One day Stephen Vogt was preparing for a seventh season in the minor-league system of the Tampa Bay Rays, the organization that drafted him in 2007. The next he was traded to the Oakland A's for cash considerations or a player to be named later. Two days after that, on April 7, he debuted for the Triple-A River Cats.
Since then Vogt, the 28-year-old catcher, has done little else but hit, recording multiple hits in 10 of the first 14 games he played for Sacramento and entering Thursday's game against Salt Lake batting .492, the highest average in the Pacific Coast League.
Vogt, a career .299 hitter in the minors before this year, attributed his start in part to an emphasis this winter on his timing at the plate -- rather than swing mechanics -- after a mini "epiphany" in the second half of last season.