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Vogt Takes Big-League Step

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Stephen Vogt was promoted to the Tampa Bay Rays' major league 40-man roster on Nov. 18.

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November 25, 2011
Chris Baker

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla.-- It’s been a busy year for Azusa Pacific alum Stephen Vogt, but after getting added to the Tampa Bay Rays' 40-man roster, he isn't complaining. In 2011 Vogt’s wife Alyssa gave birth to their first child while Vogt was collecting his organizations' minor league player of the year award in St. Petersburg after the four-time All-GSAC performer put together an outstanding campaign between the Double-A and Triple-A levels.

The Rays, who have advanced to the MLB playoffs in three of the last four years (including a trip to the 2008 World Series) and have been called the best run organization in sports, moved Vogt to the Major League roster after his standout 2011 season.

The catcher/utility man hit 17 home runs this year, combining for a .298 average and 105 RBIs (4th best in Rays’ history) at the two highest levels of minor league ball. His performance made it a priority for the team to protect Vogt from getting picked up by another organization in next month's Rule-5 draft at the annual MLB winter meetings in December.

Right handed pitchers Alex Colome and Wilking Rodriguez also joined Vogt as additions to the Rays' 40-man roster.