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Stephen Guy Vogt (/ˈvt/; born November 1, 1984) is an American professional baseball catcher for the San Francisco Giants of Major League Baseball (MLB). He has previously played for the Tampa Bay Rays, Oakland Athletics, and Milwaukee Brewers. He is a two-time MLB All-Star.

Stephen Vogt
Stephen Vogt 2015.jpg
Vogt batting for the Oakland Athletics in 2015
San Francisco Giants – No. 21
Catcher
Born: (1984-11-01) November 1, 1984 (age 34)
Visalia, California
Bats: Left Throws: Right
MLB debut
April 6, 2012, for the Tampa Bay Rays
MLB statistics
(through July 17, 2019)
Batting average.253
Home runs61
Runs batted in236
Teams
Career highlights and awards

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Amateur careerEdit

Born and raised in Visalia, California, Vogt went to Central Valley Christian High School where he was a three-year letter winner in basketball and baseball. Vogt later went on to NCAA Division II Azusa Pacific University, graduating in 2007. At Azusa Pacific, Vogt led the team to its first NAIA World Series since 1984, and was an NAIA All-American. During his career at the school, Vogt batted .448 with 31 home runs, 294 hits, and 199 RBIs.[1]

Professional careerEdit

Tampa Bay RaysEdit

Vogt was drafted by the Tampa Bay Devil Rays in 2007 in the 12th round, 365th overall, as a catcher and left fielder.

He was assigned to Low-A Hudson Valley, where he played 70 games, 55 in left field, hitting an even .300. He played all of 2008 with now-defunct Single-A Columbus, playing 113 games, 67 in left field, hitting .291. His 2009 season was cut short after just 10 games after he suffered a shoulder injury that required surgery. He played for High-A Charlotte for those 10 games and also played for them for the 2010 season, in which he played in 106 games with a .345 average, splitting time between catcher, left field and first base. He was named to the Florida State League All-Star Team as a designated hitter, and the Minor League High-A All-Star Team as a catcher.

In 2011, he was invited to spring training with the Rays, and hit .444 in nine at-bats with a home run. He started that season with Double-A Montgomery, playing in 97 games with a .301 average before being promoted to Triple-A Durham. He finished with 31 games there, hitting .290. He was named to the Southern League All-Star team as a catcher. On November 18, 2011, Vogt was added to the big league roster to be protected from the Rule 5 draft.[2][3]

He made his major league debut with the Rays on April 6, 2012 at Tropicana Field against the New York Yankees. In his first-ever at bat he was struck out by David Robertson as a pinch-hitter. After a season at Triple-A Durham where Vogt batted .272 with 9 home runs and 43 RBIs in 94 games, and was named a Pacific Coast League All-Star, he was added to the active roster as a September call-up. Despite having 25 at bats in the 2012 season, Vogt had yet to record his first big league hit.

Oakland AthleticsEdit

 
Vogt in the A’s bullpen in 2013.

The Rays traded Vogt on April 5, 2013, to the Oakland Athletics for a player to be named later or cash considerations. To make room on the roster, Oakland designated recent waiver claim Dan Otero for assignment.[4] Vogt's first Major League hit was a home run against the St. Louis Cardinals on June 28, 2013. Vogt appeared in 47 games with Oakland as a reserve catcher in 2013, hitting .252 with 4 HR and 16 RBIs.

In the 2013 American League Divisional Series against the Detroit Tigers, his walk-up music was Comatose by Skillet. In game 2, Vogt hit a game-winning walk-off RBI single in the ninth inning in a 1-0 win over the Tigers.

Following a spring training with the A's in 2014 in which he hit .364 with 3 HR and 12 RBIs in 20 games, Vogt was among the final cuts made by Oakland as Daric Barton won the final Opening Day roster spot.[5] Manager Bob Melvin called Vogt's demotion "maybe the most difficult (decision) I’ve ever had to do" as a manager. Vogt was optioned to Triple-A Sacramento on March 29, 2014 and soon missed over a month of playing time due to straining his oblique muscle on April 8.[6] Vogt played in 21 games with the River Cats before earning a promotion back to the big leagues on June 1, due to injuries to left-handed hitters Brandon Moss and Josh Reddick.[7] He was hitting .364 with 3 HR and 19 RBIs.

In 2016, he batted .251/.305/.406.[8] His ground ball to fly ball ratio of 0.73 was the lowest in the American League.[8] On defense, in 2016 he had the weakest arm strength (76.1) of all major league catchers.[9] He threw out 20% of attempted base stealers.[8] Vogt entered the 2017 season as the A's starting catcher but soon entered a prolonged slump, hitting just .217/.287/.357 in 174 plate appearances in 2017. Vogt was designated for assignment on June 22.[10]

Vogt was a fan favorite during his time in Oakland. Each time he began an at-bat, the fans in the right field bleachers would start the "I Believe in Stephen Vogt" Chant, modeled after the "I believe that we will win!" chant made famous by the U.S. Men's Soccer team.[11][12] The chant began in June 2014, around the time that the World Cup began in Brazil, when Vogt began playing in right field for the Athletics. Soon after the chant began, Vogt went on a hot streak, giving the fans in right field good reason to continue to believe.[13] The chant led to the creation of a banner hung in the bleachers and even a T-shirt produced by the A's, sold in team stores throughout O.co Coliseum.[14][15]

Milwaukee BrewersEdit

On June 25, 2017, Vogt was claimed off waivers by the Milwaukee Brewers.[16] Vogt improved as a hitter in Milwaukee, producing a .254 batting average and .508 slugging percentage to finish the year with a slash line of .233/.285/.423.[17] While he played in only 81 games, runners stole a major-league-leading 66 bases against him, as he caught 11 (14%).[18]

In late February 2018, Vogt suffered a shoulder strain, another setback to his throwing arm. He opened the 2018 season on the disabled list, and re-injured his shoulder while on a rehab assignment with the Double-A Biloxi Shuckers.[19] He had year-ending shoulder surgery.[20] He was outrighted off the roster on November 1 and elected free agency.[21]

San Francisco GiantsEdit

On February 11, 2019, Vogt signed a minor league contract with the San Francisco Giants that included an invitation to Spring Training.[22] On May 1, 2019, the Giants purchased Vogt's contract, adding him to the 25-man roster.[23]

Personal lifeEdit

Vogt and his wife, Alyssa, have three children; a daughter named Payton,[24] born in 2011,[25] a son named Clark, born in 2014, [26] and a son named Bennett, [27] born in 2016.

Vogt grew up as a San Francisco Giants fan and following his signing with the team in February 2019, he declared that it was a "lifelong dream". [28]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Azusa Pacific Athletics
  2. ^ Stephen Vogt Minor & Winter Leagues Statistics & History | Baseball-Reference.com
  3. ^ Stephen Vogt Baseball Statistics [2007-2016]
  4. ^ A’s Acquire Vogt, Designate Otero For Assignment - MLB Trade Rumors
  5. ^ Stiglich, Joe (March 29, 2014). "Vogt cut on last day of spring as A's finalize roster". CSN Bay Area.
  6. ^ A's Recall C Vogt from Sacramento; Option RHP Rodriguez to Sacramento
  7. ^ Kawahara, Matt (June 1, 2014). "A's recall Stephen Vogt, option Rodriguez to Triple-A". The Sacramento Bee.
  8. ^ a b c Stephen Vogt Stats, Fantasy & News | MLB.com
  9. ^ Statcast Catcher Pop Time Leaderboard | baseballsavant.com
  10. ^ "Athletics' Stephen Vogt: Designated for assignment". CBS Sports. June 22, 2017.
  11. ^ "The improbable story of how the trendiest chant in sports began". Yahoo! Sports. Yahoo!. Retrieved December 25, 2015.
  12. ^ "I believe in Stephen Vogt!". YouTube. Ian S. Retrieved December 25, 2015.
  13. ^ "Stephen Vogt has become an Oakland A's fan favorite". San Jose Mercury News. Bay Area News Group. Retrieved December 25, 2015.
  14. ^ "JD's Ballpark Tour, Sixteenth Inning (Oakland, CA)". Chavez Chronicles. MLB.com/blogs. Retrieved December 25, 2015.
  15. ^ Vogt, Stephen. "WE BELIEVE. Rock the shirt & show us your best Stephen Vogt pose using #IBelieveInStephenVogt". Twitter. Oakland Athletics. Retrieved December 25, 2015.
  16. ^ Byrne, Connor (June 25, 2017). "Brewers Claim Stephen Vogt". mlbtraderumors.com. Retrieved June 25, 2017.
  17. ^ "Stephen Vogt Stats, Fantasy & News". mlb.com. Retrieved November 3, 2017.
  18. ^ Major League Leaderboards » 2017 » All Positions » Fielding Statistics | FanGraphs Baseball
  19. ^ "Recent news on Stephen Vogt". rotoworld.com. Retrieved April 26, 2018.
  20. ^ [1]
  21. ^ Stephen Vogt elects free agency | MLB.com
  22. ^ "Stephen Vogt agrees to minors deal with Giants". ESPN.com. Associated Press. February 11, 2019. Retrieved July 15, 2019.
  23. ^ "Giants summon catcher Stephen Vogt from Triple-A, will promote Tyler Beede - SFChronicle.com". www.sfchronicle.com. May 2, 2019. Retrieved May 2, 2019.
  24. ^ "Tumwater girl, 4, believes in Stephen Vogt – her dad". The Olympian. Retrieved December 22, 2017.
  25. ^ "Tampa Bay Rays character Stephen Vogt seeks to be backup catcher". Tampa Bay Times. Retrieved December 22, 2017.
  26. ^ "Fatherhood has changed holidays for Vogt". MLB.com. Retrieved December 22, 2017.
  27. ^ "Twitter". mobile.twitter.com. Retrieved February 12, 2019.
  28. ^ "Giants signing ex-A's catcher Stephen Vogt: 'lifelong dream' - SFChronicle.com". www.sfchronicle.com. February 12, 2019. Retrieved February 12, 2019.

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