elbow injury that landed him on the DL in early-May…Returned to action in late July…Went a combined 2-7 with a 3.35 ERA in 14 starts between three stops…Struck out 50 batters while walking 19, in 53.2 IP…Following the season, went 2-4 with a 6.08 ERA in seven starts for Mesa in the Arizona Fall League.
Won a career-high 9 games and posted a strong 3.40 ERA in 25 games/23 starts for (Port) Charlotte of the Single-A Florida State League…the 9 wins also paced the Stone Crabs staff and tied for 4th in the FSL…capped the ’13 season not allowing a run in final 16.2 innings pitched…tossed career-high 127.0 innings and .257 batting average against was stingiest mark of career…tossed pair of complete games: June 7 vs. Palm Beach (Game 2 of doubleheader) and Aug. 24 vs. Jupiter…following the season, pitched in 5 games for Caracas of the Venezuelan Winter League and struck out 7 in 5.2 innings pitched.
Spent the entire year with Class-A BowlingGreen and went 8-8 with a 3.41 ERA (113.1-IP,43-ER)…Made 21 starts and 6 relief apps…went 6-3 with a 2.86 ERA (94.1-IP, 30-ER) as a starter compared to 2-3 with a 6.16 ERA (19-IP, 13-ER) out of the bullpen…Named the Rays Minor League Pitcher of themonth for April…he went 2-1 with a 0.67 ERA(26.9-IP, 2-ER) in five starts, with 26 SO and seven BB.
In 2011, went 3-3 with a 4.62 ERA (60.1-IP, 31-ER) for Rookie-level Princeton, his first full season playing in the U.S.
Spent his second season with the VSL Rays in, going 3-3 with a career-low 2.09 ERA (51.2-IP, 12-ER) in 14 apps (nine starts).
Spent first professional season with the Venezuelan Summer League Rays and pitched exclusively in relief…Pitched 2.0 innings or more in 12 of his 16 appearances.