Vogt Recalled, Straily Sent Down
This move is just taking advantage of some scheduling quirks. With the A’s catching corps banged up and without the need for a fifth starter until the 5th of July, the club called up Stephen Vogt from Sacramento while sending Dan Straily back down to the farm. Straily has been mixed this season with a 5.00 ERA in 66 2/3 innings of 7.2 K/9, 2.7 BB/9 and 0.8 HR/9 baseball. His FIP at 3.71 is a lot healthier, but his 4.19 SIERA and 4.42 xFIP make him look a little less impressive than that number would suggest. Basically, I don’t know what to make of him this year and the advanced metrics don’t either. Score one for Joe Morgan?
Regardless this move is purely due to the quirks of the schedule the next few days and Straily is not being punished though Vogt may be getting rewarded for his solid campaign in Sacramento. Vogt has hit .325/.393/.541 this year in the pitcher-friendly PCL, though his .407 wOBA and 141 wRC+ show that even there these numbers are electric. In his 262 trips to the plate he has nine home runs, and has been taking walks 10.7% of the time, striking out just 12.6% of the time he goes out there. He does have a healthy .344 BABIP but that seems to be a quality he has carried throughout his MiLB career. He comes to Oakland seeking his first MLB hit as he has gone to the plate 27 times and has just two walks to show for his troubles. Erasing an 0-for-25 would be nice, though it should be noted that wasn’t in one big spell but rather in limtied and sporadic play with the Rays.