Vogelbach, DeFratus earn recognition for week's play

Tacoma 1B clubs MiLB-best nine extra-base hits; Oklahoma City righty hurls nine-inning complete game shutout

Photo Credits: Jeff Halstead/Tacoma Rainiers (left), Oklahoma City Dodgers (right)

By Pacific Coast League | May 14, 2018 2:08 PM

ROUND ROCK, Texas - The Pacific Coast League announced that Tacoma Rainiers first baseman Daniel Vogelbach and Oklahoma City Dodgers right-hander Justin DeFratus have been selected as the Player and Pitcher of the Week for the period of May 7-13, 2018.

Vogelbach posted Minor League Baseball-bests with nine extra-base hits and 31 total bases, hitting .429 (12-for-28) with eight RBI in eight games for the Rainiers. He also led the PCL with nine runs scored, while his five home runs tied for tops in the League. Vogelbach reached base safely in 19-of-35 plate appearances (.543 on-base percentage) and slugged 1.107, for a PCL-best OPS of 1.650.

The Florida native, who scored a run in all eight contests during the week, got on base five times (two hits, three walks) in a May 7 win at Reno. Three days later, he contributed a home run and two RBI, finishing a triple shy of the cycle, against the Chihuahuas. Vogelbach finished the period with four home runs over a three-game stretch, including three in a doubleheader on May 13 against the River Cats. The second of those games, Vogelbach went deep twice, with the latter being a tying two-run shot in the final regulation inning.

Video: Daniel Vogelbach goes yard

Vogelbach, who began the season with Seattle, making his first Major League Opening Day roster, has posted a 1.238 OPS with eight homers and 14 RBI in 18 games since getting optioned on April 26. The 25-year-old has been a PCL mid-season All-Star in each of his first two seasons in Triple-A. Vogelbach has hit .292 (285-for-975) with 45 home runs and 189 RBI in his PCL career, spending the first of those campaigns with Iowa. Vogelbach was acquired in a four-player trade from Chicago in July 2016. He made his Major League debut in 2016 and has clubbed a pair of homers in 43 games at that level. This is his fourth career Player of the Week award and second in the PCL. He previously won as a member of the I-Cubs for the period of May 9-15, 2016.

DeFratus hurled the PCL's first nine-inning complete game shutout of the season, doing so in an efficient 89-pitch effort on May 11 against Memphis. He retired 16 of the first 17 hitters he faced and 26-of-31 in total, getting 12 groundball outs. DeFratus scattered four hits, didn't walk a batter and had three strikeouts. DeFratus' gem was the first nine-inning shutout by an Oklahoma City pitcher since Jake Buchanan on May 20, 2014 and the first one at home since August 14, 2009, when Luis Mendoza threw a no-hitter against Salt Lake.

Video: Dodgers' DeFratus completes the job

The 30-year-old is in his first year in the Dodgers organization after inking a minors deal with Los Angeles in the off-season. He began the year with Double-A Tulsa, making two starts for the Drillers; in those outings, he worked 11.1 innings, not allowing an earned run. DeFratus' efforts earned him the Texas League Pitcher of the Week - the only other time in his career he's been honored with a weekly award. Since joining the Dodgers, he has gone 2-1 with a 2.76 ERA (32.2 IP, 10 ER), four walks and 14 strikeouts. Oklahoma City is his third PCL team in his 11-year career, having also played for Tacoma and Round Rock in 2016. He has made 191 career Major League appearances, all with the Phillies, which whom he began he career.

This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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