Vogt with the Oakland Athletics
|Oakland Athletics – No. 21|
|Catcher, Outfield, First Base|
November 1, 1984 |
|Bats: Left||Throws: Right|
|April 6, 2012 for the Tampa Bay Rays|
(through 2013 season)
|Runs batted in||16|
Stephen Guy Vogt (born November 1, 1984) is a Major League Baseball catcher and utility player with the Oakland Athletics of Major League Baseball. Initially making his Major League debut with the Tampa Bay Rays, he has also filled in at first base, designated hitter and as an outfielder for the Athletics.
Vogt went to Central Valley Christian High School in Visalia, California, where he played basketball and baseball, and then he went on to Azusa Pacific University.
Tampa Bay Rays (2007-2012)
Vogt was drafted by the Tampa Bay Devil Rays in 2007 in the 12th round, 365th overall. He was selected 15 picks ahead of future 5th overall pick and current Athletics pitcher Drew Pomeranz. He was assigned to Low-A Hudson Valley, playing 70 games, 55 at left field, hitting an even .300. He played all of 2008 with now defunct Single-A Columbus, playing 113 games, 67 in left field, hitting .291. His 2009 season was cut short after just 10 games after a shoulder injury that required surgery. He played for High-A Charlotte for those 10 games and for the 2010 season, which he played in 106 games with a .345 average, splitting time between catcher, left field and first base. He was invited to spring training with the Rays, hitting 4–9 with a home run. He started that season with Double-A Montgomery, playing in 97 games with a .301 average before being promoted to Triple-A Durham. He finished with 31 games there, hitting .290. On November 18, 2011, Vogt was added to the big league roster to be protected from the Rule 5 draft.
He made his major league debut with the Rays on April 6, 2012 at Tropicana Field against the New York Yankees. In his first ever at bat he was struck out by David Robertson as a pinch-hitter. After a strong season at Triple-A Durham where Vogt batted .272 with 9 home runs and 43 RBIs in 94 games, he was added to the active roster as a September call-up. Despite having 25 at-bats in the 2012 season, Vogt couldn't manage to get his first big league hit.
Oakland Athletics (2013 - present)
The Rays traded Vogt, on April 5, 2013, to the Oakland Athletics for a player to be named later or cash considerations. To make room on the roster, Oakland designated recent waiver claim Dan Otero for assignment. Vogt's first Major League hit was a home run against the St. Louis Cardinals on June 28, 2013. Vogt appeared in 47 games with Oakland as a reserve catcher in 2013, hitting .252 with 4 HR and 16 RBI.
In the 2013 American League Divisional Series against the Detroit Tigers, his walk-up music was Comatose by Skillet. In game 2, Vogt hit a game-winning walk-off RBI single in the ninth inning in a 1-0 win over the Tigers.
Following an impressive spring training with the A's in 2014, in which he hit .364 with 3 HR and 12 RBI in 20 games, Vogt was among the final cuts made by Oakland as Daric Barton won the final Opening Day roster spot. Manager Bob Melvin called Vogt's demotion "...maybe the most difficult (discussion) I’ve ever had to do" as a manager. Vogt was optioned to Triple-A Sacramento on March 29, 2014 and soon missed over a month of playing due to straining his oblique muscle on April 8. Vogt played in 21 games with the River Cats before earning a promotion back to the big leagues on June 1 due to injuries to left-handed hitters Brandon Moss and Josh Reddick. He was hitting .364 with 3 HR and 19 RBI.
Vogt has quickly become a fan favorite for Oakland A's fans due to his defensive versatility and clutch hitting, inspiring "I believe in Stephen Vogt" chants from fans in the right field bleachers.
- Stiglich, Joe (March 29, 2014). "Vogt cut on last day of spring as A's finalize roster". CSN Bay Area.
- A's Recall C Vogt from Sacramento; Option RHP Rodriguez to Sacramento
- Kawahara, Matt (June 1, 2014). "A's recall Stephen Vogt, option Rodriguez to Triple-A". The Sacramento Bee.
- Career statistics and player information from MLB, or ESPN, or Baseball-Reference, or Fangraphs, or The Baseball Cube, or Baseball-Reference (Minors)