Friday, July 22, 2022

Mets Acquire Daniel Vogelbach From Pirates

Daniel Vogelbach. @Mets Twitter.

The Mets returned to Citi Field on Friday night for their first game after the All-Star Break against the San Diego Padres, and their General Manager Billy Eppler got a head start on the All-Star Break by acquiring infielder Daniel Vogelbach from the Pittsburgh Pirates for right-handed pitcher Colin Holderman.

Vogelbach, 29, is in his seventh season in the Major Leagues, after debuting with the Seattle Mariners and playing there into the 2020 season, when he was traded to the Toronto Blue Jays and Milwaukee Brewers. He joined the Pirates before the 2021 season.

This season, the left-handed power hitter is batting .228 with 12 home runs and 34 RBI. He has an on-base percentage of .338 because he has walked 40 times, and he has a slugging percentage of .430. His 11 home runs as a designated hitter are tied for the second-most in the National League behind Bryce Harper.

Among the 178 batters with at least 200 plate appearances against right-handed pitchers this season, his 149 wRC+ is tied for 15th in the Major Leagues. 

Vogelbach has an .817 career OPS against righties and 55 of his 61 career home runs have come against right-handed pitching.

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