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 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.
Vogt tallied five RBI in a 14-5 victory over the Royals, going 2-for-4 with a double, a home run and a walk. After knocking in just three runs over his first 12 September games, Vogt nearly double that output on one night in Kansas City. The long ball was his first of the month and 12th of the year. Barring a late-season power surge, Vogt's going to fall short of last year's 18 homers and 71 RBI, but he's still having a solid campaign with his .261/.310/.418 slash line.
Vogt drove in two runs, scored twice and walked twice in a 3-for-3 game in Monday's win over the Royals. Vogt was hitting just .217/.280/.330 since August and needed a game like this to help break out of the extended slump. Vogt's season line is a mediocre .262/.311/.412, and if he wants to prove he still has the bat to warrant a spot on Oakland's roster, he'll need to keep hitting in September.
Vogt went 1-for-3 with a homer and four RBI Sunday against the Cardinals. Vogt broke a six-game hitless streak when he blasted his 11th homer of the year, and he's now slashing .260/.306/.421 on the year. Unfortunately, each of his slash numbers are at their lowest point in the last three years.
Vogt is out of the lineup for Saturday's game against the Cardinals. The A's will plug Bruce Maxwell in behind the plate Saturday to give Vogt the day off. Vogt is mired in an 0-for-16 slump in which he's struck out seven times while drawing zero walks.