Dan Vogelbach

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Dan Vogelbach
Seattle Mariners – No. 20
First baseman
Born: (1992-12-17) December 17, 1992 (age 25)
Orlando, Florida
Bats: Left Throws: Right
MLB debut
September 12, 2016, for the Seattle Mariners
MLB statistics
(through June 8, 2018)
Batting average .196
Home runs 2
Runs batted in 8
Teams

Daniel Vogelbach (born December 17, 1992) is an American professional baseball first baseman for the Seattle Mariners of Major League Baseball (MLB). He made his MLB debut in 2016.

High school[edit]

Vogelbach attended Bishop Verot High School in Fort Myers, Florida. As a senior, he hit .551 with nine home runs and was The News-Press All-Area Baseball Player of the Year.[1] At the time, listed at 5 feet 11 inches tall, he was also listed as weighing 285 pounds (129 kg).[2]

Professional career[edit]

Minor leagues[edit]

The Chicago Cubs selected Vogelbach in the second round of the 2011 Major League Baseball Draft.[3][4] He made his professional debut with the Arizona League Cubs. In six games he hit .292/.370/.542 with a home run in 24 at bats. He started the 2012 season with the Arizona League Cubs and was promoted to the Boise Hawks during the season. At the time, he weighed over 300 pounds (140 kg).[5]

He finished the season hitting .322/410/.641 with 17 home runs and 62 runs batted in over 245 at bats in 61 games. He started the 2013 season with the Kane County Cougars and was promoted to the Daytona Cubs near the end of the season.[6] He finished the year hitting .284/.375/.449 with 19 home runs over 483 at bats in 131 games.[7]

Prior to the 2014 season, he lost over 30 pounds (14 kg) to help improve his defense, and escape being labelled a "designated-hitter-only".[8][9] In 2014, he batted .268 for the Daytona Cubs.[10] The Cubs added him to their 40-man roster after the 2015 season.[11]

Vogebach began the 2016 season with the Iowa Cubs of the Class AAA Pacific Coast League (PCL). On July 20, 2016, the Cubs traded Vogelbach and Paul Blackburn to the Seattle Mariners for Mike Montgomery and Jordan Pries.[12] The Mariners assigned him to the Tacoma Rainiers of the PCL, and promoted him to the major leagues on September 12, after the Rainiers were eliminated from the PCL postseason.[13][14]

Seattle Mariners[edit]

The Mariners promoted Vogelbach to the major league roster on September 12, 2016. He made his major league debut later that night as a pinch-hitter against the Los Angeles Angels, grounding into a fielder's choice in his first at bat.[15] The next night, he got his first big league start and first big league hit, a single to right in his third plate appearance.[16] In 2016 he batted .083/.154/.183 in 8 games.[17] In 2017, when playing for the Tacoma Rainers, Vogelbach hit .290 with 17 home runs and 83 RBI. Vogelbach also participated in the Triple-A home run derby. He made it all the way to the final round before finally losing to Bryce Brentz of the Pawtucket Red Sox. In August of 2017, Vogelbach was called up to the big leagues. He was used for the remainder of the season as a pinch hitter and back-up First baseman, as the Mariners already had Yonder Alonso and Danny Valencia covering first base duties. At the end of 2017, he batted .214/.290/.250 in 28 at bats.

On March 25, 2018, the Mariners announced the Vogelbach had made the Opening Day roster.[18]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Baseball Player of the Year: Dan Vogelbach". Retrieved September 20, 2014. 
  2. ^ "Chicago Cubs 300 lb prospect Daniel Vogelbach slims down, remakes himself"
  3. ^ "Cubs take big, powerful 1st baseman Dan Vogelbach with 2nd pick". Retrieved September 20, 2014. 
  4. ^ "Power-hungry Cubs draft their very own Prince Fielder". Yahoo Sports. Retrieved September 20, 2014. 
  5. ^ Cubs Down on the Farm Report – 09/29/14 | Chicago Cubs Online
  6. ^ "Aurora, IL News - Aurora Beacon-News". Retrieved September 12, 2016. 
  7. ^ "Slugging Cubs prospect Dan Vogelbach thinking big"
  8. ^ "Vogelbach loses weight to increase opportunities". Major League Baseball. Retrieved September 20, 2014. 
  9. ^ "Cub prospect Dan Vogelbach's amazing disappearing act". Voices. Archived from the original on March 18, 2014. Retrieved September 20, 2014. 
  10. ^ 2014 Daytona Cubs - Florida State League
  11. ^ "Cubs make roster moves for Rule 5 Draft". Retrieved September 12, 2016. 
  12. ^ Birch, Tommy (July 20, 2016). "Dan Vogelbach traded to Seattle: 'I wasn't going to be' Cubs' 1B". The Des Moines Register. Retrieved September 12, 2016. 
  13. ^ "Patient Vogelbach is in no hurry to swing". The Olympian. Retrieved September 12, 2016. 
  14. ^ Dorsey, David (September 12, 2016). "Daniel Vogelbach being called up by Seattle Mariners". The News-Press. Retrieved September 12, 2016. 
  15. ^ "Mariners will give Vogelbach a good look". MLB.com. September 12, 2016. Retrieved September 12, 2016. 
  16. ^ "Seattle Mariners at Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim Box Score, September 13, 2016" | Baseball-Reference.com
  17. ^ "Daniel Vogelbach Stats, Fantasy & News" | MLB.com
  18. ^ "Mariners say Daniel Vogelbach earned his way onto Opening Day roster. But how does he fit?". The News Tribune. Retrieved March 25, 2018. 

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