The Minnesota Twins are staring 90 losses right in the face again. If you believe September is a month the Twins can survive without 13 more, they may not make it, but regardless of the outcome, 2014 has not been pretty. However, for Twins fans, there is significant reason for optimism. One form comes by the name of Kennys Vargas.
Call him Baby David, the switch hitting Ortiz, or just the second coming of David Ortiz. No matter what you call him, they’re all wrong, he’s Kennys Vargas and he’s doing just fine making his own name for himself.
Called up early in August, Vargas has now compiled a pretty solid base of statistical information to evaluate him on.
Vargas has now played in 30 games and sits at 126 at bats. To date, Vargas has 4 home runs, 35 runs batted in, and is slashing .317/.341/.476. While the average may not stay there throughout his career, the power numbers have been a great addition to the Twins lineup.
As a first basemen, he has split time with Joe Mauer, and being that Mauer is going to play for the forseeable future, the Twins have found themselves a strong DH-1B rotation. Vargas is still raw on the defensive side of the ball, but his bat has proven to be major league ready.
While some teams have played a shift on him, Vargas does well hitting the ball to all fields. It will be interesting to see how he adjusts as he starts to face some of the AL Central teams for a second and third time as September drags on.
With much being made about both Byron Buxton and Miguel Sano, the timetable for both guys is still somewhat up in the air. Twins fans must be excited about the promise Vargas has already shown at the major league level.
2015 should look drastically different for the Minnesota Twins, and Kennys Vargas is going to be at the forefront of the action.