Felipe Vazquez Wiki – Felipe Vazquez Bio
Felipe Javier Vázquez nicknamed Nightmare is a Venezuelan professional baseball pitcher for the Pittsburgh Pirates of Major League Baseball (MLB). He previously played for the Washington Nationals. He was an All-Star in 2018 and 2019.
Pittsburgh Pirates closer Felipe Vazquez has been arrested and charged with one count of computer pornography, solicitation of a child and one count of providing obscene material to minors, according to police in Lee County, Florida.
— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) September 17, 2019
Why Felipe Vazquez Arrested
Pittsburgh Pirates All-Star closer Felipe Vazquez has been arrested on multiple charges, including p*rnography and solicitation of a child. Felipe Vazquez was arrested on September 17, 2019, on charges of computer p*rnography – solicitation of a child and providing obscene material to minors.
PITTSBURGH – Officials said the investigation into Felipe Vazquez 28, began in August 2019 after they obtained information that Vazquez had a reported sexual relationship with a 13-year-old girl who lives in Lee County, Florida.
BREAKING NEWS: #Pirates closer Felipe Vazquez arrested, charged with solicitation of a child, providing obscene material to minors.
Florida authorities say Vazquez sent a message to a 15-year-old girl suggesting they would meet for sex after the season. https://t.co/HhJTsxGrkw
— James Santelli (@JamesSantelli) September 17, 2019
According to a release from the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, Vazquez was arrested Tuesday for “one count of computer p*rnography, solicitation of a child and one count of providing obscene materials to minors.”
Cancel Felipe Vazquez forever. It’s not hard to just not have sex with minors. https://t.co/fDy3NsjwRX
— Max Wildstein (@MaxWildstein) September 17, 2019
That victim, who is now 15-years-old, continued to “have a relationship” with Vazquez via text messages and received a sexually explicit video from him in July, according to the release.
Felipe Vazquez Age
Felipe Vazquez Currently 28 Years Old, Felipe Javier Rivero was born, July 5, 1991
Felipe Vazquez signed with the Tampa Bay Rays as an international free agent on July 30, 2008. He represented the Rays at the 2012 All-Star Futures Game. He was added to the Rays’ 40-man roster on November 20, 2012.
On February 13, 2014, Vázquez was traded to the Washington Nationals, along with José Lobatón and Drew Vettleson, in exchange for Nate Karns. He suffered through elbow inflammation during the season and was limited to 14 games started. After the 2014 regular season, the Nationals assigned Felipe Vazquez to the Mesa Solar Sox of the Arizona Fall League.
The Nationals transitioned Vázquez into a relief pitcher during spring training in 2015. Felipe Vazquezopened the 2015 season with the Syracuse Chiefs of the Class AAA International League.
Washington Nationals (2015–2016)
On April 17, 2015, Felipe Vazquez made his major league debut by coming in to pitch the top of the ninth inning in a 7–2 win over the Philadelphia Phillies. He pitched one inning, allowing two hits and one run while striking out two batters. He went on the disabled list due to gastrointestinal bleeding on April 22. On June 1, the Nationals called up Vázquez to the major leagues from Syracuse. At the end of the season, Vázquez was able to reach 100 miles per hour (160 km/h) with his fastball in relief. In 49 games for the Nationals, he pitched in 48 1⁄3 innings, posting a 2–1 record with a 2.79 ERA. With Jonathan Papelbon suspended and Drew Storen injured, Felipe Vazquez converted two save opportunities during the final week of the season. He finished the season with a 2.79 earned run average
During the 2016 season, Vázquez’s ERA reached a peak at 6.82 following a game on June 18 where he allowed all six batters he pitched to reach base. In the next 13 appearances, he had a 0.93 ERA to lower his season ERA to 4.53
Pittsburgh Pirates (2016–present)
On July 30, 2016, the Nationals traded Felipe Vazquez, along with Taylor Hearn, to the Pittsburgh Pirates for Mark Melancon. For the Pirates, he finished with a 3.29 ERA in 28 games.
Felipe Vazquez began the 2017 season as a setup reliever. After a 0.58 ERA in 31 games, on June 9 he was named co-closer for the Pirates along with Juan Nicasio, replacing Tony Watson. Vázquez later assumed primary closing duties, with Nicasio becoming the eighth-inning setup man. Vázquez was 5–3 with a 1.67 ERA and earned 21 saves in 23 opportunities in 2017. His fastest pitch of 2017 was 102.6 miles an hour, second-best in MLB only to pitches by Aroldis Chapman. Of all MLB pitchers, he held left-handed batters to the lowest batting average, .082 (in 20 or more innings).
2018–19: All-Star seasons
In an April 7, 2019 game against the Cincinnati Reds, Felipe Vazquez was ejected after his role in a bench-clearing incident involving Chris Archer, Derek Dietrich, Yasiel Puig, Amir Garrett, Keone Kela, and David Bell. On September 10, Vázquez and Kyle Crick got into a clubhouse fight. Crick broke his finger, requiring season-ending surgery.
Felipe Vazquez was again named an All-Star in 2019.
Felipe Vazquez Pitching style
Felipe Vazquez throws a fastball which can reach over 100 miles per hour (160 km/h). Vázquez’s fastball averaged 96.4 miles per hour (155.1 km/h) in 2016 and around 98 miles per hour (158 km/h) in 2017. As a prospect with the Rays, Vázquez initially threw only 86 miles per hour (138 km/h). He also throws an effective changeup at 89–90 miles per hour (143–145 km/h) with two-seam movement, which he picked up in the Rays minor league system. Vázquez began throwing it frequently in 2015 and uses it around 25 percent of the time.[ The pitch has been referred to as a “Bugs Bunny changeup” by Pirates pitching coach Ray Searage. Felipe Vazquez also throws a slider and a curveball.
Why Felipe Vazquez Changed Name
In 2018, he changed his last name from Rivero to Vázquez to match the surname of his sister, citing that she had been a big part of his career.