22-Year-Old First Baseman – Chicago Cubs
2015 Fantasy Baseball Outlook
Vogelbach is the Cubs' top first baseman in the minors, but it would be a shock to see him overtake Anthony Rizzo as the starter at the big league level at any point. There are some appealing items in...
Vogelbach is dealing with a strained oblique and is expected to be sidelined until early August, Tommy Birch of the Des Moines Register reports.
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Chicago Cubs Roster
MajorsArrieta, Jake (P)
AAAAlcantara, Arismendy (2B)
A+Blackburn, Paul (P)
AAmaya, Gioskar (2B)
RookieAdeman, Aramis (SS)
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RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks
Vogelbach is not just some run-of-the-mill slugger. Last year's 73:89 BB:K ratio contributed to a .375 on-base percentage between Low-A Kane County and High-A Daytona. While he only hit 19 home runs in 483 at-bats, he's done all that as a 20-year-old, and certainly projects as a power hitter in the majors. Anthony Rizzo is blocking him at first base, but in two years, who knows? Tuck him away, especially in deep OBP leagues.
Drafted 68th overall in 2011 for his elite power, the 5-foot-11, 255-pound Vogelbach did not disappoint last year, slugging .686 in 102 rookie-ball at-bats and .608 in 143 Low-A ones. He also hit .324 and .322, respectively, at those stops and showed good plate discipline, to boot. Expect the 20-year-old Vogelbach to get a shot at High-A and perhaps Double-A this year, though so long as he remains in the Cubs organization, he's blocked by Anthony Rizzo at first base. Given Vogelbach's frame, we very much doubt a position change is an option.