Kennys Vargas
Kennys Vargas
28-Year-Old First Baseman1B
Minnesota Twins
2018 Fantasy Outlook
Vargas split last season between Triple-A and Minnesota, moving up and down from the minors five times. He had stretches where it appeared he would take over regular DH duty and showed prodigious power - hitting the third longest home run in MLB last season at 483 feet. Vargas struggles to make contact (68 percent contact rate), however, and his walk rate declined slightly last season. His main problem is his position as he faces too much competition at DH and first base. The Twins will have to risk exposing Vargas to waivers if he doesn't make the 25-man roster coming out of spring training, as he has run out of minor-league options. At age 27, he could still surprise if he finds extended playing time, but it may take an injury or two for that opportunity to arise. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a one-year contract with the Twins in March of 2018. Waived by the Twins in March of 2018. Claimed off waivers by the Reds in March of 2018. Waived by the Reds in March of 2018. Claimed off waivers by the Twins in March of 2018.
Clears waivers, outrighted to Triple-A
1BMinnesota Twins  AAA
March 27, 2018
Vargas was outrighted to Triple-A Rochester on Tuesday, Phil Miller of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.
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After bouncing back and forth between the Reds and Twins, Vargas will indeed open the season back at Rochester after passing through waivers untouched. He will serve as organizational depth. While the 27-year-old possesses some serious pop, he's failed to get things going in brief major-league stints over the previous four seasons, hitting a combined .252/.311/.437 with 35 homers in 236 games.
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Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2016
 
 
+15%
OPS vs LHP
2018
No Stats
2017
 
 
+37%
OPS vs RHP
2016
 
 
+93%
OPS vs LHP
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2016vs Left .868 128 20 6 15 0 .264 .359 .509
Since 2016vs Right .755 313 40 15 46 0 .237 .307 .449
2018vs Left 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2018vs Right 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2017vs Left .597 76 8 1 5 0 .185 .289 .308
2017vs Right .819 188 25 10 36 0 .278 .324 .494
2016vs Left 1.262 52 12 5 10 0 .378 .462 .800
2016vs Right .654 125 15 5 10 0 .168 .280 .374
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Since 2016
 
 
+17%
OPS on Road
2018
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2017
 
 
+6%
OPS on Road
2016
 
 
+34%
OPS on Road
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2016Home .724 211 24 9 33 0 .232 .303 .421
Since 2016Away .847 230 36 12 28 0 .256 .339 .507
2018Home 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2018Away 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2017Home .737 135 17 5 24 0 .246 .311 .426
2017Away .780 129 16 6 17 0 .261 .318 .462
2016Home .701 76 7 4 9 0 .206 .289 .412
2016Away .938 101 20 6 11 0 .250 .366 .571
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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After struggling as Minnesota's DH in 2015, it looked like Vargas was set to languish at Triple-A amid a logjam of DH and first-base types on Minnesota's roster. He had a middling Triple-A season (15 homers and .785 OPS), but surprisingly thrived when called up to the majors after several players ahead of him on the depth chart were hurt. Vargas had 10 home runs in 47 games, along with a .833 OPS and 13.6 percent walk rate, but he still strikes out too often and needs to make better contact (63 percent contact rate) to survive in the majors. Vargas has plus power, but his main problem is his position as he's buried on a Twins roster that has too many corner infielders. He could surprise if he lands somewhere with a clearer path to steady playing time.
Vargas began last season as Minnesota's starting DH after hitting .274/.316/.456 with nine home runs in 53 games in his major league debut in 2015. He struggled in his second season with a .642 OPS and just five home runs in 47 games before being demoted to the minors in early July. Vargas found his power stroke again the minors with 13 home runs and a .910 OPS between Double-A and Triple-A. He got just 16 at-bats in a September callup as he struggled to find a role, and that may be a similar case in 2016. His defensive liabilities limit him to 1B and DH, where the Twins have a logjam. Vargas has tremendous power but has struggled to make contact (26.9% K% in the majors). However, he showed some signs of plate discipline in the minors with a good walk rate (13.2%). Vargas could still be a source of power in the majors, but he may need to move to another organization to get the opportunity.
Vargas wasn't thought to be a top prospect, as he was older than his competition at age 23 in his breakout season at High-A in 2013. However, Vargas thrived at Double-A by hitting .281/.360/.472 with 17 home runs which resulted in the Twins calling him up at the end of July. Vargas stayed hot in the majors as he clubbed nine home runs in 53 games and hit .274/.316/.456. At 6-foot-5, 275 pounds, Vargas has tremendous power but has struggled to make contact (26.7% K% in the majors). However, he showed signs of plate discipline at Double-A with a good walk rate (10.6%) and manageable strikeout rate (16.8%). He'll thrive as an everyday player if he can carry over those trends to the majors. Where Vargas will play is an issue, as his defensive liabilities limit him to 1B and DH, where the Twins are crowded with veterans and prospects. GM Terry Ryan says Vargas can play the outfield, so he could find at-bats there as well. He enters 2015 a the leading candidate to start at DH for the Twins and could be a up-and-coming power source.
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Claimed off waivers by Twins
1BMinnesota Twins  AAA
March 24, 2018
Vargas was claimed off waivers by the Twins on Saturday, Dan Hayes of The Athletic reports.
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Heads to Cincinnati
1BCincinnati Reds  AAA
March 22, 2018
Vargas was claimed off waivers by the Reds on Thursday.
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Sent off 40-man roster
1BMinnesota Twins  AAA
March 16, 2018
Vargas was designated for assignment Friday.
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Tougher road to win roster spot
1BMinnesota Twins  AAA
February 26, 2018
Vargas will have a tougher time making the Minnesota 25-man roster after the Twins signed Logan Morrison, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports. Vargas is 1-for-2 this spring and says he has improved vision after being fitted for a contact lens in his left eye. "I was seeing the ball really good," he said after getting a hit Saturday. "I've never seen it that clear."
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Looking to earn final bench spot
1BMinnesota Twins  AAA
February 22, 2018
Vargas will compete for the Twins' final bench spot during spring training, Rhett Bollinger of MLB.com reports.
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