News: 3 days agoVogelbach attended Saturday's summer camp session after not being present for Friday's opening day, Shannon Drayer of 710 ESPN Seattle reports.
Spin: The reason for Vogelbach's absence Friday wasn't officially disclosed, but there appears to be no health-related concerns considering he was present and accounted for a day later. The burly slugger will look to regain the momentum he'd built up during Cactus League play, when he hit .321 (9-for-28), during the current ramp-up to Opening Day.
ESPN Fantasy Projection: After receiving only sporadic playing time over the previous three campaigns, Vogelbach seized hold of the available opportunities on the rebuilding Mariners last season, finishing the year with a lopsided but respectable .208/.341/.439 slash line (111 wRC+) and 30 homers. That low batting average can't be blamed on contact issues, as his 26.7 K% wasn't all that high for a slugger, but instead on his .232 BABIP. If that number gets closer to league average (.298) Vogelbach could produce a respectable batting average to go along with decent power, but his complete lack of speed and his fly-ball profile mean a low BABIP is to be expected. Still, Vogelbach should hit enough homers to offset his low average again this season, and he can now focus exclusively on hitting as the DH with Evan White at first base.