Miguel Vargas
19-Year-Old Third Baseman3B
2019 Fantasy Outlook
After a two-year absence from competitive baseball, Vargas burst onto the dynasty-league radar by leading the Pioneer League with a .394 AVG before earning a promotion to the Midwest League. Vargas, who turned 19 in November, defected from Cuba when he was 16 and signed with the Dodgers for $300,000 in September of 2017. He was too advanced for rookie-level pitchers, but met some resistance at Low-A. Vargas used the whole field at all three stops, but after his promotion to Low-A, his LD% plummeted from 25.3% to 17.9% and his GB% spiked from 38.0% to 51.8%, which largely explains his drop in production. Already 6-foot-3, 200 pounds, it is quite possible Vargas (R/R) will be a below-average defensive third baseman by the time he is big-league ready, but the Dodgers won't move him to first base until they absolutely have to. His offensive production has a chance to be good enough for mediocre defense to be tolerated at third base. Read Past Outlooks
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August 8, 2018
Vargas is 3-for-15 with seven strikeouts and three walks in five games since being promoted to Low-A Great Lakes.
ANALYSIS
This season has already been a pretty impressive pro debut for Vargas, as he opened the year in the AZL, then quickly received a promotion to the Pioneer League and will now close out the year in the Midwest League. The bulk of his time has been spent in the Pioneer League, where he hit .394/.447/.596 with two home runs, six steals and a 13:8 K:BB in 103 plate appearances. Vargas is 18, so he is far from a finished product, but at 6-foot-3, 198 pounds, it's easy to see him growing into impact power. He showed a remarkable command of the strike zone in rookie ball and can spray the ball to all fields, so he also has the look of a player who could hit for high batting averages.
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