Cubs take big, powerful 1st baseman Dan Vogelbach with 2nd pick

Dan Vogelbach isn't going to impress you with athleticism, but that doesn't mean he isn't an exciting player.  A first baseman out of Bishop Verot High School in Fort Myers, Florida, he's 6'1" and around 250 lbs and as you may expect, he has big-time power.  Baseball America called him one of the best left-handed power hitters in the draft.  He has an advanced approach at the plate and should be a good hitter for average but it's his power that stands out.  He hit 17 homers in just 32 games -- and they're not cheap high school homers.  He hit a jaw dropping 508 ft. home run in a showcase event for scouts.

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Vogelbach is a big man with big power. Weight concerns kept him from getting drafted higher.

The concern is his fitness as he had once gotten himself up to 280 lbs.  He has learned how to take care of himself better and has lost significant weight -- some reports have him down to around 240 lbs.  That's an encouraging sign that he is mindful of his weight and made the effort.  With a professional nutrition program he'll likely get from a major league program, the hope is that he can develop a healthier regimen.

There were some people who thought Vogelbach could have gone in the late first round, particularly to his hometown Rays, who had shown some interest with one of their multiple picks but most thought he'd be taken in the first 2-3 rounds. 

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  • He is one big dude....Greg Luzinski-ish if you ask me .

  • In reply to rodeosteve:

    Not a bad comp. He's one big hombre, country strong...read that everyone was raving about Bryan Harper's home run in the same exhibition last year, but Vogelbach topped it.

  • In reply to rodeosteve:

    The more I think about it, though...I'm thinking Prince Fielder. Lefty, huge, weight issues, and prodigious power. When I was watching video on him, it looked like he was swinging a wiffle bat.

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