What Does Stephen Vogt Do For Brewers?
Milwaukee Brewers made a little bit of news during their 7-0 victory against Atlanta Braves. They acquired Stephen Vogt off waivers from Oakland A’s. Vogt is struggling this season, but he is a two-time All-Star with no experience in National League. He fills a need with Jett Bandy in a massive slump for June, and another left-handed bat on the roster. The former A’s catcher can also play a little bit of outfield. This is an interesting move by Brewers for a variety of reasons.
The biggest one is you have to wonder how it will affect the pitching staff. Numbers have shown that Manny Pina has done a better job with the pitching staff, but Bandy caught Chase Anderson for the most part this season. Chase is one of the best pitchers on the staff currently, and Bandy is helping out with that. There’s also the part of Bandy being a reason Brewers clubhouse gelled together. One thing people mentioned with Vogt is he’s a GREAT clubhouse guy. Like one of the best in the business which is awesome to hear when bringing in a new player.
I don’t think the addition of one catcher and the subtraction of another one will really affect the team. As Brian Anderson noted a couple times, ‘A change of scenery can do wonders for a guy just like it did for Matt Adams.’ Let’s hope the same sort of thing happens with the new Brewers catcher.