Stephen Vogt
Stephen Vogt
35-Year-Old CatcherC
 Free Agent  
Free Agent
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Expected to serve as the Brewers' part-time catcher in 2018, Vogt instead missed the entire season after undergoing surgery in May on his right shoulder capsule and rotator cuff. The Brewers decided to let him pursue opportunities elsewhere during the offseason. His days as a regular catcher are behind him. He has the potential to provide adequate offense at the position, but his throwing arm was already the weakest part of his game, and now, coming off surgery, there may not be a team willing to overlook his defensive shortcomings, even if he is an 80-grade teammate. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a one-year, minor-league contract with the Giants in February of 2019.
Surprises with two steals
CSan Francisco Giants  
September 26, 2019
Vogt went 2-for-4 with a pair of stolen bases in Wednesday's 2-1 win over the Rockies.
Vogt caught the Rockies napping with a steal in the second inning, and he tested his luck again (successfully) in the seventh. The slow-moving catcher doubled his career steal total in just one night. Any fantasy manager desperate enough to play him should enjoy the unexpected surprise, as the 34-year-old may not provide many more -- if any -- stolen bags. Vogt can be relied upon for his solid bat (.264/.311/.492 with 10 homers) as a backup catcher.
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Batting Order Slot Breakdown
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Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2017
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Since 2017vs Left .598 80 6 2 10 1 .213 .238 .360
Since 2017vs Right .779 503 49 20 70 2 .253 .309 .471
2019vs Left .656 47 4 2 8 1 .222 .234 .422
2019vs Right .835 233 26 8 32 2 .271 .330 .505
2018vs Left 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2018vs Right 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2017vs Left .509 33 2 0 2 0 .200 .242 .267
2017vs Right .732 270 23 12 38 0 .237 .290 .442
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Home/Away Batting Splits
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Since 2017Home .777 282 25 9 32 2 .264 .316 .461
Since 2017Away .733 301 30 13 48 1 .232 .283 .449
2019Home .785 136 10 3 15 2 .270 .309 .476
2019Away .823 144 20 7 25 1 .256 .319 .504
2018Home 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2018Away 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2017Home .769 146 15 6 17 0 .258 .322 .447
2017Away .651 157 10 6 23 0 .211 .250 .401
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Stat Review
How does Stephen Vogt compare to other hitters?
This section compares his stats with all batting seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 400 plate appearances)*. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that stat and it would be considered average.

* Exit Velocity and Barrels/PA % are benchmarked against 2019 data (min 400 PA) and Hard Hit Rate is benchmarked against last season's data (min 400 PA). See here for more exit velocity/barrels stats plus an explanation of current limitations with that data set.
  • BB/K
    Walk to strikeout ratio
  • BB Rate
    The percentage of plate appearances resulting in a walk.
  • K Rate
    The percentage of plate appearances resulting in a strikeout.
    Batting average on balls in play. Measures how many of a batter’s balls in play go for hits.
  • ISO
    Isolated Power. Slugging percentage minus batting average. A computation used to measure a batter's raw power.
  • AVG
    Batting average. Hits divided by at bats.
  • OBP
    On Base Percentage. A measure of how often a batters reaches base. Roughly equal to number of times on base divided by plate appearances.
  • SLG
    Slugging Percentage. A measure of the batting productivity of a hitter. It is calculated as total bases divided by at bats.
  • OPS
    On base plus slugging. THe sum of a batter's on-base percentage and slugging percentage.
  • wOBA
    Weighted on-base average. Measures a player's overall offensive contributions per plate appearance. wOBA combines all the different aspects of hitting into one metric, weighting each of them in proportion to their actual run value.
  • Exit Velocity
    The speed of the baseball as it comes off the bat, immediately after a batter makes contact.
  • Hard Hit Rate
    A measure of contact quality from Sports Info Solutions. This stat explains what percentage of batted balls were hit hard vs. medium or soft.
  • Barrels/PA
    The percentage of plate appearances where a batter had a batted ball classified as a Barrel. A Barrel is a batted ball with similar exit velocity and launch angle to past ones that led to a minimum .500 batting average and 1.500 slugging percentage.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
Despite making the All-Star Game the previous two seasons, the A's designated Vogt for assignment midway through 2017, and the Brewers snapped him up to improve their catching depth next to Manny Pina. They shared the playing time behind the plate the rest of the way when healthy, as the left-handed Vogt provided a useful complement to the right-handed Pina. While Vogt provided some pop for the Brewers, his batting average and OBP both fell for the second year in a row, and his .290 OBP against right-handers was particularly unsightly. The Brewers elected to bring him back for another year by tendering him a contract in December, but he is looking at playing some sort of part-time role again in 2018, and he may even be forced to compete for a roster spot to stay in Milwaukee during spring training.
A catcher-eligible player supplementing his playing time with frequent at-bats as designated hitter can provide a helpful advantage late in drafts. That's what makes Vogt's often pedestrian statistics look somewhat intriguing. In fact, there's not a whole lot to get excited about. While he makes a lot of contact, his batting eye doesn't shine, and he couldn't sustain his sudden on-base growth from 2015. Almost half of Vogt's batted balls turn into flies, which caps his average upside, and all those lofts haven't given him a power boost. In two-catcher leagues, he'll stand out among the No. 2 options for his almost guaranteed role in the middle of the batting order. But it's not a strong one, so he doesn't get a boost by proxy, and obviously, Coliseum favors pitchers. While there's something to be said for a catcher with a floor of 10-15 home runs over around 500 at-bats, settling for him will make a drafter miss out on more exciting names.
At the All-Star break, Vogt was sitting with a .872 OPS with 14 homers, but he fell off after the break with a .630 OPS and four homers the rest of the way. Vogt provided a lot of value at his draft price, but the extreme drop-off for the second year in a row has to be a concern for the A's and fantasy owners. It is possible that catching may wear on Vogt as the season goes on, which may lead to more starts at first base going forward. Vogt's walk rate spiked up to 11 percent from 2014's 5.6%, but his strikeout rate also took a bump up from 13.6% to 19 percent, while he also hit fewer flyballs last season. Vogt is a solid option considering the lack of great options at catcher, especially in two-catcher leagues, but after a year where he was a fantastic draft value, he will be hard pressed to provide significant profit from his 2016 price.
After Vogt was called up at the start of June, he had a dream season, hitting .350 through two months and becoming a right field bleacher fan favorite as "I Believe in Stephen Vogt" rattled through the cement concourse of the O.Co Coliseum. Vogt then hurt his right foot and his left ankle, injuries which kept him from being able to catch much in the second half and contributed to a large slump. Not surprisingly, he had an OPS of only .637 in the second half while playing at less than 100 percent after a first-half OPS of .920, and he hit a meager .186 in the final two months of the season. Vogt had surgery on his right foot after the season and should be ready for spring training. His real value lies somewhere in the middle of his first- and second-half numbers, and that profile presents some value, especially in leagues where Vogt qualifies at catcher. Vogt will likely play against righties, while spending time behind the plate, at first base, and in the outfield in 2015.
Vogt was pressed into regular action for the A's after John Jaso was injured, and he responded by hitting .252 with four home runs over 135 at-bats. Vogt is a career .300 hitter over seven seasons in the minors and managed a strong .945 OPS in nearly 300 Triple-A at-bats in 2013. Vogt figures to have a tough time getting playing time in 2014 if John Jaso is healthy, but concussion symptoms (which sidelined Jaso last season) at the catcher spot are scary and Vogt could find his way on the strong side of a platoon with Derek Norris at some point in 2014.
Vogt made multiple brief trips to the majors with the Rays in 2012 and in 25 at-bats, did not log a hit. Contrary to that streak, he has actually hit quite well in the minor leagues. At Triple-A Durham he hit .272/.350/.424 with nine home runs and 43 RBI in 94 games. This is coming off a season in 2011 in which he was named the Rays' Minor League Player of the Year when he hit 17 home runs with 105 RBI. The Rays have quite a bit of uncertainty at the catcher position, but Vogt is a ways down the organizational depth chart. He should see some time in the big leagues but most likely will again bounce between Tampa Bay and Durham in 2013.
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Smacks two-run homer
CSan Francisco Giants  
September 18, 2019
Vogt went 1-for-3 with a walk, four RBI and two runs scored Wednesday against the Red Sox.
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Drives in four against Pirates
CSan Francisco Giants  
September 10, 2019
Vogt went 2-for-4 with a home run, two runs scored and four RBI in the Giants' 5-4 win over the Pirates on Tuesday.
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Provides rare stolen base
CSan Francisco Giants  
September 7, 2019
Vogt went 2-for-4 with a stolen base in Saturday's 1-0 win over the Dodgers.
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Rips three-run homer
CSan Francisco Giants  
August 24, 2019
Vogt went 1-for-5 with a three-run homer in Saturday's 10-5 win over the Athletics.
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Hits seventh homer
CSan Francisco Giants  
August 21, 2019
Vogt went 2-for-5 with a two-run home run and another RBI in Wednesday's loss to the Cubs.
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