Vogelbach went 2-for-2 with an RBI double in Sunday's season-ending 6-2 loss to the Angels.
The burly infielder saw just 11 at-bats since being called up from Triple-A Tacoma on Sept. 5, hitting safely in three of them. Vogelbach had initially been slated to start the regular season in a platoon at first base with veteran Danny Valencia, but a rough spring played a part in those plans being scuttled. He spent the majority of the campaign with the Rainiers, where he generated a solid .290/.388/.455 line with 42 extra-base hits (25 doubles, 17 home runs) and 83 RBI over 541 plate appearances. Vogelbach figures to get another long look in spring training, particularly with both Valencia and fellow veteran Yonder Alonso both currently unsigned for next season.
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 optioned to Triple-A Tacoma on Monday.
Vogelbach only appeared in one game with the big club before being sent back to Tacoma, going 1-for-3 in Sunday's loss to the White Sox. The 24-year-old will continue to fine tune his swing at Triple-A while the Mariners stick with Danny Valencia and Taylor Motter at first base for the time being. The move clears room for Robinson Cano (calf) to be activated from the disabled list Tuesday.
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