August 22, 2014; Oakland, CA, USA; Oakland Athletics first baseman Stephen Vogt (21) bats during the eighth inning against the Los Angeles Angels at O.co Coliseum. The Athletics defeated the Angels 5-3. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports
Stephen Vogt – Projected as the opening day starter at catcher, Vogt is expected to assume the larger half of a platoon with Josh Phegley and face right-handed pitching. In 131 games with the A’s Vogt has been solid in not unspectacular. He has hit 13 home runs, driven in 51 runs, scored 44 runs, and triple-slashed .270/ .312/ .421. Steamer projections, courtesy of Fangraphs, say he will come pretty close to that line: 11 HR, 47 R, 49 RBI, .260/ .309/ .406. Those numbers would place him somewhere near 20th among catchers. However, he is not catcher-eligible yet in ESPN leagues, so one must wait a few games into the season for Vogt to even matter. He is unranked at the catcher position and the 39th best first baseman and 401st best player overall. Unless you play in a 16-team league or bigger, a two catcher league, or AL-Only league don’t bother drafting Vogt. He is currently going undrafted in ESPN standard leagues.
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