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Jason Vargas

34-Year-Old Pitcher – Kansas City Royals

2017 Stats

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18-11

ERA

4.16

WHIP

1.33

K

134

SV

0

2017 Preseason Projections

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2017 Fantasy Baseball Outlook

A lengthy recovery from Tommy John surgery in July 2015 cost Vargas nearly his entire season in 2016, with three starts in September representing his only appearances. He was solid in those starts, al...

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2017 ADP:  585.61

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LEAGUE: Majors   40 MAN: YES   BATS: L   THROWS: L   HT: 6' 0"   WT: 210   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.

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Vargas (18-11) fell flat in Sunday's finale against Arizona, allowing six runs on six hits with four walks and four strikeouts over four-plus innings to take the loss.

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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 MIA 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 MIA 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 30 30 1 187.0 197 77 19 128 41 11 10 0 0 0 3.71 1.27
2015 32 AA NOR 1 1 0 5.1 7 2 2 2 2 1 0 0 0 0 3.38 1.76
2015 32 MAJ KC 9 9 0 43.0 46 19 5 27 12 5 2 0 0 0 3.98 1.35
2016 33 R SUR 3 2 0 4.0 5 2 1 8 0 0 0 0 0 0 4.50 1.25
2016 33 AA NOR 3 1 0 2.1 4 2 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 7.71 1.90
2016 33 AAA OMA 3 3 0 13.2 16 9 3 18 1 0 2 0 0 0 5.93 1.29
2016 33 MAJ KC 3 3 0 12.0 8 3 1 11 3 0 0 0 0 0 2.25 0.92
2017 34 MAJ KC 32 32 1 179.7 181 83 27 134 58 18 11 0 0 0 4.16 1.33
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3-Year Averages     14 14 0 80.7 83 33 8 55 18 5 4 0 0 0 3.68 1.25
Career  (View All)     249 228 7 1,401.3 1,423 650 177 939 415 85 81 0 4.17 1.31

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Jason Vargas Game Log    (View Full Game Log)
# of Team Games To Display:    Show 14Show 14    Show 30Show 30    Show 60Show 60
DATE OPP IP H R ER HR BB K HBP WP CG W-L SV BS HLD ERA WHIP
Oct. 1 Ari 4.0 6 6 6 2 4 4 0 0 0 L 0 0 0 4.16 1.33
Sep. 26 Det 6.0 5 1 1 0 1 3 0 0 0 W 0 0 0 3.94 1.30
Sep. 21 @Tor 6.3 2 0 0 0 3 7 0 0 0 W 0 0 0 4.03 1.31
Sep. 15 @Cle 5.0 5 3 3 1 3 4 0 0 0 W 0 0 0 4.19 1.33
Sep. 10 Min 5.0 4 1 1 0 1 3 0 0 0 W 0 0 0 4.15 1.33
Sep. 5 @Det 2.0 6 7 7 2 1 1 1 0 0 L 0 0 0 4.23 1.34
Aug. 30 TB 6.0 7 5 5 3 1 1 0 0 0 L 0 0 0 3.87 1.31
Aug. 25 @Cle 5.0 6 4 4 1 2 2 0 0 0 L 0 0 0 3.72 1.31
Aug. 19 Cle 4.7 6 4 4 0 3 7 0 0 0 L 0 0 0 3.59 1.30
Aug. 13 @CWS 6.0 6 3 3 1 2 7 1 0 0 W 0 0 0 3.45 1.28
Aug. 8 StL 4.7 8 6 6 2 3 3 1 2 0 L 0 0 0 3.40 1.27
Aug. 2 @Bal 5.0 4 3 3 1 2 6 0 1 0 L 0 0 0 3.10 1.23
Last 14 Games (Team)
3 Games Pitched:  Avg. 5.4 IP/G
16.3 13 7 7 2 8 14 0 0 0 2-1 0 0 0 3.86 1.29
Last 30 Games (Team)
6 Games Pitched:  Avg. 4.7 IP/G
28.3 28 18 18 5 13 22 1 0 0 4-2 0 0 0 5.72 1.45
Last 60 Games (Team)
12 Games Pitched:  Avg. 5.0 IP/G
59.7 65 43 43 13 26 48 3 3 0 5-7 0 0 0 6.49 1.53

Jason Vargas Split Stats    (View Full Split Stats)

Vs. Left

Year Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR BAA
2017148201041615.311
20166002101.333
2015536414601.286

Vs. Right

Year Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR BAA
20176081144814027322.253
2016411136200.158
201513021832404.264

Home

Year IP W L SV K BB HR ERA WHIP
201796.79606932144.001.33
20168.00007201.131.00
201519.020014414.261.21

Away

Year IP W L SV K BB HR ERA WHIP
201783.09506526134.341.33
20164.00004114.500.75
201524.032013843.751.46
Jason Vargas vs. Today's Pitcher Stats

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 MIA 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 MIA 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 30 30 187.0 6.16 1.97 3.12 0.91 1.12 73.5% 87.3 MPH 3.71 3.91 .308
2015 32 AA NOR 1 1 5.1 3.53 3.53 1.00 3.53 100% 3.38 8.69 .288
2015 32 MAJ KC 9 9 43.0 5.65 2.51 2.25 1.05 1.12 73.6% 87.7 MPH 3.98 4.36 .303
2016 33 R SUR 3 2 4.0 18.00 0.00 0.00 2.25 75% 4.50 2.45 .549
2016 33 AA NOR 3 1 2.1 4.29 0.00 0.00 8.57 100% 7.71 14.63 .289
2016 33 AAA OMA 3 3 13.2 12.27 0.68 18.00 2.05 57.1% 5.93 3.65 .403
2016 33 MAJ KC 3 3 12.0 8.25 2.25 3.67 0.75 0.86 80% 86.2 MPH 2.25 3.20 .235
2017 34 MAJ KC 32 32 179.7 6.71 2.91 2.31 1.35 1.15 73.6% 85.6 MPH 4.16 4.71 .292
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3-Year Averages     14 14 80.7 6.14 2.01 3.06 0.89 73.1% 3.68 3.80 .303
Career     249 228 1,401.3 6.03 2.67 2.26 1.14 71.5% 4.17 4.42 .293

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Jason Vargas Defensive Stats

Year Pos Inn PMFinal (?) EXP Tot (?) PM (?) AirPM (?) EPM (?) InnHome (?) PMH (?) InnLHP (?) PMLHP (?) LEFT (?) MID (?) RGHT (?)
2015 P 43 2 2 2 0 19 1 43 2
2016 P 12 -1 1 -1 0 8 -1 12 -1
2017 P 179.7 3 16 3 0 97 2 180 3
Year Pos SHAL (?) MED (?) DEEP (?) CERS (?) SBRS (?) PSBRS (?) BRS (?) GDPRS (?) OFARS (?) GFPDMERS (?) PMRS (?) SZRS (?) TRS (?)
2015 P 0 0 0 0 1 0 1
2016 P 0 0 0 0 -1 0 -1
2017 P 1 0 0 0 2 0 3

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2017 Stat Review for Jason Vargas    As compared to the top 100 starting pitchers in 2016 (min 130 in)

K/BB/HR Stats

A collection of stats that measure different skills.

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2.31 K/BB
WEAK
6.71 K/9
POOR
2.91 BB/9
WEAK
85.6 MPH Fastball
TERRIBLE
1.4 HR/9
WEAK
1.15 GB/FB Ratio
MODERATE GROUNDBALLER
ERA/WHIP/FIP

A few general measures of a pitcher's effectiveness.

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4.16 ERA
WEAK
1.33 WHIP
WEAK
4.71 FIP
POOR
BABIP/Strand

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

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.292 BABIP
AVERAGE
73.6% Strand Rate
AVERAGE

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

Vargas (18-10) allowed one run on five hits with one walk and three strikeouts over six innings to nab the win Tuesday against the Tigers.

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Vargas (17-10) allowed just two hits and three walks while striking out seven over 6.1 shutout innings to beat the Blue Jays on Thursday.

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Vargas (16-10) pitched five innings Friday, allowing three runs on five hits and three walks while striking out four to pick up the win over the Indians.

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Vargas (15-10) allowed a single run on four hits and a walk while striking out three batters through five innings during Sunday's win over Minnesota.

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Vargas (14-10) was mauled by the Tigers to the tune of seven runs on six hits and a walk over just two innings in Tuesday's 13-2 loss.

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Vargas (14-9) took another loss Wednesday after giving up five runs on seven hits -- including three homers -- to the Rays. He struck out one and walked one over six innings of work.

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Vargas (14-8) took the loss against Cleveland on Friday, allowing four runs on six hits and two walks over five innings while striking out two.

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Vargas (14-7) allowed four runs on six hits and three walks while striking out seven batters through just 4.2 innings during Saturday's loss to Cleveland.

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Vargas (14-6) earned the win Sunday by holding the White Sox to three runs on six hits with two walks and seven strikeouts over six innings.

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Vargas (13-6) allowed six runs on eight hits and three walks while striking out three over 4.2 innings during Tuesday's loss to the Cardinals.

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Vargas will not make his next start Monday, as that game will go to Ian Kennedy following Saturday's rainout. The team hasn't announced the rest of the plans, but it's likely the left-hander will square off against St. Louis on Tuesday, Greg Johns of MLB.com reports.

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2017

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2016

Vargas started in just nine games for the Royals in 2015, where he posted a 5-2 record and a 3.98 ERA in 43 IP. When healthy, Vargas was proving to be a formidable arm in Kansas City's rotation. However, the 32-year-old pitcher took three trips to the DL all for different reasons. Vargas is well known for his ability to mix his pitches and has been claimed by many to have the best changeup in the game. This allows for Vargas to have high strikeout totals. The biggest issue for Vargas going into 2016 is the status of his elbow after undergoing Tommy John surgery in late July, which will hold him out of a significant portion of the 2016 season

2015

Vargas posted the best ERA of his major league career in 2014 (3.71), and the advanced numbers suggest it wasn't a fluke, as his .299 BABIP and 74.5 percent strand rate were right in line with his career numbers. The 31-year-old journeyman has performed well when calling a pitcher-friendly park home over his career, as his 0.91 HR/9 rate and 8.2% HR/FB ratio both hadn't been replicated since his time in SafeCo Field with the Mariners. He ended up third on the team in both total strikeouts (128) and innings pitched (187), and came through when called upon in the playoffs, posting a 3.52 ERA over 15.1 postseason innings. Vargas may not have overpowering stuff, but uses a solid changeup and occasional curveball to get hitters out, and is especially effective against lefties, having limited them to just a .661 OPS and two home runs on the season. He's put together a steady nine-year MLB career, but just as in past seasons, Vargas likely won't strike out enough hitters to be a major fantasy asset outside of deeper mixed and AL-only formats in 2015.

2014

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-hander followed the formula which has made him a solid back end option in recent years last season: a low walk rate (2.8 BB/9) combined with soft-tossing deception (70.6% contact rate outside the strike zone). The Royals signed Vargas to a four-year, $32 million deal in November, as he represents an established presence who has the ability to throw 200 innings when healthy while posting a respectable, if unspectacular, ERA.

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.