Vogelbach was recalled from Triple-A Tacoma on Tuesday. Tacoma's season ended Monday, freeing Vogelbach up to return to the majors for the first time since May. The 24-year-old put together a fine season at Triple-A after coming over from Chicago at last year's trade deadline, but his opportunities figure to be limited with Yonder Alonso and Danny Valencia forming a capable platoon at first base and Nelson Cruz serving as the primary DH. Vogelbach figures to compete for a starting job in spring training.
Vogelbach, 24, is hitting .324 with two home runs and 10 RBI over his last 10 games for Triple-A Tacoma. The acquisition of Yonder Alonso from the Oakland Athletics all but assured that Vogelbach would be nothing more than a September call-up. However, both Alonso and Danny Valencia will be free agents after the season, so the possibility remains that Vogelbach could be vying for the starting job at first base heading into the 2018 campaign.
Vogelbach, who went 1-for-4 with a two-run home run in Triple-A Tacoma's 8-3 loss to Reno on Wednesday, is slashing .286/.396/.472 with eight homers and 34 RBI over 192 plate appearances with the Rainiers. Vogelbach has generated encouraging results during his stints at the minor-league level this season, posting a tolerable 19.1 percent strikeout rate and 14 extra-base hits in addition to his aforementioned line. His overall numbers are a notable improvement over his brief stay with the big-league club earlier in the season, during which Vogelbach hit just .176 over 20 plate appearances. However, given the recent improvement demonstrated by Vogelbach's former first-base platoon mate Danny Valencia, it appears that the former will continue getting his reps at the Triple-A level for the time being.
Vogelbach was recalled from Triple-A Tacoma and is playing first base and batting seventh during Sunday's game against the White Sox. With starting first baseman Danny Valencia nursing a sore wrist, the Mariners have elected to promote Vogelbach in order to provide some insurance at first base. The 24-year-old recorded two hits over his 14 at-bats during his first stint with the big-league club earlier this season.
Vogelbach was optioned to Triple-A Tacoma on Tuesday, Ryan Divish of the Seattle Times reports. The 24-year-old failed to impress during his brief stay with the big club, collecting just two hits (both singles) while striking out four times in 14 at-bats. Vogelbach told the News Tribune that his "timing is off a little bit," but he felt he was seeing pitches well. It appears the Mariners are content to go with a combination of Danny Valencia and Taylor Motter at first base for the time being.
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