Ryan Vogelsong

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Ryan Vogelsong
IMG 9769 Ryan Vogelsong.jpg
Vogelsong pitching in the preseason of 2011
San Francisco Giants – No. 32
Starting pitcher
Born: (1977-07-22) July 22, 1977 (age 37)
Charlotte, North Carolina
Bats: Right Throws: Right
MLB debut
September 2, 2000 for the San Francisco Giants
Career statistics
(through 2014 season)
Win–loss record 49–57
Earned run average 4.42
Strikeouts 731
Teams
Career highlights and awards

Ryan Andrew Vogelsong (born July 22, 1977), nicknamed "Vogey," is an American professional baseball pitcher for the San Francisco Giants of Major League Baseball. In addition to an earlier stint with the Giants (2000–2001), he played for the Pittsburgh Pirates (2001–2006), and for the Nippon Professional Baseball League's Hanshin Tigers (2007–2008) and Orix Buffaloes (2009).

His career was revitalized as he established himself as a dominant force in the fifth spot in the Giants 2011 rotation after Barry Zito got hurt. He made the 2011 All-Star team, and in 2012 posted a streak of 16 consecutive quality starts, allowing three earned runs or fewer in at least six innings each game.

Amateur career[edit]

In 1995, Vogelsong graduated from Octorara Area High school in Atglen, Pennsylvania, where he played baseball, basketball, and soccer. He played Legion baseball in Oxford, Pennsylvania. He played his little league baseball for Highland in the Southern Chester County Midget League. He also played for Kutztown University in Kutztown, Pennsylvania, during the 1996–1998 seasons. He recorded 242 strikeouts and set nine school records in his three years at Kutztown. He was inducted into the university's Athletics Hall of Fame in 2005.

Professional career[edit]

Draft and Minor Leagues[edit]

Vogelsong was drafted by the Giants in the 5th round of the 1998 Major League Baseball Draft. In 1998 he made his minor league debut with the Single A Salem-Keizer Volcanoes in Keizer, Oregon.[1]

San Francisco Giants[edit]

Vogelsong made his major league debut with the Giants on September 2, 2000. He finished the rest of the 2000 season by playing 4 games with 6 innings in relief pitched.

Vogelsong did not perform well to start the 2001 season as he went 0–5 and a 6.75 ERA in 15 games (2 started).

Pittsburgh Pirates[edit]

Vogelsong was acquired by the Pirates on July 30, 2001, along with outfielder Armando Ríos, for pitcher Jason Schmidt and outfielder John Vander Wal. He appeared in two games for the Pirates before he required Tommy John surgery that kept him out of the majors until the end of the 2003 season.

2004 marked Vogelsong's first full season in the major leagues. He spent most of the season as a starting pitcher and struggled in that role, ending the season with a 6–13 record and 6.50 ERA. He rebounded in 2005 after being moved to the bullpen, posting a 4.43 ERA and 2–2 record while being used primarily as a middle reliever. At the end of the 2006 season, Vogelsong had accumulated a career 10–22 record and a 5.86 ERA in 120 games and 315 innings over parts of six seasons.

Vogelsong pitching for the Orix Buffaloes of Japan in 2009.

Hanshin Tigers[edit]

Vogelsong signed for the Hanshin Tigers of Japan[2] in 2007 and made his Nippon Professional Baseball debut as their starting pitcher on April 5, 2007, facing another former Major League Baseball pitcher, Kazuhisa Ishii. He won in his debut at the home stadium, Koshien Stadium, on April 12, 2007, hitting a home run in the bottom of the second inning.[3]

Orix Buffaloes[edit]

Vogelsong signed a one year deal to play for the Orix Buffaloes in 2011.[4]

Philadelphia Phillies[edit]

During the 2009–2010 off-season, Vogelsong made his way back to the MLB and signed a minor league deal with the Philadelphia Phillies. He was released by the Phillies on July 15, 2010.

Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim[edit]

Vogelsong signed a minor league contract with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim on July 28, 2010. He was released after the season ended.

Second stint with the San Francisco Giants[edit]

In 2011, Vogelsong signed a minor league contract to return to the San Francisco Giants with an invitation to spring training. On April 17, 2011, the Giants purchased his contract to replace the injured Barry Zito.[5] On April 28, 2011, after making two relief appearances, Vogelsong got his first start since the 2004 season against his former club, the Pirates. He held the host Pirates to two earned runs on four hits and struck out eight en route to a 5–2 Giants victory and his first MLB win since September 2005.[6][7]

Vogelsong continued to excel in his replacement role, posting a record of 6–1 with a 2.17 ERA in the first half, which secured him a spot in San Francisco's vaunted starting rotation.[7][8] Giants and 2011 National League All-Star manager Bruce Bochy named Vogelsong to the 2011 NL All-Star Team on July 3, 2011.[9] He didn't see any action in the NL 5–1 win over the AL.[10] His first start after the All-Star break on July 18, 2011, a 5–0 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers, gave him enough innings pitched to qualify for the National League leader in ERA with 2.02.[11]

In his final start of the season Vogelsong pitched seven shutout innings against the Colorado Rockies, giving up four hits and walking no batters. The 33-year-old Vogelsong finished his first MLB season as a starting pitcher since 2005 with a 13–7 record and a 2.71 ERA, the lowest among the San Francisco starting rotation that boasted Tim Lincecum, Matt Cain, and Madison Bumgarner. Five of Vogelsong's seven losses occurred in a row, during a stretch where Vogelsong received three total runs of support, with no more than one run scored each game by a struggling San Francisco offense.

During the month of August 2011, Vogelsong stated that playing winter ball in Venezuela in 2010 with Tiburones de La Guaira was the turning point to recover his career.[12] Prior to his experience in Venezuela, Vogelsong had 10 wins, 22 losses and 5.86 ERA in his MLB career.

2012[edit]

Vogelsong continued to dominate in 2012. He boasted the lowest ERA in the National League at the All-Star Break and a 7–4 record.[13] Despite his impressive pitching, Vogelsong did not make the 2012 All-Star team, a decision Giants fans consider a major snub.[14] Vogelsong was the first ERA leader not to make the All-Star team since 2001 (Josh Johnson had not pitched enough innings in 2006 to qualify for the ERA title). On August 3, 2012, Vogelsong's 16-game streak of allowing three or fewer runs per game was snapped by the Colorado Rockies when he allowed 4 runs while pitching 6.1 innings in a 16–4 Giants win.

Vogelsong finished the regular season with a 14-9 record in 31 starts with a 3.37 ERA. In the 2012 Postseason, Vogelsong would play a pivotal role in the Giants Postseason push toward their 2012 World Series title.

During Game 3 of the 2012 NLDS in Cincinnati, with the Reds holding a commanding 2-0 lead in the NLDS. With Giants facing elimination, Vogelsong pitched a tight game tied at 1 run through 5 innings. The Giants would go on to win Game 3 2-1 in 10 innings on a Joaquin Arias ground ball mishandled by Scott Rolen allowing Buster Posey to score the winning run.

During Game 2 of the 2012 NLCS in San Francisco, Vogelsong faced Chris Carpenter, the Cardinals held a 1-0 lead in the National League Championship Series. Vogelsong allowed 1 run in the 2nd inning to tie the game, but proceeded to shutout the Cardinals offense through 7 innings en route to a 7-1 win at home and tie the series at one game a piece.

During Game 6 of the National League Championship Series in San Francisco, Vogelsong and the Giants faced elimination for a 5th time. The Giants pitching began to dominate. Vogelsong had a very strong outing this time scattering 5 hits and allowing 1 run in the 6th inning after the Giants set the tempo with a 4 run 2nd inning to break the game open and he created a new career-high 9 strikeouts on the night after he struck out Daniel Descalso with a foul tip. The Giants won the game 6-1 and pushed the NLCS to the limit in a magical game 7 which they won to complete the comeback and advance to the World Series.

During Game 3 of the 2012 World Series in Detroit, the Giants held a surprising 2-0 lead for the first time in the 2012 postseason. Vogelsong would have his strongest outing of the entire playoffs posting a shutout through 5.2 innings. The Tigers threatened to open the scoring with the bases loaded and 1 out in the 5th inning, but Vogelsong struck out Quintin Berry and got Miguel Cabrera to pop out to end the threat. The Giants would go on to win Game 3 2-0, and posted the first back to back shutouts since 1966. The Giants would go on to sweep the Detroit Tigers 4-0 and win the World Series.

Vogelsong and Barry Zito were the only pitchers to go undefeated in the postseason amongst all Giants' starting pitchers. He posted a 3-0 record with a 1.09 ERA, allowing 3 runs through 24.2 innings, the lowest ERA among all Giants' starting pitchers. His performance has solidified his status in the Majors.

2013[edit]

Vogelsong began 2013 as the #5 starter in the Giants rotation. His season didn't start out well, where in his first 9 starts, he went 2-4 with a 7.19 ERA and 1 quality start. In a start on May 20 against the Nationals, he was pitching 5 shutout innings when he came to bat against Craig Stammen, who hit him on the hand with a fastball, fracturing two bones and dislocating a joint.[15] Vogelsong missed almost 12 weeks before returning on August 9. He had a strong final two months, lowering his ERA by 1.46. In 19 starts in 2013, Vogelsong went 4-6 with a 5.73 ERA, striking out 67 in 103.2 innings.

On November 4, Vogelsong had his $6.5 million club option declined, and instead was paid a $300,000 buyout. However, the Giants remained interested in negotiating a less-expensive deal with him.[16] Vogelsong agreed to a 1-year contract on November 29, 2013, pending the completion of a physical examination.[17] The deal was officially completed on December 4, 2013.[18]

Pitcher profile[edit]

Vogelsong throws a four-seam fastball, two-seam fastball, cut fastball, circle changeup, and curveball. His four seam sits in 90-93 mph.

Awards[edit]

  • Vogelsong was awarded the 2011 Willie Mac Award, given annually to the Giant who best exemplifies the spirit and leadership consistently shown by Willie McCovey throughout McCovey's long career.[19]
  • Vogelsong was named Giants Breakout Player of the Year by MLB.com for the 2011 season.[20]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Ryan Vogelsong". BaseballReference.com. USA TODAY Sports Digital Properties. Retrieved 16 October 2012.  |first1= missing |last1= in Authors list (help)
  2. ^ "Ryan Vogelsong to Pitch for Hanshin Tigers". bucsdugout.com. November 15, 2006.
  3. ^ "Japanese Baseball Box Score". japanesebaseball.com.
  4. ^ MLB.com profile
  5. ^ "Giants' Zito placed on DL, Vogelsong called up". csnbayarea.com. April 17, 2011.
  6. ^ "Ryan Vogelsong Pitches Giants Past Pirates". espn.com/mlb. April 28, 2011.
  7. ^ a b Yahoo.com Stats
  8. ^ http://blogs.mercurynews.com/extrabaggs/2011/06/05/bruce-bochy-ryan-vogelsong-isnt-going-anywhere-whenever-zito-comes-back/
  9. ^ "Vogelsong superb as Giants top Twins". mlb.com. June 23, 2011.
  10. ^ [http://mlb.mlb.com/news/boxscore.jsp?gid=2011_07_12_aasmlb_nasmlb_1 MLB.com Box Score</a>
  11. ^ http://twitter.com/#!/SFGiants/status/93178472544997376
  12. ^ http://deportes.aollatino.com/2011/08/08/la-pelota-venezolana-salvo-la-carrera-de-ryan-vogelsong
  13. ^ http://sanfrancisco.giants.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20120707&content_id=34640796&notebook_id=34654482&c_id=sf
  14. ^ http://bleacherreport.com/articles/1243866-san-francisco-giants-who-is-the-most-unfair-all-star-snub
  15. ^ Haft, Chris (May 21, 2013). "Vogelsong out four to six weeks with broken hand". SFGiants.com. 
  16. ^ Baggarly, Andrew (November 3, 2013). "Giants interested in bringing Vogelsong back". CSN Bay Area. 
  17. ^ "Giants bring back Vogelsong on 1-year deal". Sportsnet. November 29, 2013. Retrieved November 29, 2013. 
  18. ^ Twitter / SFGiants: #SFGiants officially re-sign RHP Ryan Vogelsong to a one-year contract.
  19. ^ http://sanfrancisco.giants.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20110909&content_id=24468042&vkey=news_sf&c_id=sf
  20. ^ [1] 7 November 2011. 8 November 2011.

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