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Tuesday, April 9, 2019

2019 FANTASY BASEBALL STATUS REPORT: DAN VOGELBACH 1B SEATTLE MARINERS

Given the vast dimensions of Safeo Field, very rarely has the fantasy baseball community panned for sleepers or upside plays among the Seattle Mariners.  2019 is certainly challenging this trend though as not only is Domingo Santana lighting things up in the outfield but first base prospect Dan Vogelbach is doing the same after cracking his fifth home run of the season Monday night.  Now with 3 homers in his last two games, Vogelbach is one of the most added players in fantasy baseball this past weekend and those who had a passing interest in him prior are now taking a second look.   Now in terms of Vogelbach and his history, he is already 26 and originally a 2011 second-round pick of the Chicago Cubs.  While Vogelbach has gotten some cup of coffee chances with the Mariners, nothing really came of it as he struggled to hit in each opportunity.  Still, Vogelbach has some skill when it comes to swinging the bat as he first hit 17 homers with a .290 average at Triple-A in 2017 and then followed that up with a 20 more homers and another .290 average at the same level a year ago.  There has been some suspicion that Vogelbach was Quad-A guy but so far he is disproving this notion with his big start. 

Digging into the numbers a bit more, Vogelbach has always made solid contact in the minors (15.6 K/9 last season at Triple-A) and so the current .471 average; while obviously due to come back down to earth, is an indication of the bat-to-ball ability.  In addition, Vogelach is a walks machine as he currently sports a 25.0 BB/9 with the Mariners and he has a long history of putting up tremendous numbers in that category.  So in essence, we maybe should not be surprised at what Vogelbach is doing right now and so he should be added where available.  The eventual return of Kyle Seager could complicate things for Vogelbach but for now ride this out and see where it can take you. 


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