A catcher-eligible player supplementing his playing time with frequent at-bats as designated hitter can provide a helpful advantage late in drafts. That's what makes Stephen Vogt's often pedestrian statistics look somewhat intriguing. In fact, there's not a whole lot to get excited about. While he makes a lot of contact, his batting eye doesn't shine, and he couldn't sustain his sudden on-base growth from 2015. Almost half of Vogt's batted balls turn into flies, which caps his average upside, and all those lofts haven't given him a power boost. In two-catcher leagues, he'll stand out among the No. 2 options for his almost guaranteed role in the middle of the batting order. But it's not a strong one, so he doesn't get a boost by proxy, and obviously, O.co Coliseum favors pitchers. While there's something to be said for a catcher with a floor of 10-15 home runs over around 500 at-bats, settling for him will make a drafter miss out on more exciting names.
Vogt (heel) is back in the lineup for Thursday's game, Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports. Vogt missed a game earlier in the week with a heel issue, but the A's were never worried he'd miss more than that. He's back behind the plate after a few days off and will look to continue his solid spring, where he's slashing .316/.381/.421 across 19 at-bats.
Vogt has been dealing with a minor heel issue and will not play Monday, Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports. The issue doesn't appear to be overly serious, and Slusser also noted that Vogt is scheduled to DH on Tuesday and return to catching Thursday after the team's off day. He should be considered day-to-day until he's back behind the plate.
Vogt went 2-for-3 with a two-run double, another two-bagger, a bases-loaded walk and two runs in Thursday's 12-5 Cactus League win over the Reds. The veteran backstop boosted his spring average to .375 with Thursday's production and has been relatively consistent at the plate since spring began. His early success with the bat could be a harbinger of a bounce-back campaign for Vogt, whose home run, RBI, batting average, OBP, slugging and OPS metrics were all down last season when compared to 2015.
Vogt went 2-for-3 with an RBI infield single in Monday's 5-4 Cactus League win over the Giants. Vogt's infield single in the first brought in Khris Davis, giving Oakland a 2-0 lead at the time. The veteran backstop, who's playing on a one-year, $2.965 million deal in 2017 after avoiding arbitration, will look to improve on the .251/.305/.406 line he generated in 2016, which represented a drop from his level of performance in the previous two campaigns.
Vogt avoided arbitration with the Athletics on Friday with a $2.965 million deal, Jerry Crasnick of ESPN reports. Vogt's 2016 season didn't quite meet the standards of his previous two, posting lower numbers in all three slash statistics, but he still managed to make the All-Star Game and cement himself as a leader on the A's. This was the first round of arbitration for the 32-year-old.