We continue on today with our new series slated to run through the next several months of the offseason, taking a look back at each of the 50 players who suited up for the Milwaukee Brewers during the 2017 season. We’ll recap their 2017 campaign with an eye looking forward to 2018 as well, as we remember an unexpected and exciting 2017 season at Miller Park.
STEPHEN VOGT – C
THE NUMBERS: Vogt saw action in 45 games with the Brewers after joining Milwaukee in June. He hit .254 with seven doubles and eight home runs in 122 at-bats, driving in 20 runs while scoring 13.
SEASON REVIEW: Vogt began the 2017 season with the Oakland Athletics, where he hit .217 with four home runs in 54 games. He was designated for assignment on June 22nd and claimed off waivers by Milwaukee a few days later. He belted a pair of home runs in just his third game with the team and provided good depth behind starter Manny Pina, before suffering a knee injury in July that knocked him out of action for a month.
Vogt re-joined the Brewers in mid-August and his .385 over nine games that month. After an injury to Pina late in the season, Vogt received the bulk of the starts in September, appearing in 24 games and hitting .206 with three home runs. Known more for his offense, Vogt has plus power from the catcher position and is serviceable behind the plate, throwing out 29% of opposing base runners during his six big league seasons.
GAME OF THE YEAR: It didn’t take long for Vogt to make an impression on his new team, as he quickly became a fan favorite in just his third game with the Brewers. Making the start behind the plate against the Miami Marlins on June 30th, Vogt blasted a pair of home runs and knocked in all three runs as the Brewers topped the Marlins by a score of 3-2.
OVERALL GRADE: C
OUTLOOK FOR 2018: Vogt provides the Brewers with good depth behind Manny Pina and though he’s arbitration eligible in 2018, it shouldn’t cost a ton of money for the Brewers to retain him. MLB Trade Rumors estimates his 2018 salary at $3.9 million, a figure that Milwaukee can certainly afford if they wish to keep his bat and leadership on their roster for another year.