BA Newsletter: Get Analysis, Rankings Delivered To Your Inbox!

A.J. Vanegas

RHP | DodgersLAD
Rancho Cucamonga Quakes Rancho Cucamonga Quakes
A.J. Vanegas
Name: Albert J. Vanegas
Born: Aug 16, 1992 in Alameda, CA
High School: Redwood Christian HS, San Lorenzo, Calif.
College: Stanford
Ht.: 6'3" / Wt.: 215 lbs
Bats: R / Throws: R
Drafted in the 11th round (339th overall) by the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2014 (signed for $100,000)
It's finally time for Vanegas to start his professional career. He'll be drafted for a third time this year, after turning down the Padres as a seventh-rounder in 2010 (with a bonus offer approaching $2 million) and the Athletics as a 19th-round pick last year, following a junior season when he had surgery to repair a herniated disc in his back and a bout with mononucleosis. He was limited by his back again early in 2014 and has pitched just 141 innings in four seasons for Stanford. Approaching the draft Vanegas looked healthy and showed the two plus pitches scouts have loved since high school: a fastball that reaches 97 mph and a power breaking ball, which at times is a true slider and at others is more of a cutter. He has some feel for pitching from his work as a starter, but he hasn't been as consistent with his breaking ball this season. Vanegas' 6-foot-3, 215-pound frame and plus stuff once tempted scouts with Brandon Morrow comparisons, but he's purely a reliever now. If a team is comfortable with his health, he fits in the third round as a fast-moving reliever and budget pick as a senior.
Career Statistics
  • Career Statistics
  • 2023 Game Logs
  • 2023 Splits
  • Spring Training
of Free Stories Remaining