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Thursday, February 2, 2017

2017 FANTASY BASEBALL DRAFT SLEEPER: DAN VOGELBACH 1B SEATTLE MARINERS

With first base being arguably the deepest and most power-packed position in fantasy baseball, it is very rare when you get sleepers here that are a bit off the radar.  Leave it to the far reaches of Seattle for such a player to reside as Mariners GM Jerry DiPoto has stated publicly that prospect Dan Vogelback will be given every chance to grab hold of the team's starting first base spot for the 2017 season.  The former 2011 second-round pick of the Chicago Cubs received a prime opportunity with the M's after the Cubs dealt him away and out from the giant shadow of Anthony Rizzo.  Still young at the age of 24, Vogelback will now get to show what he can do both in real life and in fantasy baseball.

Now in terms of what Vogelbach brings to the table, he comes off a 2016 season at Double-A in the Cubs system where he batted .318 with 16 home runs in just 365 at-bats.  Vogelbach did struggle after coming over to Seattle at their Double-A affiliate late last season (.240 with 7 home runs in 198 at-bats) but a total of 23 home runs is nothing to scoff at.  However when you break Vogelbach down, he is a guy who draws walks and can hit for moderate power.  Think James Loney with a bit more pop and that is what Vogelbach profiles to be in terms of fantasy baseball.  Yes that doesn't likely make you jump up and down with excitement but especially in AL-only leagues, Vogelbach is well worth a late round pick to see what he can do.  Playing time will be the total determinant here as Vogelbach has to hit enough in spring training to nail down the gig.  If all breaks right though, we could be looking at a .280 hitter with 20 home runs and 75 RBI.  


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