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|Games Played By Position|
|10/07/2014||Justin Wilson, RP PIT|
Chad Bettis, RP COL
Ryan Sweeney, CF CHC
Carl Crawford, LF LAD
Brandon McCarthy, SP NYY
Shae Simmons, RP ATL
Jordan Walden, RP ATL
|Austin Meadows, CF PIT|
Brett Jackson, RF ARI
Daniel Vogelbach, 1B CHC
Alen Hanson, SS PIT
Daniel Vogelbach out to prove he can be effective at first base
|by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com|
|(2/25/14) Cubs first base prospect Daniel Vogelbach showed up to spring training 30 pounds lighter in an attempt to prove to his critics he can be athletic enough to play in the field, per MLB.com.
"In the offseason, I really took it seriously to get myself in shape so there was no question about whether I could play first base or am I only going to be a DH?" said Vogelbach, who is considered the Cubs' 10th-best prospect by MLB.com. "I want to play first base, I want to be on the field. That's the type of player I am, I want to be on the field at all times."
The biggest concern for Vogelbach was would the weight loss lead to him losing some power. Vogelbach, who has a career .515 slugging percentage in the minors, doesn't feel that has happened.
"I think I gained power," Vogelbach said. "I got a lot stronger with Doug [Jarrow, Cubs strength coach] and being home lifting a lot. I'm a lot looser with losing the weight. I can move better, not only in the field but swinging. I actually feel better at the plate than I usually do."
Daniel Vogelbach gets promoted
|by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com|
|(8/13/13) Cubs first base prospect Daniel Vogelbach has been promoted to high Class A Daytona.
Vogelbach is hitting .284/.364/.450 in 433 at-bats. He was a second-round pick with the club in the 2011 draft.
|Realistically, Daniel Vogelbach is probably closer to Matt Stairs than Prince Fielder as short and stocky sluggers go. Either way, he's poised to become a significant contributor in Fantasy if given the opportunity. Why "if?" He's barely passable at first base, and in case you're unaware, the Cubs don't have use of the DH. Sure, a trade is always possible, but with more and more AL teams preferring to keep that spot flexibile, finding a match could be difficult. Plus, having spent most of 2013 in low Class A, Vogelbach is still three big steps away from the majors. Any letup between now and then -- in terms of production or physique -- could make him not worth the trouble. For now, scouts call him a polished hitter, pointing to his plate discipline and willingness to hit the ball the other way, so to ignore him in a long-term keeper league would be foolish. Just understand that, despite what the numbers tell you, he's not the most straightforward of prospects.
(Updated 1/15/14) |
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