Talk about your welcomed change of scenery. Stephen Vogt certainly has found himself in a better spot, with the former Central Valley Christian High standout slugging along for Oakland’s Triple-A affiliate in Sacramento.
The 28-year Vogt was traded to the Athletics on April 5 by the Tampa Bay Rays, who selected him in the 12th round of the 2007 amateur draft out of Azusa Pacific.
All he’s done for Sacramento is go 11 for his first 21, with two homers and six RBIs. No, he won’t finish at .545 but he has hit pretty much everywhere during his seven seasons in the minors.
His bio on minorleaguebaseball.com includes his Florida State League batting title (.345 for Charlotte in 2010), and he hit .272 with nine homers in 349 at-bats a year ago for Triple-A Durham.
Vogt is a .301 hitter in 1,915 career minor league at-bats.
All of which makes his 0 for 25 in the majors last year with Tampa Bay that much harder to understand.
Sacramento visits Fresno for the first time beginning April 29, a Monday game that opens a four-game series with the Grizzlies at Chukchansi Park.