He knows two Braves pitchers, Will Smith and Jesse Chavez, both of whom he has worked with in the past. Despite the bullpen’s recent performance, Vogt has confidence in a group that he believes has tantalizing talent.
“They’ve got so much going on in this bullpen,” Vogt said. “We have guys who come up with electrical stuff. I know they struggled, but these are pitchers who are really, really good. I’ve faced a lot of them and they’re not fun to face, I’ll tell you. I don’t worry about them. They’re going to roll it around. I’m just excited to be working with a bunch of pitchers who have this stuff. It’s really, really exciting for me as a catcher and I know they’re going to help us win a lot of baseball games.
The Braves mended the position of receiver until the expected return of d’Arnaud in August. The team have used seven backstops this season: d’Arnaud, Alex Jackson, William Contreras, Jeff Mathis, Kevan Smith, Lucroy and now frequent flyer Vogt. The Braves are Vogt’s sixth stoppage in nine seasons after the Rays, As, Brewers, Giants and Diamondbacks. He was twice All-Star with Oakland.
While Vogt’s overall offensive production doesn’t impress, he was playing well this month before the trade. Vogt was 5-for-17 (.294) with a six-game homerun. He added the three-hit effort on Sunday, his sixth multi-hit game of the season.
“I am delighted to make a fresh start,” he said. “Glad to hit the pause button and reset a bit. My numbers are not where I want them. I pride myself on having good beaters and hitting the ball hard, which I did, but didn’t get a ton of results. It was nice to go out (Sunday), get some hits and get some results because that’s why we’re here. I feel good. My swing makes me feel good. I am delighted to come here and contribute in any way I can, to be part of a winning team.