Seattle Mariners Executive Vice President & General Manager of Baseball Operations Jerry Dipoto announced today that the club has acquired first baseman Dan Vogelbach and right-handed pitcher Paul Blackburn from the Chicago Cubs in exchange for left-handed pitcher Mike Montgomery and right-handed pitcher Jordan Pries.
The Mariners 40-man roster remains full.
Vogelbach, 24, has reached base safely in 76 of 89 games, batting .318 (97×305) with 53 runs scored, 18 doubles, 2 triples, 16 home runs, 64 RBI and 55 walks with AAA Iowa this season. The 6-0, 250-pound left-handed first baseman was named to the Triple-A All-Star team and currently leads the PCL in on-base percentage (.425), while also ranking 2nd in walks and OPS (.972), T4th in RBI, T6th in total bases (167), 7th in slugging percentage (.548), T7th in home runs, T8th in extra-base hits (36) and 9th in average.
Vogelbach has already recorded his 4th season with at least 15 home runs and is on pace to pass his career-high in home runs set in 2013 when he hit 19 home runs combined between Kane County and Daytona. He hit his fourth career multi-home run game on May 9, 2016 at Omaha (2×4, 2 R, 2 HR, 4 RBI). Dating back to June 25, Vogelbach has hit safely in 16 of his last 20 games, including 9 multi-hit contests, batting .420 (29×69) with 12 runs scored, 5 doubles, 1 triple, 4 home runs, 15 RBI and 9 walks.
Vogelbach was originally selected by the Chicago Cubs in the 2nd round of the 2011 MLB First-Year Player Draft out of Bishop Verot High School in Fort Myers, FL. Over six seasons in the minor leagues, he is batting .290 (523×1804) with 280 runs scored, 111 doubles, 7 triples, 76 home runs, 323 RBI and 294 walks in 500 career games. He was added to the Cubs 40-man roster on November 20, 2015 after his sixth professional season. Voglebach was a selected to the 2012 Topps/Minor League Base Short-Season All-Star Team, was a member of the 2013 Midwest League All-Star, a 2015 Southern League All-Star and represented the United States in the 2015 Pan American Games in Ajax, Ontario.
Blackburn, 22, was 6-4 with a 3.17 ERA (36 ER, 102.1 IP) with 72 strikeouts in 18 starts for AA Tennessee. He was named Southern League Pitcher of the Week April 24 after allowing zero earned runs in 8.0 innings at Mobile on April 23 and tossing 7.0 shutout frames vs. Montgomery on April 18.
In five minor league seasons in the Cubs organization, he is 26-16 with a 3.21 ERA (134 ER, 375.2 IP) with 261 strikeouts in 82 games, including 78 starts. He’s a two-time mid-season all-star: Kane County (Midwest League) in 2014 and Tennessee (Southern League) in 2016. He was originally drafted by Chicago (NL) in the 1st round (56th overall) of the 2012 MLB First-Year Player Draft out of Heritage High School in Brentwood, CA.
Montgomery, 27, was 3-4 with a 2.34 ERA (16 ER, 61.2 IP) in 32 games, including 2 starts, with Seattle this season. Montgomery began the season in the bullpen, where he was 2-3 with a 2.15 ERA (12 ER, 50.1 IP) with 44 strikeouts in 30 relief appearances. In 2 starts with the Mariners this season, Montgomery was 1-1 with a 3.18 ERA (4 ER, 11.1 IP) with 10 strikeouts.
In two Major League seasons with Seattle, he is 7-10 with a 3.68 ERA (62 ER, 151.2 IP) in 48 career games (18 starts). He was originally drafted by Kansas City in the 1st round (36th overall) in the 2008 MLB First-Year Player Draft, and was acquired by Seattle from Tampa Bay in exchange for RHP Erasmo Ramirez on March 31, 2015.
Pries, 26, was 7-3 with a 4.92 ERA (46 ER, 84.0 IP) in 20 games, including 12 starts, with AAA Tacoma and AA Jackson this season. Pries opened the season with Jackson, where he was 5-2 with a 5.46 ERA (36 ER, 59.1 IP) with 62 strikeouts and 14 walks in 13 games (9 starts) over two stints with the Generals. In 7 games (3 starts) over two stints with Tacoma, Pries was 2-1 with a 3.65 ERA (10 ER, 24.2 IP) with 21 strikeouts and 7 walks.
In parts of 6 minor league seasons with Seattle, Pries is 40-24 with a 4.41 ERA (271 ER, 552.2 IP) in 109 games (93 starts). Pries was originally selected by Seattle in the 30th round of the 2011 MLB First-Year Player Draft out of Stanford University.