Vogt especially is tearing it up. I have to believe either one of these guys could have hit better than at least Jose Lobaton (who has no business coming anywhere near being an everyday catcher) or Ryan Roberts. Personally, I've always felt that Lobaton was a placeholder until someone like Vogt or Chirinos was ready, but apparently the organization feels differently. I get that both have their question marks behind the plate, that it's a small sample size, Chirinos is coming off a major concussion and has limited experience at catcher, and that Vogt was 0-28 in his time up last year. I also get that Jose Lobaton is not the everyday catcher, was out of options and his strengths are primarily defensive, but I was under the impression that Molina's strengths were defensive as well. So why have catchers with the same strength?
But when the hitting is this bad, my eyes just can't help but wander to what we let go of. Virtually all of Vogt's minor league career indicates that he can hit, so I would naturally assume that his 0-28 streak would actually be more of an aberration than an indicator of his talent level at the majors.
I know there's a process, and patience is key. More than likely the Rays will rebound at some point and Friedman will have proved himself a genius yet again. But I can't help but question letting go of these guys for what will probably be spare parts (but I could be wrong) and in the process depleting depth at a position that the organization already is lacking in, particularly at the upper levels. Wasn't Chirinos a must have in the Garza deal at one point? Did the concussion really set him back that badly?
It's easy to criticize when things aren't going well. And I don't pretend to be an expert. I'm just a set of amateur eyes calling it like I see it.