Apropos of almost nothing, these pics of former Cubs prospect Daniel Vogelbach practically screamed at me to create a post in their honor. The big lefty slugger will be leading off at DH against the Cubs Wednesday in Pittsburgh, which is reason enough to celebrate him here for a few moments.
Most Cubs fans will remember him as the player who went to Seattle in return for Mike Montgomery, after which Vogelbach struggled for a few seasons. He broke out in 2019, hitting 30 homers and earning an All-Star nod, but has managed just 15 dingers since. Maybe he can tag one against the Cubs just to rile a few folks up.
I would also like to note here that Vogelbach was Cubs Insider’s first live player interview all the way back in 2014 when he was with the High-A Daytona Cubs. That interview took place the same day Kyle Scwharber was promoted from Kane County, plus Albert Almora Jr. had just hit for the cyle in a D-Cubs win. Ah, the memories.
Anyway, Vogelbach is somehow captivatingly photogenic and I thought these AP pics were cool.