Selected in the second round of the 2011 draft, Vogelbach absolutely mashed last season. A massive left-handed hitter, he opened the season by batting .324/.391/.686 with 21 extra-base hits (seven home runs) and 14/12 K/BB in 24 games in the rookie-level Arizona League. Vogelbach’s performance earned him a promotion to Short-Season Boise where it was more of the same, as he went on to bat .322/423/.608 with 20 extra-base hits (10 home runs) and 34/23 K/BB in 37 games.
He’s the definition of a bad-body-guy at 6’0", 250 pounds, but he will need to work hard to retain a playable weight throughout his career. Given his size, he'll likely continue to be overlooked until he reaches the high minors. Luckily, he boasts absolutely jaw-dropping, plus-plus raw power thanks to a compact swing that allows him to track the ball deep and effortlessly drive the ball to all fields. His advanced feel for the strike zone, direct bat path and strong top hand give him the potential for an above-average-to-plus hit tool. However, he’ll have to continue to rake, as his value will always be tied to his power.
*Shout-out to my good friend and former college teammate, Colver, who shares a similar admiration of Vogelbach's mighty bat.