In 2012, Baseball America rated Christian as the 29th-best prospect in the Red Sox organization
Christian is bilingual and communicates well with English-speaking and Spanish-speaking pitchers alike
Vazquez is a strong leader with a true passion for the game.
In 2014, Vazquez was invited to play in the All-Star Futures Game.
Ask any coach or player about Christian since his arrival with the Red Sox on July 9, 2014, and they'll tell you that Vazquez has made a near-seamless transition to the Majors.
"He doesn't act like he's young. He has a real maturity about himself," former teammate David Ross said. "He really carries himself well and has great leadership qualities. I don't look at age. I look at guys personalities in this environment, and he fits right in."
Vazquez has done his best to ask questions and absorb information, relying heavily on Ross and pitching coach Juan Nieves to help guide him in the right direction.
"He sees the game inside the game, which is very impressive," Nieves said. "It also comes from his savvy. He sees things that happen in the game that most people don't look at. Seeing him behind the dish is great. He receives the ball beautifully and is very energetic."
Manager John Farrell also sees the confidence Vazquez has in his receiving skills. "He makes every pitch seemingly look like a strike," Farrell said. "I can tell you, there's a lot of comments from the dugout when you think there's a ball that is just off the edge or looks to be a strike. Because he presents it so well and his hands are so strong that seemingly his target never gives with a mid-90-mph fastball. It's been impressive, his receiving."
While the team has been thrilled with the progress Vazquez continues to make on a daily basis, it's not like the Red Sox didn't see it coming.
"If you want to be a good catcher, you have to take on that personality. I could tell he had that quality the first time I saw him catch in Spring Training," Ross said. "He didn't shy away from conversation, and he understood what he wanted to do. He talked to the pitchers and figured out how to get the most out of them. He knows pitchers' personalities. He is mature beyond his years."
Vazquez is enjoying the ride, hoping to prove he's ready to be the Red Sox's starting catcher in 2015
Vazquez is enjoying the ride, hoping to prove he's ready to be the Red Sox's starting catcher in 2015. "It is fun here. You have a lot of veteran guys, and Rossie has taught me so much about pitching and calling games," Vazquez said. (Roberts - mlb.com - 8/11/14)
Jan 12, 2018: Christain and the Red Sox avoided arbitration, agreeing on a one year deal worth $1.45 million.
March 24, 2018: The Red Sox and Vazquez agreed to a three-year contract extension through the 2021 season with a club option for 2022
March 24, 2018: The Red Sox and Vazquez agreed to a three-year contract extension through the 2021 season with a club option for 2022.