The Mets, Red Sox, Rays, Phillies, White Sox, Braves, Marlins, Nationals, and Royals have all reportedly scouted Vazquez this winter, during which scouts have said he is consistently reaching 92-93 mph with his fastball.
Jan. 8: The Mets have scouted Vazquez during this year’s Puerto Rico winter league (McCullough, Star-Ledger).
Jan. 3: A scout who watched him said Vazquez looks good, the ball is coming out of his hand well, and he could be a good pick up (Brown, Yahoo!).
As Keith Hernandez would say, Vazquez throws the entire kitchen sink at opposing hitters. He historically has featured both a hard and heavy slider and sinker as his secondary pitches, but he also has a hard change-up and curveball in his arsenal. He is older and hasn't pitched for a while, and so I wonder if he can sustain regular work and a long season, especially during the dog days in July and August. I also worry about how he might fare pitching in New York, considering his only season with the Yankees was very forgettable.