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Cubs Minor League Daily: Vogelbach’s Other Dimension

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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.

Author: Luke Blaize

Luke Blaize is the Minor League Editor at Bleacher Nation, and you can find him on Twitter at @ltblaize.