Two prospects in the Cubs system were rewarded Monday for their hot starts to the season.
Dan Vogelbach reached base in each of his first nine games. And he extended his on-base streak to 10 games with his first home run of the season Monday night.
Vogelbach was 15-for-31 with four doubles, three runs scored and three RBI for a .484 average and .579 on-base percentage. Vogelbach ranked third in all of minor league baseball in batting average (.484), second in on-base percentage (.579), first in the Southern League in hits (15), tied for second in the league in doubles (4), walks (4), and total bases (19). Vogelbach’s .613 slugging percentage was good enough for fourth in the Southern League.
The Cubs selected Dan Vogelbach in the second round of the 2011 draft. The 22-year old did not take the steps forward last year in Daytona that was expected. Vogelbach batted .268/.357/.429 in 132 games with 28 doubles, a triple and 16 home runs for a .787 OPS.
In 10 games this year, Vogelbach has hit .457/.548/.657 with four doubles and a home run for a 1.205 OPS.
Cael Brockmeyer spent time behind the plate and at first base over the first 11 games of the season. Brockmeyer led the Midwest League in hits (16), extra-base hits (7) and total bases (25). Brockmeyer is tied for the league lead in doubles (6), tied for second in the league in slugging percentage (.694) and on-base percentage (.524) and is third in the Midwest League in batting average (.444).
The Cubs selected Brockmeyer in the 16th round of the 2013 draft. The 23-year old catcher/first baseman spent last season with Kane County and batted .297/.366/.461 in 77 games with 14 doubles, two triples and eight home runs for a .827 OPS.
In 11 games this year, Brockmeyer is batting .410/.500/.641 with six doubles and one home run for a 1.141 OPS.