He’s familiar with two Braves pitchers in Will Smith and Jesse Chavez, both of whom he’s worked with in the past. Despite the bullpen’s recent performance, Vogt has confidence in a group he feels has tantalizing talent.
“They have so much stuff in that bullpen,” Vogt said. “We have guys who come in with electric stuff. I know they’ve been struggling 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 that. I’m not worried about them. They’ll get it rolling. I’m just excited to work with a group of pitchers who have this kind of stuff. It’s really, really exciting for me as a catcher and I know they’re going to help us win a lot of ballgames.”
The Braves are patching together the catcher spot until d’Arnaud’s anticipated August return. The team has used seven backstops this season: d’Arnaud, Alex Jackson, William Contreras, Jeff Mathis, Kevan Smith, Lucroy and now the well-traveled Vogt. The Braves are Vogt’s sixth stop in nine seasons following the Rays, A’s, Brewers, Giants and Diamondbacks. He was a two-time All-Star with Oakland.
While Vogt’s overall offensive production won’t impress, he was playing well this month before the trade. Vogt was 5-for-17 (.294) with a homer in six games. He added the three-hit effort Sunday, his sixth multi-hit game of the season.
“I’m excited to get a fresh start,” he said. “I’m excited to hit the pause button and reset a bit. My numbers haven’t been where I want them. I pride myself on having good at-bats and hitting the ball hard, which I have been doing, but I haven’t been getting a ton of results. It was nice to come out (Sunday), get a few hits and get some results because that’s why we’re here. I feel good. My swing feels good. I’m excited to come in here and contribute any way I can, be part of a winning team.”