"Now, is he going to be here at some point in time this year? I don’t see how he can’t be. But very difficult today," manager Bob Melvin said.
"Obviously, I want to make the team, but at the end of the day, whatever the decision is, I'll be ready when they need me," Vogt told MLB.com. "If I start at Triple-A, so be it. If there's anything I've learned from my career, it's that any day I get to put a jersey on, I'm happy. I know that sounds cliché, but that's the truth. I'm 29 years old, married with a kid and I still get to play baseball. Every day is a blessing."
Though John Jaso is expected to spend a lot of his time as a designated hitter, he could end up backing up presumed starter Derek Norris while Vogt, who has minor-league options remaining, begins the year in Triple-A. Vogt hit .252/.295/.400 with four home runs and 16 RBI in 135 at-bats with the A's last season.
When the San Francisco Chronicle recently reported that
Jaso, who was out due to a concussion from late July through the postseason in 2013, should play more often and be less vulnerable to injury as a DH, and the extra plate appearances catapult him into relevance in two-catcher mixed leagues. As a left-handed hitter, Vogt is expected to assume the larger role in the catching platoon with Norris, and he has enough power to be worth a pick or a few dollars in deeper mixed leagues and AL-only formats. His limited upside in terms of batting average and on-base percentage does keep him from mattering in standard and shallow mixed leagues.
Norris will fill a similar role to the one he had over the second half of last season, so of the A's catching trio, he is the only one who doesn't stand to gain much Fantasy value. Owners can relegate him to AL-only leagues.
During that stretch, Vogt ranked 23rd among catchers in Rotisserie value, as he hit .265 with three home runs, 14 RBI and 17 runs. As a flyball hitter with decent contact skills, Vogt can chip in with double digits in home runs if he gets fairly regular at-bats, and he shouldn't hurt owners much, if at all, with his batting average.
With Jaso entering free agency, Vogt has a chance to get playing time next season, and as he showed down the stretch this season, he could be a viable Fantasy No. 2 catcher.
With the bases loaded, Vogt singled in the game's only run with no outs. It was his only hit of the night. He finished 1 for 4 with an RBI in a 1-0 victory. He has gone 1 for 7 through the first two games of the series.
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