Batting Fourth: DH Daniel Vogelbach
In the perfect, ideal situation in 2021, there will be a DH spot. The debate on whether or not there should be a DH is not the point. Most teams expect this to happen, the players want it to happen, and a lot of NL teams after having the DH in 2020 want it to happen as well.
The Brewers agreed to a contract with Daniel Vogelbach and have stated in the past that they view Vogelbach as a DH going forward.
After being claimed off waivers late in the 2020 season, Vogelbach hit .328/.418/.569 with four home runs in 67 plate appearances. He walked eight times and struck out 18 times.
Previously in his career, Vogelbach hasn’t been able to put out numbers like that over a whole season and there is likely to be some regression to the mean for Vogey. For most of his career, Vogelbach’s batting average has hovered just above the .200 mark.
Although after coming over to the Brewers, Vogelbach did mention that he made some adjustments and did some things that he didn’t do in previous seasons that improved his contact ability. Perhaps those adjustments will be able to carry over into 2021 and raise his level of play over a statistically significant sample size.
It’s difficult to draw much of a conclusion from what Vogelbach did over 67 plate appearances, but if he feels he’s doing things differently than before and has improved his hitting ability, then he deserves the opportunity to prove it over a full season in 2021.
He seems like the prime candidate for the cleanup spot for the Brewers given his power ability. In 2019, he hit 30 home runs for the Mariners. You can never have enough 30 home runs per season hitters in your lineup if you’re the Milwaukee Brewers.
A middle of the Brewers lineup with Yelich, Hiura, and then Vogelbach has loads of power potential and the ability to explode for runs at any moment.