Miguel Vargas
21-Year-Old Third Baseman3B
Los Angeles Dodgers A+
2021 Fantasy Outlook
There was no outlook written for Miguel Vargas in 2021. Check out the latest news below for more on his current fantasy value.
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$Signed a contract with the Dodgers in September of 2017.
Invited to join big-league camp
3BLos Angeles Dodgers  A+
February 16, 2021
Vargas was invited to the Dodgers' major-league spring training Tuesday, Eric Stephen of SBNation.com reports.
Vargas looked good at the Low-A and High-A levels in 2019, hitting .308/.380/.440 while stealing 13 bases, but the canceled minor-league schedules last year prevented him from continuing up the ladder. He'll need to prove himself in the upper minors before pushing for a roster spot.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
Vargas is a great hitter with an uncertain defensive home in an organization with seemingly unlimited depth on the position player side. This makes him a tricky player to evaluate for dynasty leagues. His 19.4 Hard% is a very poor mark for a player with his defensive profile, but considering over 35% of his hits went to the opposite field and he played half the year as a 19-year-old at High-A, we can excuse the lack of blistering contact for now. Vargas is a hitter first, and a power hitter second, but the power will have to come eventually for him to get playing time. As a 6-foot-3, 205-pound third baseman who throws and hits right-handed, it will be imperative that he maintains the lateral agility necessary to stick at the hot corner, as the Dodgers probably won't find room for a player of his ilk at first base. He kept his weight in check last season, which is an encouraging sign.
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.
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Expected to begin season at High-A
3BLos Angeles Dodgers  A+
April 28, 2020
Vargas could ascend to Double-A by the start of the 2020 minor-league season but is more likely to begin with High-A Rancho Cucamonga, Howard Cole of Sports Illustrated reports.
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Moving up to High-A
3BLos Angeles Dodgers  A+
July 2, 2019
Vargas has been promoted to High-A Rancho Cucamonga.
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Climbs to third MiLB level
3BLos Angeles Dodgers  A+
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.
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