One day during spring training, a team doctor walked through the clubhouse and asked Edwin Jackson, the new $52 million pitcher, a question: Have you met Vogelbomb?

Diehard Cubs fans already know all about Dan Vogelbach, who has drawn comparisons to Prince Fielder because of his size (6-0, 250 pounds) and powerful left-handed swing. The moment spoke to Vogelbach’s larger-than-life personality – club officials rave about his enthusiasm and the way he interacts with teammates.

Now this does have an element of fantasy baseball to it. After all, Vogelbach was supposed to debut with Class-A Kane County on Thursday in Chicago’s western suburbs. But could this be your designated hitter at Wrigley Field in 2016?

It didn’t seem that absurd after reading team president Theo Epstein’s quotes in USA TODAY: “I think we’re going to see the DH in the National League. … Hopefully we’re just a few years away.”

Or listening to manager Dale Sveum, who already has Anthony Rizzo, a 23-year-old potential Gold Glove first baseman, in place as a building block.

“(With) a Vogelbach, those kind of guys are primed for that spot if it does happen,” Sveum said. “You produce some pretty good hitters in the minor leagues and sometimes you might have to trade him off or whatever because of the positions. (If) they end up being really good hitters, you might not have a spot for them.

“Vogelbach’s a good example of a guy (where) you might not have a spot – but you would if you had a DH. That’s a guy you drafted high and then you can keep him in the organization as a hitter.”