- Full name Jorge Luis Vasquez
- Born 07/16/1978 in Nagua, Dominican Republic
- Profile Ht.: 6'1" / Wt.: 215 / Bats: R / Throws: R
- School San Jose De Villa
- Debut 08/13/2004
Organization Prospect Rankings
Vasquez entered 2003 with a 7-22 career record and eight saves to his credit. He always had a penchant not only for racking up strikeouts, but also for allowing runs. After a strong start in high Class A, he was even better in Double-A. Vasquez ranked fourth in the Texas League with 22 saves and 10th in the minors with 29 overall. That success and a nasty slider earned Vasquez a spot on the 40-man roster this offseason. He loves his plus slider and its late, hard break so much that at times he'll use it exclusively and still dominate hitters because he commands it so well. The Royals would like him to get more use out of his 90-92 mph fastball, which he can spot to both sides of the plate. They would also like him to look at possibly adding a splitter or improving his changeup so he has a better weapon to use against lefthanders. He also could stand to refine his command. Vasquez reminds some in the organization of 2002 major league Rule 5 pick D.J. Carrasco. He'll have a shot to make the Kansas City bullpen in spring training, just as Carrasco did last year.