Milwaukee Brewers catcher Stephen Vogt has not yet played a game for the big league club this year. He has been with the Biloxi Shuckers in Double-A on rehab assignment for the past few days. The Brewers expected Vogt to come back soon. On Saturday Vogt left the game in the sixth inning after airmailing a throw to a base.
Stephen Vogt was a very valuable pickup for the Milwaukee Brewers last season. With Manny Pina suffering through minor injuries and Jett Bandy struggling, Vogt’s presences has been missed this season. It looks like the Brewers will have to continue to be without Vogt for an extended period of time.
How does the Brewers catching situation look?
All of the catchers on the roster have been up and down at different points this season. Pina had a DL stint and has struggled at the plate sometimes, but has also hit very well at times. Bandy has generally struggled offensively. He is not the same defensive talent that Pina is, but he has had his moments for the Milwaukee Brewers this year.
Prospect Jacob Nottingham also got his chance with the big league club. He came up and caught a few games, but didn’t really get a full chance at starting everyday even with Pina hurt. He may be someone they to again in the near future if needed.
What does Vogt bring to the table?
Stephen Vogt proviedes a capable bat from the left side of the plate and offers veteran experience. Having the option of another left-handed bat in the lineup against a right-handed pitcher is valuable. Also, in big spots, the Milwaukee Brewers can count on Vogt’s veteran leadership on the field and in the clubhouse.
The Milwaukee Brewers have had to work through many injuries so far this season. It looks like Vogt’s is going to be longer than originally anticipated. It is disappointing for the team. Vogt worked hard this off season to try and fix his offensive problems from last year. However, having Pina back is huge, and Bandy is serviceable for one or two games a week until Vogt is able.