Photo: Jon Wells
Height: 6'0" Weight: 250
Bats/Throws: Left / Right
Born: 12/17/1992 in Orlando, Florida
Acquired: In trade from the Chicago Cubs, with Paul Blackburn, for Mike Montgomery and Jordan Pries (03/07/2018)
MLB Debut: 09/12/2016
Free Agent after: 2023 season
Twitter handle: @DanielVogelbach
Last year, Vogelbach entered spring camp expecting to share first-base duties on the big-league club. A spring line of .228/.313/.333 put an end to that idea, though, and Vogey was sent to Triple-A for another season. This year, the M's had no such expectations—they even went out and traded for a different slugging young first baseman in Ryon Healy, so unreliable did Vogelbach seem as an option. But the extra time in the minors did the big man good, and this spring he was raking it—true, the sample size is small, but numbers like .407/.529/.926 just can't be ignored, and with Healy nursing an injured hand and Nelson Cruz coming off a quad strain, Vogey could see Major League action early and often once the season opens, either at first or as a designated hitter.
Someone with Vogey's build isn't likely to ever win a Gold Glove, and at times in the minors he's had to work to avoid being labeled as nothing more than a DH. But he's improved his flexibility and learned better positioning to prove himself at the very least to not be a liability at first base, and occasionally he's even flashed a little leather on hot shots down the line. He was a Pacific Coast League All-Star last year with an impressive .290/.388/.455 batting line, including 17 home runs. As a baserunner, he'll never scare you with his footspeed, but he draws a ton of walks and can work a pitch count with the best of them.