Monday, Aug. 12 will go down as a special day in Dan Vogelbach's heart.
The ultra-competitive Cubs first base prospect played a part in the Kane County Cougars' 4-3 walk-off victory over the Cedar Rapids Kernels -- owners of the best record in the Midwest League -- and then was promptly promoted to High-A Daytona.
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Following a slow start to the season, Vogelbach, the Cubs' second-round draft pick in 2011, flipped a switch in July, hitting .330 with a .917 OPS on the month. After posting a line of .284/.364/.450 with 17 homers and 71 RBI in 114 games with the Cougars, the 6-foot, 250-pound slugger continued his hot hitting in his first eight games in Daytona with a .296 average, .922 OPS and two homers.
Despite the Cougars' thrilling victory on Vogelbach's last day, Kane County has struggled through the worst second-half record in the league. In Daytona, Vogelbach gets a taste of a playoff race and has been paired with 2013 first-round pick Kris Bryant in the lineup and reunited with pitcher Pierce Johnson, who started the season in Kane County.
The Cubs believe the high stacks of postseason play will help speed up Vogelbach's development.
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"It's good anytime you get to go up," the 20-year-old lefty said. "But, it's even better when you get to go up to a team that's competing for a playoff spot and get a chance to win a ring and do whatever I can to help them out.
"From the time I stepped foot in Kane County until now, I'm so much better of a player. And quite frankly, I think I'm a better person."