First NY Mets trade deadline addition is for big slugger Daniel Vogelbach

First NY Mets trade deadline addition is for big slugger Daniel Vogelbach

Published July 23, 2022
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With Vogelbach, the Mets fill arguably their biggest hole. They were getting almost no production out of their DH spot and desperately needed to bring in a bat for that spot. Robinson Cano, Dom Smith, and J.D. Davis were all given chances and all failed miserably to hold onto the DH spot.

Vogelbach’s overall slash line doesn’t look great, as he’s slashed .228/.338/.430 with 12 home runs and 34 RBI. However, he’s absolutely mashed against righties, posting a .260/.365/.532 slash line with all 12 of his home runs and 27 of his 34 RBI. His 149 WRC+ against right-handers ranks 15th in all of baseball and ahead of Pete Alonso for the top spot on the Mets roster.

The Mets desperately needed a big bat to put into the middle of their order and they got it. He’s not a big name, but he will provide a huge boost against righties. The Mets will either use J.D. Davis in that spot against lefties or (hopefully) acquire another bat.

Vogelbach provides a ton of power, he hit 30 home runs back in 2019 for the Mariners. He also is a very patient hitter, ranking in the 95th percentile in chase rate and the 97th percentile in walk rate according to baseball savant. Vogelbach also ranks in the 75th percentile in whiff rate.