One of the players that showed the most with his bat this week was first baseman Dan Vogelbach from Bishop Verot High in Fort Myers. Over his 12 at-bats on the week, the 6-foot-1, 240-pound lefthanded hitter hit .500/.571/.750 with one of the event's two home runs. Vogelbach has good power, but also showed some pure hitting ability and only struck out once.
Vogelbach said he was seeing the ball well this week.
"I'm just trying to square everything up and be aggressive and prove I belong out here with all the best players," Vogelbach said. "I just look for that pitch I can drive and hit it hard and hopefully good things will happen with it."
Vogelbach is a big kid, but actually had three stolen bases during the week. He moves well for a player his size, running the 60-yard dash in 7.28 seconds.
"I take a lot of pride in people not thinking the big man can move," Vogelbach said. "I've worked really hard at it and I think people know that I'm a little threat now."
In Saturday's game, Vogelbach said the stolen base was something he did on his own.
"Sometimes I get on and the pitcher just gives me one look," Vogelbach said. "They don't even bother with me, so I just take advantage of it and try to swipe the bag."
USA Baseball will be releasing the 36-player 18U Trials roster later today.
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