On Sunday it was announced that Daniel Vogelbach is set to represent the Seattle Mariners in the 2019 All-Star Game. His consistency, discipline, and display of power at the plate earned him the nod to be the only Mariner represented in Cleveland on July 9th.
This season, he has hit 20 home runs while slashing .244/.379/.519. He currently has the highest on-base plus slugging percentage (OPS) of any American League designated hitter at .898. In addition, he has hit 11 doubles and has knocked in 48 runs while drawing 56 walks–ranking 6th in the Majors.
Coming into the season, Vogey spent most of his professional time in the minor leagues with the Cubs and Mariners. The departure of Nelson Cruz opened up a roster spot for Daniel to compete at a higher level. However, while Ryon Healy was healthy, his time at the plate was split between now Yankee Edwin Encarnacion and current Philly Jay Bruce. Daniel took advantage of the time he played putting on a show of monster home runs. Now that Edwin and Jay have departed, he has notched himself into a full-time starting DH, with a little time at 1B. He’s averaging a home run in every 13 at-bats and a walk every 5.5 plate appearances.
One final piece: The Home Run Derby. MLB needs to extend an invitation to Vogelbomb. Granted, he doesn’t have as many as others, but his ability to not hit cheap blasts needs to be on full exhibition.
The All-Star Game will be July 9th in Cleveland. It will be televised on Fox and their affiliates worldwide.