The 2019 season will be exciting for Los Angeles Dodgers prospect Miguel Vargas, as he looks to replicate last season with one of the clubs’ affiliates.
Vargas’ 2018 campaign was special because he appeared in games with three different affiliates in just three months. Beginning the season with the rookie-level Arizona Dodgers, Vargas quickly jumped up to the rookie-advance Ogden Raptors, before finishing with the Low-A Great Lakes Loons in his first professional season.
Moving quickly due to his offensive production, Vargas slashed an impressive .330/.404/.465 in 200 at-bats among the three clubs in 2018.
Factor that in with his 15 doubles, three triples, and two home runs, and there’s little doubt why Dodgers fans are excited about Vargas’ future.
His advanced feel and ability to hit the ball to every field caught the eye of 2018 Loons hitting coach Jair Fernandez.
“Miguel has an advanced approach for a player his age,” Fernandez said of the 19-year old prospect. “There’s still a few things he needs to work on to move forward, but he’s on the right track.”
Fernandez added that a major focus for Vargas moving forward will be for him to have a plan every at-bat.
“We’re trying to get him to have a plan every at-bat,” explained Fernandez. “We always want him trying to put his best swing out there early in the count. We want him focused on one pitch, and to be prepared to attack it.”
Vargas agrees with Fernandez, as he admits that he’s taking his at-bats pitch by pitch.
“I’m taking my at-bats pitch by pitch,” said Vargas. “I’m trying to stay patient and have a plan to execute my at-bats anyway I can.”
But Vargas isn’t just making adjustments at the plate; he’s adjusting in the field as well.
“I feel my defense has improved a lot since I came over from Cuba,” stated Vargas. “It’s a game of adjustments, and you have to make those adjustments every day. Those adjustments are getting better in minor league baseball, as I’m getting more repetition in the field every day.”
And more repetition he received, as he played three different positions in 2018: first, second, and third base. Vargas primarily played third base where he maintained a .900 fielding percentage in 307 innings. Adding an additional 91 innings at first and 19 innings at second gives the young infielder added versatility moving forward.
Fans of the Dodgers will definitely want to follow Vargas in 2019, as he continues to develop his game towards more promotions in the near future.