Kennys Vargas
Kennys Vargas
29-Year-Old First Baseman1B
 Free Agent  Foreign
Free Agent
2019 Fantasy Outlook
There was no outlook written for Kennys Vargas in 2019. Check out the latest news below for more on his current fantasy value.
$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.
Heads overseas
1BFree Agent  F
November 6, 2018
Vargas agreed to a contract Tuesday with the Chiba Lotte Marines of the Japanese Pacific League, Seth Stohs of TwinsDaily.com reports.
ANALYSIS
After being outrighted off the Twins' 40-man roster coming out of spring training, Vargas spent the entire 2018 campaign at Triple-A Rochester, delivering a .240/.326/.425 slash line across 644 plate appearances. With that production unlikely to earn Vargas much more than a minor-league deal this winter, the 28-year-old elected to take his talents overseas for the 2019 season. Contact issues have limited the impact of Vargas' considerable pop in the majors and high minors, but he could emerge as a top slugger in Japan while teeing off against lower-caliber pitching.
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Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2017
 
 
+37%
OPS vs RHP
2019
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2018
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2017
 
 
+37%
OPS vs RHP
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2017vs Left .597 76 8 1 5 0 .185 .289 .308
Since 2017vs Right .819 188 25 10 36 0 .278 .324 .494
2019vs Left 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2019vs Right 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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
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Since 2017
 
 
+6%
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+6%
OPS on Road
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2017Home .737 135 17 5 24 0 .246 .311 .426
Since 2017Away .780 129 16 6 17 0 .261 .318 .462
2019Home 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2019Away 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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
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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.
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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Clears waivers, outrighted to Triple-A
1BMinnesota Twins  F
March 27, 2018
Vargas was outrighted to Triple-A Rochester on Tuesday, Phil Miller of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.
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Claimed off waivers by Twins
1BMinnesota Twins  F
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  F
March 22, 2018
Vargas was claimed off waivers by the Reds on Thursday.
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Sent off 40-man roster
1BMinnesota Twins  F
March 16, 2018
Vargas was designated for assignment Friday.
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Tougher road to win roster spot
1BMinnesota Twins  F
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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