Bruce Maxwell, infield

A’s place Vogt on family leave, call up Bruce Maxwell (Updated)

A’s catching prospect Bruce Maxwell to get first taste of the big leagues this weekend

Update:

The reason for Vogt’s absence is unfortunately some very sad news. According to A’s beat writer for the San Francisco Chronicle Susan Slusser,  Vogt’s mother, Toni, died Thursday at the young age of 59.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent in her memory to the Visalia Rescue Mission, P.O. Box 109, Visalia, CA 93279; (559) 740-4178.

Original Text:

During spring training, just after the Oakland Athletics had traded catching prospect Jacob Nottingham for slugging left fielder Khris Davis I took stock of the catchers the Athletics had left. It was February and the A’s had catchers Stephen Vogt, Josh Phegley, Bryan Anderson and Carson Blair. There wasn’t even a mention of Bruce Maxwell.

Stephen Vogt, catching
Stephen Vogt. Getty Images.

A few weeks later the A’s had brought in Matt McBride and were taking a closer look at their second round draft pick from 2012, Maxwell, in the event they needed catching depth. With Josh Phegley out on the 15-day disabled list and the A’s announcing Saturday that All-Star catcher Stephen Vogt has been placed on family leave for the next three days, Maxwell has indeed been called up.

He was mentioned recently by the San Francisco Chronicle’s Susan Slusser as a potential second half call-up. I doubt she meant  quite this soon but his numbers with Triple-A Nashville have been very good. He’s put up a 321/.393/.539 slashline in 60 games with the Nashville Sounds. 

Now he’s earned the opportunity to make his MLB debut.  Maxwell is not in Saturday’s starting lineup but that doesn’t mean he won’t get put in at some point tonight and it appears he will be getting his first big league start on Sunday.

Nashville teammate pitcher Jesse Hahn was excited for Maxwell,

Maxwell may not get into tonight’s game but he will have family in the stands tonight according to Slusser,

In early March I wrote about Maxwell making the most of his opportunity in big league camp and it appears that that is exactly what he has been doing. Now he finds himself, if only for three days, officially in the big leagues. We’ll likely be seeing more of him come September.

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