vogelbach amayaThat incredible speedster known as Dan Vogelbach has stolen yet another base. He’s up to four now. That means he is stealing a base in about 4% of the times in which he reaches base. If he manages to reach the majors and maintain that stolen base success rate once he gets there, he has a chance to finish his career with over one hundred steals.

Yes, that is a hugely optimistic set of career assumptions for a guy who is still in Low-A, but let’s go with it for now.

What are we going to call those steals? His home runs have already been branded Vogelbombs (with good reason). Do his steals become Vogelbags? Vogelheists? Do we borrow from the French and brand them Vogelvols?

Maybe the best answer is to look at it from the point of view of the other team. Hopefully one day in Wrigley we will see Vogelbarrassment counters appearing in the stands. After all, it can’t feel too good to be part of the battery that just allowed a 250 lb first baseman to swipe one.

Scores From Yesterday

Iowa – Well, being one hit is better than being no hit, I suppose. Iowa lost 7-0.
Tennessee – It took 14 innings, and the Smokies did not score in 10 consecutive of them, but it was Tennessee that walked away with the 7-6 win.
Daytona – The Cubs scored four times in the fourth, and that was enough. They won 5-2.
Kane County – Despite scoring in each of the last four innings, the Cougars could not get back in this game. They lost 9-5.
Boise – Boise was rained out.
Arizona – The Cubs gave up all kinds of runs and lost 14-4.

Performances of Note

  • [Iowa] The Cubs single hit went to Jae-Hoon Ha.
  • [Iowa] The bullpen actually pitched pretty well in this game. Casey Coleman was stretched out to 4.1 innings and gave up just one run on three hits while striking out four. Eduardo Sanchez and Marcus Hatley finished the final three innings in hitless fashion.
  • [Tennessee] Matt Szczur finished the marathon 3 for 6 with a walk and a double. He also stole his 17th base.
  • [Tennessee] Third baseman Christian Villanueva picked up his 7th home run. It was his only hit on the night.
  • [Tennessee] After Frank Batista blew the save, Kevin Rhoderick and Hunter Cervenka combined to throw four scoreless innings to keep the game going. They allowed no hits in that period and combined to strike out six.
  • [Daytona] Matt Loosen pitched a very good game for Daytona. The right hander struck out eight over seven innings, giving up a lone run on a walk and a hit. Carlos Gutierrez finished the game.
  • [Daytona] Pin-Chieh Chen is doing well so far in Daytona. He singled twice in walked in this game, and also stole two more bases.
  • [Daytona] The two hit night of Wes Darvill included his first triple of the season.
  • [Kane County] Albert Almora doubled twice in five at bats.
  • [Kane County] As mentioned in the intro, Dan Vogelbach indeed stole his fourth base.
  • [Arizona] The only AZL Cub pitcher who did not give up a run in this game was David Villegas who pitched to just one batter.
  • [Arizona] The only multi-hit game in the desert came from Erick Castillo, a switch hitting catcher the Cubs signed out of Venezuela.

Other News

  • The winning run in the Smokies game scored when Ronald Torreyes scored from first on a double by Szczur. That is not the first time this season that Torreyes has shown more speed and base running acumen than I expected. He has a fight on his hands to beat out Logan Watkins, Arismendy Alcantara, and Darwin Barney for the second base position, but do not count him out just yet.
  • Almora has crossed the 100 PA line, and his numbers are solid across the board. His 15.4% strike out rate and .405 wOBA both suggest he could be candidate to move on to Daytona a little later this summer. If John Andreoli finally gets his promotion to Tennessee one of these days, Almora could be the guy that replaces him in the Daytona line up as well as in center field.
  • On The Farm

    So we just call him Vogelbeast?

    • cubmig

      I say call them Vogelitches………that he scratches….and GOOD!

  • Ron

    Alot of people are down on Szczur but what more can he do? Luke how many years do you think he is behind his peers in the age relative to experience because of football?

    • 5412


      I thought he looked good in ST. It will be fun to see how we’ll he does.



    • willis

      Yeah he’s having a damn fine season for his first full season in AA. Granted he’s a touch old but I like what I’ve been seeing from him.

  • sven-erik312

    Don’t rush the kids!

    • Die hard

      Wrong -/- give them a taste of MLB pitching and hitters so can learn what must be done to stick and then go back down to work on it— that was mistake made with Castro thinking its a snap and now he’s lost

      • MichiganGoat

        So let me make sure I can translate the die hardian to English here:

        Bring up kids as soon as possible so that they can get a taste of failure, struggle, and lose confidence. Then send them back to the minors so that can work on hitting against inferior pitching. Then bring them back and keep the carousel running. The whole time during this “development” allow their arbitration clock to tick, let them take up a 25/40 man roster spot, and that will result in a successful player?

        Geez I wonder why NO TEAM handles prospects like this?

        Only in Die Hardian Land folks only in Die Hardian Land.

        • Dynastyin2017

          The Marlins do!

        • DarthHater

          It’s a shame Google Translate doesn’t have a function for jackassperanto.

      • http://www.bleachernation.com Luke

        That’s what September is for die hard.

  • Feeney

    Watching the Cubs future develop is fun. Most mornings I just scroll down to read about Kane County then go back to catch up on the other teams!!

  • Jp3

    That was my guess on Almora’s bump. Once Andreolli and Soler move up, or just Andreolli at this point seeing who knows how much longer soler’s leg is keeping him out, Almora could jump to Daytona. Not going to lie, that could be pretty awesome to see Baez, Soler, and Almora in the same lineup in Daytona with Bryant possibly joining them for a brief period.

    • Tim

      That would indeed be freakin awesome

    • ssckelley

      Neat idea, imagine all 4 of our top 50 prospects in the same lineup. It would be even more fun to see it at the mlb level, but that is a dream. We will be lucky to see 2 of them become every day mlb players.

      • hansman1982

        Nonsense, since Theo drafted three of them, clearly three of them are going to be MVPs!

        One can dream on a 2016 lineup card though.

  • dumbledoresacubsfan

    I’ll be at the Tennessee game this Friday with a buddy of mine! Looking forward to it!

  • OCCubFan

    Baez didn’t strike out, but committed his 29th error.

  • Stinky Pete

    I like that Vogelbach is stealing bases. No one will ever confuse him with Carl Lewis, but it illustrates that stealing bases is about more than just blazing speed. It’s about reading the situation. The fact that Vogelbach is probably one of the slowest guys in the minors and still stealing bases suggests some advanced baseball iq. Love it.

    • Blublud

      I don’t know that Vogelbach is one of the slowest guys in the minors. In football, you see 250 lb men run 4.5/4.6 sec 40 times pretty often. I’m not saying Vogs is that fast, but to assume he is slow just because of his size is doing him a disservice. I have seen Vogs in person, the guy is not as immobile as people make him out to be.

      • Stinky Pete

        I will grant you, it is an assumption. And I haven’t ever seen him play live or anything. But do you think those bases where stole with sheer speed or by understanding the situation?

        • Jp3

          Ball to backstop…catcher gets it and couldn’t quite throw him out, or stealing 2nd when someone is on 3rd and the catcher lets him have it… Just kidding, I have no idea the situation but I don’t believe these are straight steals. There is probably a good reason they happened other than his blazing speed.

      • cub2014

        I agree blublud on vogelach, infact I think he ran a
        decent 40 time in HS leading up to the draft and
        he was heavier then. Kruk,Incaviglia,Dunn if you
        can hit there is a place in a good outfield for you.

      • scorecardpaul

        I also have seen him play in person. He was by far the slowest and least mobile person in a uniform on the field that day. I will even include the coaches and umps as in uniform. He looked like a beer league softball player to me

    • Scotti

      Vogelbach is NOT “one of the slowest guys in the minors.” Not even close. He ran a 7.15 60 for Perfect Game. Speed wise that’s a 40 on the 20-80 scouting scale. For reference, Rizzo was around 7.50 and Baez was 6.90.

  • cub2014

    Vogelheists 2010 HS scouting report, from HS
    all star showcase: “surprising straight away
    speed ran 7.15 60yd dash”.

  • Spriggs

    And with that 17th SB of the year for Szczur, he is now at 70% success rate for the year.

  • bobo justis

    In German, vogel = bird and bach = stream or creek.

    If he can fly or is rapid it’s not surprising.

  • DarthHater

    For speed, he’s Vogelmach.

    • ACA

      Well played.

  • Brian

    QC River Bandits put him on the Jumbotron as Vogelmonster, with a picture of Mike W. from Monsters Inc., kids had a laugh.

  • jt

    OK, that got a chuckle…

  • terencemann

    Now if Dan can just focus on getting his OPS up to the .800 mark….

  • Justin

    Is there anymore info on Soler’s injury? It drives me nuts the hush hush nature of the minor leagues and injuries. It’s impossible to find any insight on any injury until weeks after. I was hoping he would be mashing at Tennessee already. Freaking injuries…

  • Mat B

    So, Luke, why is the “Other News” section started with a snippet about Torreyes scoring from first, rather than about Szczur hitting a walkoff double?

  • FastBall

    Well I think the catcher starts laughing when he see’s him take off and accidently throws ball in centerfield. Or the Vogelbeast has a $100 bill changer in the dugout and pays off opposing catchers to let him steal a base.

  • fromthemitten

    When Vogelbach is stealing bases I imagine the scene from Mallrats where Jay screams “FLY FAT ASS FLY!”

  • Mat B

    I’m going to keep banging the drum. Szczur on base 2 more times, 1 more run scored, 2 more RBI.