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Héctor Velázquez Aguilar
- Bats Right, Throws Right
- Height 6' 0", Weight 180 lb.
Hector Velazquez began pitching in the Mexican League in 2010, spending six seasons with the Piratas de Campeche and one with the Acereros del Norte de Monclova in 2016. During that period, he also played winter ball each season in the Mexican Pacific League, with the Yaquis de Obregon in 2010-11 and 2011-12, and with the Mayos de Navojoa beginning in 2012-13. He was named the league's Pitcher of the Year for 2016-2017, drawing interest from MLB teams. On February 18, 2017, the Boston Red Sox purchased his contract from Monclova and assigned him to the AAA Pawtucket Red Sox. In 5 starts for the PawSox, he was 2-1, 1.86 in 29 innings when he was called up to the Show on May 18th. His call-up was part of the fall-out of the Red Sox losing SP Steven Wright for the season; his temporary replacement , Kyle Kendrick, had been lit up in two starts and Boston was looking at other options.
In his major league debut against the Oakland A's on the day of his call-up, the Mexican veteran gave up 6 runs in 5 innings and was saddled with an 8-3 loss.