We all know Eric Hosmer has a lock on first base in San Diego for the foreseeable future if for no other reason than because he’s getting paid.
But if an injury were to occur, Vosler could be the first player they look to as a fill-in.
I don’t really see Vosler being a candidate for the bench because there are already several other good options and players who can fill in at first base for a game or two if needed.
What I didn’t realize until doing some research is that Vosler actually has spent time at every infield position throughout his Minor League career, but most of his work has come at third base.
Unfortunately for him, he’s also blocked at third base for quite a while in San Diego.
He’s still just 26 years old, so perhaps there is still a future for him in the big leagues.
I really like his on-base skills with a solid .338 career average in the minors. And he’s certainly grown into some power with back-to-back 20 home run seasons.
If given an everyday job at the big league level I could see him hitting .250/.330 with 20-25 home runs if he reaches his full potential.
Not to start a debate, but that’s pretty much what Hosmer is giving us now along with below-average defense.
And that’s something I don’t know about Vosler — is how good of a defender he can be at first.
I still think it’s a longshot that he breaks camp with the Padres, but if he keeps hitting like this and into the season, there is a good chance he makes his big league debut in 2020.