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Draft Prospect to Watch: Dan Vogelbach

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Dan Vogelbach is not your typical high school prospect as he is 6'1", 280 LBS and is strictly a 1B. He attends Bishop Verot HS in North Fort Myers, Florida. 

Power is an asset for Vogelbach and he presented it last week at Chase Field in Arizona at the 5th Annual Power Showcase. You may have heard of a kid named Bryce Harper who hit a 502 FT home run in the 2009 power showcase at Tropicana Field. Well, Vogelbach hit a ball 508' at Chase Field to set a new Power Showcase record. He hit 30 in total.

His power does come pretty easily, or so it looks, with a well balanced powerful swing from the left side. He has lightning fast wrists to generate enormous power. He's not a one trick pony though. When I saw him run a 60 yard dash, I was shocked. He has average speed, plus for his size, and is a better athlete than you would expect. His defense at 1B is adequate and could get better with some work. His arm is average.

He will be an iteresting follow this spring to see if he can build on his amazing show in Arizona. He is commited to Florida and could make an impact as a Sophomore after Austin Maddox gets drafted in the 2012 draft, if he doesn't sign this season as he is eligible for the 2011 draft.


I don't put a lot of stock in HS statistics but here are his stats from 2009, just for fun:

AB R H RBI 2B 3B HR
BB K Avg OBP SLG
SB CS
89 41 49 39 12 4 9
27 6 0.551 0.655 1.079
8 0