Prospect Profile: Randy Vasquez
Right-handed starting pitcher
Signed May 21, 2018 out of the Dominican Republic
For the first time in a long time, the entire Triple-A rotation for the RailRiders will be composed of prospects instead of reclamation projects. Randy Vasquez is one of the five starting pitchers who are now one step away from the major leagues. He is also on the 40-man roster which means he has a leg up on some of the competition to get the call at some point this season.
Vasquez has slowly increased his innings total year by year, culminating in a 115.1 inning performance in 2022 in Double-A. He had a 3.9 ERA and 120 K : 41 BB on the season. It was a solid performance all around, though a slight decline from the year prior. The Yankees can give Randy just about as many innings as he can handle this season in the minor leagues. If a need arises in the majors, he could be one of the first to make it to the show.
Stuff-wise, Vasquez has five useable pitches. None grade out as plus except the curveball. His four-seam fastball sits 93-95 mph and has hit 98 mph before. The two-seam fastball sits in the low-90’s, and the curveball sits 78-82 with a spin rate of 3,100 rpm. His slider and changeup still need some work, which could be a focal point in his development this season.
Randy Vasquez has all the makings of a back of the rotation starter. With a couple of improvements, that ceiling could increase. As things stand now, he has a high floor but does not have the highest upside. If his stuff ticks up in relief, there’s also the backup plan of a late-inning relief role.
Vasquez has had a rough start to the season but there’s reason for optimism after his most recent start.
Whatever the role, one thing is for sure; if Randy Vasquez stays healthy he will make it to the major leagues in some capacity. Whatever happens from there is up to him.