Stephen Vogt

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Stephen Vogt
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Oakland Athletics – No. 21
Catcher, Outfield
Born: (1984-11-01) November 1, 1984 (age 29)
Visalia, California
Bats: Left Throws: Right
MLB debut
April 6, 2012 for the Tampa Bay Rays
Career statistics
(through 2013 season)
Batting average .213
Home runs 4
Runs batted in 16
Teams

Stephen Guy Vogt (born November 1, 1984) is a Major League Baseball catcher and outfielder with the Oakland Athletics.

Baseball career[edit]

Amateur career[edit]

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.

Professional career[edit]

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.[1][2]

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.

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.[3] 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 a stellar spring training with the A's in 2014, one 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 bench spot.[4] 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. He missed over a month of playing due to straining his oblique muscle on April 8.[5] Vogt played in 21 games with the River Cats before finally earning a promotion back to the big leagues on June 1 due to injuries to left-handed hitters Brandon Moss and Josh Reddick.[6] 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 (He can play catcher, right field, and 1st base) and clutch hitting. In fact, "I believe in Stephen Vogt" has become a popular chant for fans in the right field bleachers, due to a Vogt's clutch hitting and his occasional appearances in right field.

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