A's Acquire Catcher Vogt from Tampa Bay
The Oakland A's announced a trade for a minor league catcher on Friday, sending cash or a player to be named later for Rays' backstop Stephen Vogt, who has been optioned to Triple-A Sacramento.
Vogt broke camp on Tampa Bay's roster in 2012 and had three separate stints in the major leagues. He was the organization's minor league player of the year in 2011, after hitting .301/.344/.487 with 13 homers and 85 RBIs in 97 games with Double-A Montgomery before getting the promotion to Triple-A Durham. There, he played in 31 games and saw a significant drop in his on-base numbers, but still managed to hit for enough power for his OPS to remain virtually the same. He also played left field for the Rays.
Vogt notched eight hits in 27 plate appearances this spring in major league camp, a year after the 28-year-old hit .272/.350/.424 with nine homers in 94 contests with the Bulls. Vogt has an 807 OPS in his six minor league seasons after being drafted in the 12th round in 2007 by Tampa Bay.
The left-handed hitter joins a crowded battery in Sacramento, where Luke Montz and David Freitas are currently on the roster. Montz has played the season's first two games at first base, but that could change with the addition of Daric Barton to the roster in the coming days.
In conjunction with the move, the A's designated right-handed reliever Danny Otero for assignment. Otero was a member of the River Cats' bullpen to start the season and appeared in one game, throwing a scoreless inning and allowing a hit.
Other News And Notes
- Michael Ynoa made his full-season debut on Friday, getting the start for the Beloit Snappers. The 6'7'' right-hander allowed a lead-off homer to Minnesota Twins' top prospect Byron Buxton, but then settled down to throw three scoreless innings. His final line was one run allowed on one hit and two walks. He struck-out one. Ynoa will be limited to three or four innings a start for the first part of the season.
- Dakota Bacus is the tandem starter with Ynoa and he had a strong 2013 debut. In five shutout innings, Bacus struck-out nine and walked only one while allowing just two hits. The Snappers would lose a heart-breaker, however, as the Cedar Rapids Kernels scored twice in the bottom of the ninth to defeat the Snappers, 3-2.
- The Stockton Ports moved to 2-0 with a 4-2 win over Bakersfield. Ports' pitchers combined to strike-out 11 and they didn't walk a batter. Blake Hassebrock allowed two runs on three hits in 4.2 innings in his first start of the year. He struck-out five. Jake Brown, T.J. Walz and Jonathan Joseph combined to finish out the game, limiting the Blaze to just one hit. Tony Thompson and Ryan Delgado homered in the win.
- Midland's dominance over the Northwest Arkansas Naturals continues, as the RockHounds defeated the Naturals by a score of 10-3 a day after beating them 11-0. Anthony Aliotti went 4-for-4 with a walk and he is now 6-for-6 with four walks, a homer, two doubles and five RBI in two games. Jeremy Barfield also homered and Chad Oberacker had three RBI and a triple.
- Right-hander Sergio Perez left the Midland game with an undisclosed injury after facing three batters.
- River Cats' OF Shane Peterson is likely to replace Brandon Moss on the A's roster when Moss is placed on the paternity leave list. As of Friday night, Moss' baby had not yet been born, so it was likely that Moss would return to the A's, while Peterson returned to Sacramento until Moss' baby is born.
- RHP Dan Straily had the best major league start of his career on Friday night against the Houston Astros, but he is still being sent back to Sacramento to make room for Bartolo Colon on the A's 25-man roster. Straily went 6.2 innings and he allowed two runs. He struck-out a career-high 11 and walked none. The A's defeated the Astros, 8-3, to move to 3-2 on the year.
Melissa Lockard also contributed to this report.