Oly transplant Stephen Vogt called up to Oakland A’s
The Oakland A’s called up catcher Stephen Vogt from triple-A Sacramento on Tuesday. Vogt, 28, is from Visalia, California originally but winters in Olympia and works with the Sandberg Baseball Club in the off season. The A’s needed an extra catcher with John Jaso nursing an injury and Derek Norris struggling and could afford to send down their fifth starter, Dan Straily, for a spell.
Vogt was in the lineup on Tuesday night and again this afternoon catching A.J. Griffin’s two hit complete game shutout in Oakland’s 5-0 win over Cincinnati today. Vogt went 0-for-3 in his A’s debut on Tuesday but collected his first Major League RBI with a sacrifice fly. He went 0-for-3 today and is still looking for his first Major League hit after going 0-for-25 in his cup of coffee with the Tampa Bay Rays last season. He was traded to the Oakland organization before the season started and got off to a hot start with Sacramento hitting .325 with nine homers and 43 RBIs
Vogt’s wife, Alyssa Vogt (formerly Ferdaszewski), was a basketball star at Capital High School and an assistant basketball coach for the Evergreen women’s basketball team. The two met at Azusa Pacific University where she was a 1,000 point scorer between 2004-2007 and Vogt was a two-time NAIA All-American. They have one child, 1 1/2 year-old Payton.
A couple tweets of congratulation for Stephen Vogt…
Congrats to @SVogt1229 for the call up to the A’s. Do work.
— Sandberg Baseball (@Sandbergbbclub) June 25, 2013
— Jared Sandberg (@jlsofoly) June 26, 2013
— Charlotte StoneCrabs (@StoneCrabs) June 25, 2013
Congrats to @SVogt1229. Cliche, but great player/better person could not be more true! P.S. it’s pronounced VOTE.
— River Cats PR (@RiverCats_PR) June 25, 2013
“Vogt is a tremendously popular player with just about everyone who’s come in contact with him,” A’s beat writer Susan Slusser wrote in her blog post for the San Francisco Chronicle. “I got a bunch of emails from media and PR people who know him raving about what a good guy he is…’He’s awesome,’ Jaso, who played with him in the Tampa organization, confirmed. ‘One of the best.'”
UPDATE: Vogt got the first hit of his Major League career, a solo home run in the bottom of the fourth inning to put the A’s on top 4-0 in their 6-1 win over the St. Louis Cardinals.