Scouting Rangers Prospect #45: Kelvin Vasquez
Vital Statistics: Name: Kelvin Vasquez Position: Starting Pitcher DOB: April 4, 1993 (19) Height: 6'4" Weight: 186 Bats: Right Throws: Right Acquired: 2011 International Free Agent (Dominican Republic) When the Texas Rangers signed Kelvin Vasquez out of the Dominican Republic in 2011, the right-hander didn't have any prior experience on the mound. Growing up in San Pedro de Macoris, a city often referred to as "the cradle of shortstops," Vasquez played shortstop himself as a youngster. Currently listed at 6-foot-4, 186 pounds, he remained a middle infielder until early 2011, when he began working in the outfield in hopes of getting signed by a professional club. Although Vasquez spent much of his age-16 year eligible to sign with a team, he was passed over as both an infielder and outfielder. At one point in 2011, the Rangers brought him into their Dominican Republic complex for a series of tryouts. While there, Vasquez showed a decent swing in batting practice but consistently...
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