Chicago Cubs 300 lb prospect Daniel Vogelbach slims down, remakes himself


In June of 2011, an 18 year kid named Daniel Vogelbach was selected by the Chicago Cubs in the second round of the MLB amateur draft. The high school first baseman was listed as 5’11″ 285. However, in the pics we saw of him, he looked pretty close to three bills. But we thought hey, Daniel Vogelbach can hit a ton.

The Cubs claimed right after the draft that he dropped 40 pounds off what he was listed on the scouting report I quoted. Vogelbach throws right and bats left. In the video after the jump you’ll see that he has slimmed down to 240ish.

Daniel Vogelbach hit a 508 foot home run at Chase Field in the December power showcase. And he hit an eye popping 17 HRs, 50 RBI in just 32 high school games his final season. Daniel Vogelbach won a lot of awards, and obviously the scouts were very high on him, since he ended up being a second round pick despite the red flag of childhood obesity. He was named by Baseball America as the third-best power hitter among all high school eligible players in the draft.

From the Cubs website:

Daniel Vogelbach, ranked No. 14 among the Cubs’ top prospects, isn’t looking for press clippings, just at-bats. This year, he was kept in extended spring camp then assigned to the Cubs’ Rookie League team in June where he batted .324 with seven home runs, 12 doubles, two triples and 31 RBIs in 24 games. He joined Class A Boise in late July and batted .322 with nine doubles, one triple, 10 home runs and 31 RBIs in 37 games. He posted a .608 slugging percentage and 1.031 OPS at Boise.

In the video below (watch the f-bomb!), you can see that he looks much better. Kudos to him! (editor’s note: this is an update/revision of an original post at the time of the draft. That’s why you seem some harsh comments below. And I was probably too harsh back then. And for that I apologize.) So Daniel Vogelbach is tearing up the low minors, destroying A ball. And for someone drafted right out of high school like he was, expect him to join the Cubs in late 2014, early 2015? Maybe?

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Comments

  1. Bob's Blitz says:

    The Chicago Chubs?

  2. “We’ll see how he fits in to the Cubs 103 year rebuilding plan.”

    Brilliant line.

  3. paulmbanks says:

    @BB hahahaha. well said.

    @H Thanks. I hope you took the time to check out some other stuff on the site, and decide to return visit to TSB in the future

  4. Word is he was letting teams know it would take upwards of $1.7 million to sign him, which is a pretty penny for a second rounder. Based on the hype, it sounds like he’s worth it, though.

  5. dlperfectgame18 says:

    I dont really know how much he weighs right now, I know the official reports is 240. But if a kid can bat for average while also having the most power in the draft, crush bryce harpers records in the power show case for most home runs and for the longest home run, I will take a 5’11 240 lb kid any day. He has everything it will take to be a great hitter someday. Im expecting big things from this kid and I’m glad he is a CUB!

  6. I AM TRULY OFFENDED BY THIS “ARTICLE”. I KNOW THIS KID AND #1 HE IS NOT 300LBS #2 HE IS AN INCREDIBLE ATHLETE WHO HAS VERY QUICK FEET AND RUNS WELL #3 THIS KID WORKS EXTREMELY HARD AT HIS CHOSEN SPORT AND DESERVES EVERY ACCOLDE HE HAS GOTTEN. FOR SOME OBVIOULSY UNINFORMED JACKA** TO PUT SUCH AN ARTICLE IN PRINT ABOUT AN 18 YEAR OLD KID THAT HE OBVIOULSY KNOWS NOTHING ABOUT IS AN ABSOLUTE DISGRACE TO HIS SO CALLED PROFESSION. NEXT TIME DO YOUR HOMEWORK AND GET SOME OF YOUR FACTS STRAIGHT BEFORE PUTTING PEN TO PAPER OR YOUR FOOT IN YOUR BIG FAT MOUTH.

  7. paulmbanks says:

    wow. that’s good stuff right there.

    so angry the poster couldn’t even be bothered to pay attention to avoiding typing mistakes

  8. Peter Christian says:

    I bet my fat ass could still beat Vogelbach’s quick feet in a race. Chill out @jwilk, defending your bf in the comments section of a sports blog won’t help your chance to pick up the groupie scraps he leaves behind (it’s quite clear he doesn’t leave any food scraps behind).

  9. I will gladly take the wrap for typing mistakes anyday over being a so-called professional journalist and composing an article like this about an 18 year old kid. I know the kid and am not a groupie or trying to gain anything from this…. I am simply defending AN 18 YEAR OLD KID as I would hope that any of you would want someone to defend your child had some uninformed “professional” written such things about them. I simply ask that research be done and the facts be gotten correct before such potentially hurtful words are written about a good kid who works very hard at his sport and has a tremendous future ahead of him in baseball and life. True Cubbie fans should be thrilled to have such a kid in the organization.

  10. @Jwilk – Calm down. You are doing more harm then good. The article is actually for the kid, not against him. You seem to be trolling around looking for a fight. If this kid is as good as advertised then when he makes the bigs in a few years you are gonna have your work cut out for you defending him on every sports related website out there when he has an 0-4 outing.

    In other words – STFU and let this kid do what he does best. Hit homeruns and eat twinkies…. and he’s all out of twinkies!

  11. Hate to see the first time this guy comes to Milwaukee. He’ll be chasing down the Racing Sausages during the race. Randall Simon will look like a saint after Danny V. gets done with the Italian Sausage.

  12. paulmbanks says:

    JWilk also sent me a lovely email, that includes this passage:

    “You are the biggest disgrace to the journalistic profession that I have EVER had the displeasure to come across. At the very least a retraction is in order here. The Chicago Cubs and thier true fans should be thrilled to have Daniel Vogelbach in the organization.”

    and many more like that. Hey did you not see the part where I mentioned his impressive stats, and his 500 ft HR?

    Some guy whose agent thinks he can command a nearly $2 mil signing bonus has more important things to deal with than what’s written about him on a sports website.

  13. @JWilk The “leave the kid alone” angle doesn’t really work after he turns pro and seeks a $2M signing bonus. He isn’t in high school anymore. He isn’t even in college. This kid picked real world, and the real world doesn’t care that he’s a new resident. Second, I don’t think Banks is pointing out anything that isn’t powerfully obvious to the senses. What exactly do you think you’re defending him from? Reality?

  14. longest drought in history- cubs says:

    I’ve seen the kid play and worked out with him. The reported 240 lbs is accurate. As anger as the JWilk kid was, he got one thing right. The kid is athletic as shit. Believe it or not he played football and basketball as well. Not to mention hits absolute bombs as well as for average. Look out Cubs nations you might actually win something when he gets to Wrigley. He’s that good.

  15. Look Luck Dan! I saw how you hit and throw. You put your weight into both of them. My guess is your weight slows you down a little but helps you belt homers. I’m afraid if you lose the weight your hitting will become not so good and your throws will become weak. It’s a fine line. Keep working hard. I hope it all pays off and you prove the jealous freaks all wrong.

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