Jose Vaquedano: Former Boston Red Sox AAA RHP


1. Could you tell us your story on dropping down?

The Reason I dropped down was because I had a bad season as a started in 06 with the Portland Seadogs and when Spring Training came around the organization decided a changed was needed and of course I went along with it.


2. What are some of the advantages you had from your arm angle?

Some of the advantages was the fastball movement. My ground ball % sky rocket. The struggle was against lefties which it was a huge adjustment that took over a year. The change up was the most difficult pitch throw but when it started to come around I was able to get lefties out at a higher rate.


3. If you didn't drop down, do you think you would have had the same success?

 I think I still had the stuff to compete in AA and AAA over the top but If I would of rejected the offer on dropping down I would of gotten released since I was drafted on the 35th round.


4. What would you tell someone debating on changing their arm angle?



5. Are there any mechanical tips that you'd give to someone throwing sidearm/submarine?

The pitching coach in AA always said act like your getting a tennis ball just below the waist and same rule applies on staying close and taking your front side to the target. 


6. What pitches did you throw?

 I threw a sinker, slider, and change up from down there. 


7. How did you pitch to lefties/righties?

 On righties I used to start my sinker right down the middle and let it work down and in and then used my slider if I really needed a K or to change it up. I threw my FastBall about 85% of the time to righties and lefties. My off speed was just to mixed up but I lived with my sinker. 


8. Lastly what was your favorite part about pitching from down there?

I guess I really enjoyed pitching from down there in winter ball cause they use me as a specialist on righties. Is a working progress and I worked hard everyday by myself doing towel drills, shadow work, working on grips on the change up. I felt like in 09 I really got it going in Tripe A but I never got the called up or another chance after that. I had a job in 2010 but it was for independent ball and I just felt at that time in my life I had to go a different way in my life and decided to call it quits.