Daniel Vogelbach: Power and Patience

The Blue Jays’ acquisition of Daniel Vogelbach raised a few eyebrows. Does this team really need another bad body first base/DH type? They already have Vlad Guerrero Jr. and Rowdy Tellez.

Given that this trio can really only play first base or DH, we are never going to see all three of them in the line-up together. One of these hitters is going to end being a bench bat and it’s not going to be Vladdy.
The first thought would be Vogelbach to the bench. He’s the new player and has been dreadful at the plate this season, slashing .094/.250/.226 a 39 wRC+, while Rowdy has been excellent with a .254/.308/.549 slash line and a 123 wRC+.
With Rowdy playing so well, and with the trade deadline just a few days away, there is plenty of speculation that Rowdy might be on the move. Perhaps for more pitching help.
On the surface Rowdy and Vogelbach seem really similar, big strong power hitters, however, Vogelbach does one other thing really well that sets him apart from Rowdy, walks.
His 16.5% walk rate last season ranked fourth among qualified players, behind Mike Trout, Yasmani Grandal and Alex Bregman. It’s …

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Author: Paul Berthelot / Blue Jays Nation

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