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Jason Vargas

31-Year-Old Pitcher – Kansas City Royals

2014 Stats

W-L

2-0

ERA

1.24

WHIP

0.93

K

16

SV

0

2014 RotoWire Projections

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2014 Fantasy Baseball Outlook

Vargas missed nearly two months after getting a blood clot removed from his armpit in late June, but lulled hitters to sleep once again in 2013, posting a 4.02 ERA with the Halos. The veteran left-han...

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LEAGUE: Majors   40 MAN: YES   BATS: L   THROWS: L   HT: 6' 0"   WT: 215   DOB: 2/2/1983   BORN: Apple Valley, CA   COLLEGE: Long Beach State   DRAFTED: 2nd Rd    Show ContractHide Contract

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Jason Vargas Contract Information:

Signed a four-year, $32 million contract with the Royals in November of 2013.

April 18, 2014  –  Jason Vargas News

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Vargas logged seven shutout innings, allowing seven hits and one walk while striking out four in Kansas City's 5-0 win over the Twins on Friday night.

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Jason Vargas Stats
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Year Age Lg Tm G GS SH IP H ER HR K BB W L SV BS HLD ERA WHIP
2005 22 AA CAR 3 3 0 19.0 13 6 3 25 7 1 0 0 2.84 1.05
2005 22 MAJ FLA 18 13 0 73.7 71 33 4 59 31 5 5 0 4.03 1.38
2006 23 AAA ALB 15 13 0 69.0 98 57 11 51 28 3 6 0 7.43 1.83
2006 23 MAJ FLA 12 5 0 43.0 50 35 9 25 30 1 2 0 7.33 1.86
2007 24 AAA NEW 25 24 0 125.0 141 69 14 108 44 9 7 0 4.97 1.48
2007 24 MAJ NYM 2 2 0 10.3 17 14 4 4 2 0 1 0 12.19 1.84
2009 26 AAA TAC 9 9 0 51.7 48 18 3 46 15 4 3 0 3.14 1.22
2009 26 MAJ SEA 23 14 0 91.7 98 50 16 54 24 3 6 0 4.91 1.33
2010 27 MAJ SEA 31 31 0 192.7 187 81 18 116 54 9 12 0 0 0 3.78 1.25
2011 28 MAJ SEA 32 32 3 201.0 205 95 22 131 59 10 13 0 0 0 4.25 1.31
2012 29 MAJ SEA 33 33 0 217.3 201 93 35 141 55 14 11 0 0 0 3.85 1.18
2013 30 AAA Sal 1 1 0 4.2 4 4 3 2 3 0 0 0 0 0 7.71 1.67
2013 30 MAJ LAA 24 24 2 150.0 162 67 17 109 46 9 8 0 0 0 4.02 1.39
2014 31 MAJ KC 4 4 0 29.0 21 4 3 16 6 2 0 0 0 0 1.24 0.93
2014 RotoWire Projections MAJ   Subscribe now to see our 2014 projections for Jason Vargas
3-Year Averages MAJ   29 29 1 189.4 189 85 24 127 53 11 10 0 0 0 4.04 1.28
Career  (View All) MAJ   179 158 5 1,008.7 1012 472 128 655 307 53 58 0 4.21 1.31

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Jason Vargas Game Log    (View Full Game Log)
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DATE OPP IP H R ER HR BB K HBP WP CG W-L SV BS HLD ERA WHIP
Apr. 18 Min 7.0 7 0 0 0 1 4 0 0 0 W 0 0 0 1.24 0.93
Apr. 13 @Min 7.0 5 2 2 1 3 4 0 0 0 - 0 0 0 1.64 0.86
Apr. 7 TB 8.0 4 1 1 1 1 2 0 0 0 W 0 0 0 1.20 0.73
Apr. 2 @Det 7.0 5 1 1 1 1 6 0 0 0 - 0 0 0 1.29 0.86
Last 14 Days
3 Games:  Avg. 7.3 IP/G
22.0 16 3 3 2 5 10 0 0 0 2-0 0 0 0 1.23 0.95
Last 30 Days
4 Games:  Avg. 7.3 IP/G
29.0 21 4 4 3 6 16 0 0 0 2-0 0 0 0 1.24 0.93
Last 60 Days
4 Games:  Avg. 7.3 IP/G
29.0 21 4 4 3 6 16 0 0 0 2-0 0 0 0 1.24 0.93

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Jason Vargas Split Stats    (View Full Split Stats)

Vs. Left

Year Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR BAA
2013172238531130.327
20122193017481008.239
20112162814551104.278

Vs. Right

Year Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR BAA
2013472863810920017.256
20126681113815325227.247
20116411034515027218.255

Home

Year IP W L SV K BB HR ERA WHIP
201379.0620602493.301.27
201298.7550692292.741.02
2011120.37908732124.561.25

Away

Year IP W L SV K BB HR ERA WHIP
201371.0360492284.821.52
2012118.79607233264.781.31
201180.73404427103.791.41
Jason Vargas Advanced Stats
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Year Age Lg Tm G GS IP K/9 BB/9 K/BB HR/9 GB/FB Ratio Strand % Fastball ERA FIP BABIP
2005 22 AA CAR 3 3 19.0 11.84 3.32 3.57 1.42 82.4% 2.84 3.73 .259
2005 22 MAJ FLA 18 13 73.7 7.21 3.79 1.90 0.49 70.4% 4.03 3.61 .311
2006 23 AAA ALB 15 13 69.0 6.65 3.65 1.82 1.43 60% 7.43 5.23 .377
2006 23 MAJ FLA 12 5 43.0 5.23 6.28 0.83 1.88 0.57 63.4% 7.33 6.92 .299
2007 24 AAA NEW 25 24 125.0 7.78 3.17 2.45 1.01 67.8% 4.97 4.06 .342
2007 24 MAJ NYM 2 2 10.3 3.48 1.74 2.00 3.48 0.29 33.3% 12.19 8.06 .341
2009 26 AAA TAC 9 9 51.7 8.01 2.61 3.07 0.52 75% 3.14 3.05 .311
2009 26 MAJ SEA 23 14 91.7 5.30 2.36 2.25 1.57 0.83 67.9% 87.6 MPH 4.91 5.10 .286
2010 27 MAJ SEA 31 31 192.7 5.42 2.52 2.15 0.84 0.80 71.7% 86.8 MPH 3.78 4.07 .283
2011 28 MAJ SEA 32 32 201.0 5.87 2.64 2.22 0.99 0.91 69.8% 87.4 MPH 4.25 4.26 .296
2012 29 MAJ SEA 33 33 217.3 5.84 2.28 2.56 1.45 0.98 73.8% 88.0 MPH 3.85 4.80 .260
2013 30 AAA Sal 1 1 4.2 4.29 6.43 0.67 6.43 75% 7.71 13.68 .092
2013 30 MAJ LAA 24 24 150.0 6.54 2.76 2.37 1.02 1.09 73.8% 87.7 MPH 4.02 4.24 .316
2014 31 MAJ KC 4 4 29.0 4.97 1.86 2.67 0.93 1.13 95.8% 86.6 MPH 1.24 4.06 .215
2014 Projections MAJ   Subscribe now to see our 2014 projections for Jason Vargas
3-Year Averages MAJ   29 29 189.4 6.03 2.52 2.40 1.14 72% 4.04 4.35 .288
Career MAJ   179 158 1,008.7 5.84 2.74 2.13 1.14 71.1% 4.21 4.49 .288

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2014 Stat Review for Jason Vargas    As compared to the top 100 starting pitchers in 2013 (min 140 in)

K/BB/HR Stats

A collection of stats that measure different skills.

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2.67 K/BB
WEAK
4.97 K/9
TERRIBLE
1.86 BB/9
GREAT
86.6 MPH Fastball
TERRIBLE
0.9 HR/9
AVERAGE
1.13 GB/FB Ratio
MODERATE GROUNDBALLER
ERA/WHIP/FIP

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1.24 ERA
ELITE
0.93 WHIP
ELITE
4.06 FIP
WEAK
BABIP/Strand

Balls in play avg. and % of runners left stranded.

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.215 BABIP
LOW
95.8% Strand Rate
HIGH

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Career Pitcher vs. Batter Stats    (View All Matchup Data)

Worst Matchups for Jason Vargas (by OPS against, min 11 AB)

Batter Team AB H HR RBI BB K SB AVG SLG OPS
Billy Butler KC 17 8 3 7 5 0 1 .471 1.176 1.767
Alfonso Soriano NY-A 13 6 1 2 1 3 1 .462 .923 1.423
Edwin Encarnacion TOR 15 5 2 5 5 2 0 .333 .867 1.343
Mike Napoli BOS 32 12 4 6 5 6 1 .375 .813 1.286
Nick Swisher CLE 14 5 2 3 2 1 1 .357 .857 1.269
Nelson Cruz BAL 30 10 4 8 7 7 1 .333 .800 1.262
Paul Konerko CHI-A 16 7 1 1 2 1 0 .438 .750 1.250
Alexei Ramirez CHI-A 18 8 2 4 0 2 1 .444 .778 1.222
Brennan Boesch ANA 15 8 0 2 0 1 0 .533 .667 1.200
Ben Zobrist TB 26 11 1 6 3 2 0 .423 .692 1.192

Best Matchups for Jason Vargas (by OPS against, min 11 AB)

Batter Team AB H HR RBI BB K SB AVG SLG OPS
Chris Carter HOU 15 1 0 1 5 9 0 .067 .067 .367
Peter Bourjos STL 16 2 0 0 0 7 1 .125 .188 .364
Adam Lind TOR 11 2 0 0 0 1 0 .182 .182 .364
Jeff Mathis MIA 18 2 0 0 0 6 0 .111 .167 .278
Eric Hosmer KC 13 1 0 1 2 3 1 .077 .077 .277
David Murphy CLE 22 2 0 0 2 5 0 .091 .091 .258
Rajai Davis DET 11 1 0 0 1 3 0 .091 .091 .258
Sean Rodriguez TB 19 2 0 2 1 5 0 .105 .105 .255
Alcides Escobar KC 15 1 0 0 2 1 1 .067 .067 .243
Maicer Izturis TOR 14 1 0 0 0 3 0 .071 .071 .143

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Jason Vargas: Past News Updates   ( ▲ View most recent update )

Vargas' next start will come Friday against the Twins, the Kansas City Star reports.

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Vargas got in seven innings of work Sunday, allowing five hits, three walks and two earned runs to go along with four strikeouts in a no-decision.

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Vargas held the Rays to one run over eight innings Monday to pick up his first win of the season. He struck out just two batters, but also only allowed four hits and one walk.

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Vargas struck out six and walked one while giving up one run on five hits over seven innings in a no-decision against the Tigers on Wednesday.

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Vargas gave up one run on four hits and a walk with two strikeouts over four innings against the Dodgers on Tuesday, leaving the left-hander very pleased with his performance, the Kansas City Star reports. "I was able to execute pitches," Vargas said. "That last inning, I was able to work out of a jam. That's always nice to be able to do."

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Vargas will pitch the second game of the season against the Tigers, the Kansas City Star reports.

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Vargas signed a four-year, $32 million contract with the Royals on Thursday, Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports reports.

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Vargas did not receive a qualifying offer from the Angels on Monday, MLB.com reports.

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2014

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2013

After consecutive years of absurdly low home-run rates even more so considering his high flyball rates Vargas normalized a bit in 2012, an ominous sign that was masked by Safeco Field, good defense, and luck. While Vargas' HR/9 rate ballooned to 1.45 last season (0.84, 0.99 the previous two years) and his HR/FB percent to 12.8 (6.1, 7.7), most of the damage was done on the road as spacious Safeco Field gave up just nine long balls in 98.2 innings. That resulted in a 2.74/4.78 home/road ERA split, but that's not the full story. Vargas' FIP (4.80) was nearly a full run higher than his ERA (3.85), and he stranded a career-high 73.8 percent of runners while posting a career-low .260 BABIP. Vargas' home protection will be reduced this year as he was traded to Anaheim in December for Kendrys Morales. If his luck changes too, he'll be in for tough times. His skill set remains a risky one to own despite the likelihood of improved run support and a very good outfield defense playing behind him in Anaheim.

2012

The flyball-pitching Vargas continues to benefit from Safeco Field, even if his home-run rate inched up a little last season. Even though Vargas couldn't match his absurdly low home-run rate from 2010, he was still in rare company last season considering the number of flyballs he allows. Vargas' 43.9 flyball percentage ranked fifth in the AL last year, and only Jered Weaver gave up as many flyballs with a lower HR/FB rate than Vargas' 7.7 percent. Pitching in Safeco clearly helped, as Vargas posted a 46.4 flyball rate and 7.2 HR/FB mark at home. As a non-strikeout, pitch-to-contact hurler, Vargas is always going to be susceptible to crooked numbers indeed, while his three shutouts ranked third in the AL, he also gave up at least five runs nine times but pitching in a spacious home park at least helps keep the ball in the yard.

2011

Vargas added a cut fastball last season and posted a career-high 62.5 first-strike percentage. He rolled through the first three months with a 2.80 ERA, but stumbled to a 4.76 ERA in the final three months as his BABIP normalized from .253 to .294. Vargas, though, benefited greatly from an absurdly low home-run rate. Vargas' 47.0 flyball percentage was fourth highest in the majors last season, but only 6.1 percent of his flyballs went for home runs. Playing in Safeco Field helped immensely as his home flyball rate was 48 percent and his home HR/FB rate was a mere 5.03 percent. Vargas is playing in the perfect park for his flyball ways, which explains his stark home/road splits.

2010

Vargas was a regular on the Seattle-to-Tacoma train last year, hopping back and forth from Triple-A to the bigs as needed. He made 14 starts last season but isn't a good rotation option, and best that he can hope for in 2010 is to be a lefty out of the pen. In nine relief appearances last year, he struck out 13 and walked one.

2009

Vargas missed all of 2008 with a torn labrum in his left hip and was dealt to Seattle in a three-way deal in December 2007. If Vargas comes back healthy, he'll likely have a shot at a middle-relief job in spring training. The Mariners have a couple of bullpen openings after losing J.J. Putz and Sean Green in the deal.

2008

Vargas spent most of the year at Triple-A New Orleans, making two spot starts for the Mets. After an up-and-down first four months, Vargas closed with a bang in August and September before being sidelined with a bone spur in his pitching elbow that required surgery. He is expected to be healthy by spring training, where he may contend for a bullpen role.

2007

Vargas started the year in the Marlins' rotation, but by the end of it he was back in the minors watching people like Anibal Sanchez zoom past him. Dealt to the Mets in the offseason, he'll still need to find a third pitch to have any prolonged success in the majors, no matter what uniform he's wearing.

2006

Vargas made a splash in his first few starts after being called up after just three starts at Double-A, but faded as major league hitters figured out his two-pitch repertoire. He really needs more time in the minors to refine his arsenal, but the Marlins might decide to let him take his lumps at the back of their rotation in 2006.