Vogelbach among minor leagues’ best first basemen

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(Photo by Aldrin Capulong/Daytona Cubs)

As MLB.com continues its positional top 10 prospect lists, the Cubs have another young player getting press. On Friday, the 2015 Prospect Watch unveiled its top minor league first basemen, with slugger Dan Vogelbach slotting in at No. 8. The big 2011 second-round pick has long been known as a deep-ball threat. Here’s some of what MLB.com had to say about Vogelbach:

Bryce Harper made a name for himself when he slammed a 502-foot home run at the 2009 Power Showcase, a high school homer run derby, and Vogelbach topped him the next year with a 508-foot blast. … Vogelbach is more than just a one-dimensional masher, however. He controls the strike zone, makes consistent contact and uses the entire field, so he should hit for a solid average while providing plus power. He has yet to fully tap into his pop, though he’s also still just 22.

There are two obstacles to him becoming a regular for the Cubs: All-Star Anthony Rizzo and persistent questions about whether Vogelbach has enough athleticism to be more than a DH.

Vogelbach spent the entire 2014 season at High-A Daytona with mixed results. He batted .268/.357/.429 (AVG/OBP/SLG) compiling a solid 66 walks and 28 doubles and driving in 76 runs. That said, he also only hit 16 home runs and his .787 OPS left something to be desired, especially given that power is by far his most prominent tool. Known as a slow starter, his production picked up as the season progressed. His 2015 could be an important year, especially if he gets an extended opportunity at Double-A Tennessee.

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Take me out to the ballgame, Mr. Cub!

A Chicago Cubs-Fan Prayer!

In nomine patri et fili spiritu of Ron Santo

Let us all give thanks for Ernie Banks!

“Let us play”,,,,,TWO!

Our Father, who art in Wrigley Field Hallowed be thy name on those ivy covered Brick-house walls

Thy new stadium will come, the owners will be done

On earth, as it is in heaven to sit in the sun with the bleacher-bums

Give us this day our daily dread, but remove those lights that some say offend

And forgive us our trespasses for trading our best hitters and aces

As we forgive those same players who then come back, and rub it in our faces

Lead us not, into tenth inning disgraces, and worst of all, with men left on bases

Deliver us from evil and finishing in last place

And Caray us on to win the pennant race

All’s we’re ask ‘in for is a couple a more runs with three men on base

Bring us oh Lord a world series trophy, or it won’t be long before were all dopey!

Our faith be rich, but our pockets are poor, because most of us can’t afford a dog or a couple a beers in here!

Our spirit lives on and we know no fear, so whaddya say we lose the, “wait till next year”!

Mr. Cub is rounding third and headed for home, one more time on this hallowed ground, but we still need a closer for a Cubs World Series win!

Ronny made the call from the sky-box up above “send in the saver, Ernie can’t do it all”!

Now the “LORD’s” in the line-up, and Mr. Cub just handed him the ball!

Let us all give thanks for Ernie Banks! AMEN!

By: Tim Collins

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