Stephen Vogt

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Not to be confused with Steven S. Vogt.
Stephen Vogt
Vogt with the Oakland Athletics
Oakland Athletics – No. 21
Catcher / First baseman
Born: (1984-11-01) November 1, 1984 (age 30)
Visalia, California
Bats: Left Throws: Right
MLB debut
April 6, 2012 for the Tampa Bay Rays
MLB statistics
(through September 5, 2015)
Batting average .263
Home runs 31
Runs batted in 118
Career highlights and awards

Stephen Guy Vogt (/ˈvt/; born November 1, 1984) is a Major League Baseball catcher with the Oakland Athletics of Major League Baseball. Initially making his MLB debut with the Tampa Bay Rays, he has also filled in at first base for the Athletics.

Amateur career[edit]

Born and raised in Visalia, California, Vogt went to Central Valley Christian High School where he was a three-year letter winner in basketball and baseball. Vogt later went on to NCAA Division II Azusa Pacific University, graduating in 2007. Kirk Nieuwenhuis, outfielder for the New York Mets, is also an alumni of Azusa Pacific, graduating in 2008.[1] At Azusa Pacific, Vogt led the team to their first NAIA World Series since 1984, and was an NAIA All-American. During his career at the school, Vogt batted .448 with 31 home runs, 294 hits, and 199 RBIs.[2]

Professional career[edit]

Tampa Bay Rays (2007–2012)[edit]

Vogt was drafted by the Tampa Bay Devil Rays in 2007 in the 12th round, 365th overall as a catcher and left fielder. He was selected 15 picks ahead of future fifth 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.[3][4]

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)[edit]

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.[5] 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.[6] Manager Bob Melvin called Vogt's demotion "...maybe the most difficult (decision) 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.[7] 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.[8] He was hitting .364 with 3 HR and 19 RBI.


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