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11/1/1984 (32 y, 3 m, 18 d)
2007 June Amateur Draft - Round: 12, Pick: 1, Overall: 365, Team: Tampa Bay Devil Rays
$3M / 1 Years (2017)
Vogt avoided arbitration with the Athletics on Friday with a one-year, $2.965 million deal, Jerry Crasnick of ESPN reports. (1/13/2017)
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Vogt is fourth on the Rays’ catcher depth chart, meaning it would take a few injuries for him to get back to the majors. If he ever returns to the big leagues he’ll resume his chase of a record nobody wants: number of hitless at bats to start a career. He’s currently on an 0-25 snide and needs just 11 more to break the record. He’s hit well in his six minor league seasons but seems to be more of a minor league roster filler than actual MLB caliber talent. (Erik Hahmann)
The Quick Opinion:
If Vogt sees the 25-man roster before September it will be due to injury to the three catchers slotted above him.
A "Vote 4 Vogt" poster will be hanging in the present author's apartment this season, because everyone should root for their favorite team's backup catcher. Vogt may not posses much fantasy value, but whenever a player's first hit is a home run — on an 0-2 pitch in his 33rd career plate appearance, no less — it is time to break out the fun posters. (David Wiers)
The Quick Opinion:
Vogt has a little pop, but as a backup catcher he won't get enough playing time to justify a roster spot on your fantasy squad.
The 2014 season was a breakout for Stephen Vogt, as he hit 14% better than league average while appearing in games behind the plate, in the outfield, and at first base. While a .279/.321/.431 line isn't spectacular, most of his damage was done versus right-handed pitchers. Vogt tore up righties to the tune of a .291/.331/.439 and hit eight of his nine home runs. Going into 2015, Vogt is tabbed to be the A's starting left fielder and should post a moderate triple slash. at least against opposite-handed pitchers. His extreme fly ball nature — his 33% ground-ball rate was the 12th-lowest in baseball, min. 250 plate appearances — will probably prevent him from ever regularly hitting .300, however Vogt does have a little power. He probably owns enough upside to hit 12-15 home runs. While he didn't post a great walk rate last season, just 5.6%, Vogt tied for the 19th-lowest swinging strikeout rate at 4.9%. With a 88.2% contact rate that tied for 21st-best in baseball, count on Vogt to maintain a relatively low strikeout rate and perhaps even boost his walk rate a few points. He won't fit as the cornerstone of any team but he does have enough of a bat to be relevant in daily leagues deeper than standard 12-team -- as long as the A's are facing a right-handed pitcher. (David Wiers)
The Quick Opinion:
Best used as a platoon player against right-handed pitchers, Vogt does offer value in that role. Don't make the mistake of simply extrapolating and nearly doubling his 2014 counting production, but Vogt could be a sneaky pick up late in the draft or off of the waiver wire.
Vogt had a good couple of months to start the 2015 season, but his production dropped over the rest of the season. He was 38% better than league average in the first half, and 27% worse than league average in the second half. His final numbers -- 18 homers and a .261 batting average -- are what should be expected from him. He has a .257 career batting average, so the .261 value is right in line. He doubled his plate appearances from 2014 and his home runs doubled from 9 to 18. The same doubling happened from 2013 to 2014 (four to nine). If given the option, Vogt should probably only be used against right-handed pitchers. Against righties in 2015 (336 plate appearances), he had a .268 AVG and 17 home runs. Against lefties (123 PA), he hit only .239 with a single home run. A big question mark looming over Vogt will be playing time. He only had 94 games at catcher and was able to get another 33 at designated hitter and first base. With the addition of Yonder Alonso to go with Mark Canha and Billy Butler, Vogt will likely see a drop in at bats. A projection of 15 homers, zero stolen bases, .260 batting average and 120 runs plus RBI makes sense for him. (Jeff Zimmerman)
The Quick Opinion:
Vogt’s 2015 season was a tale of two halves which combined end up being decent overall. I could see his production drop as he loses some playing time at positions other than catcher.
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