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The 18 year old Migue Vargas just got promoted to A ball recently.

 

The guy was destroying rookie ball.  In 30 games in rookie ball Miguel Vargas hit .400 and OPSed 1.049

 

His walk rate seems to improve every time he gets promoted.  Small sample but a very optimistic trend. 

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Still 19 years old. Currently 4th in the Midwest League with a 149 wRC+. Super prodigy Wander Franco had a 154 wRC+ before getting promoted. Nolan Gorman currently with a 127 wRC+. Out-performing other 19/20 year old top prospects like Alek Thomas, Turang, Edwards, Freeman, Amaya in the same league. 

Last 2 games he has 4 bombs. Dodgers might have tapped his power so look out because Vargas has a 0.81 BB/K as well. 

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27 minutes ago, dod959 said:

Still 19 years old. Currently 4th in the Midwest League with a 149 wRC+. Super prodigy Wander Franco had a 154 wRC+ before getting promoted. Nolan Gorman currently with a 127 wRC+. Out-performing other 19/20 year old top prospects like Alek Thomas, Turang, Edwards, Freeman, Amaya in the same league. 

Last 2 games he has 4 bombs. Dodgers might have tapped his power so look out because Vargas has a 0.81 BB/K as well. 

Thanks for bumping the thread and providing the above.  He does look like he has some upside, possibly this is a breakout, but I would caution that his strong 2 game power display is anything consequential.  If he continues to bang XBH and Hrs in the next couple weeks, then I'm on the train. 

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This kid is far too under-the-radar imo. He loses a lot in traditional prospects lists because of his defense (or the fact some project a shift across the diamond to 1B)?

Pipeline: He has worked diligently to improve his conditioning and his range at third base, where he displays solid arm strength. The Dodgers are pleased with his progress at the hot corner, while scouts in other organizations wonder if he's destined for first base. 

Here is a snippet from Klaw write-up on him in March where he was ranked 10th in system:

"Vargas is a polarizing name when you ask scouts about him — well, you may not ask them, but I do — with some profiling him as a hit-over-power first baseman and others who see a guy who “can f**king hit” (actual quote) while playing a passable enough third base. The native of Cuba isn’t a great athlete, but his ability to square up the ball, even against decent stuff, is toward the top of the scale, and it’s hard contact even if it’s not 25-30 homer type of power. I think he’s a regular, maybe a 55, with a chance to get to a plus hit tool."

He has continued to rake at high A this year; .320/.370 with a .921 OPS, 7HR/4SB...

Career .315/384 in the minors. Playing all year at age 21, I can see a promo to AA in near future and obv have to love how LAD develops players. Big upside here.

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156 ABs in HighA to get to 7 HR

69 ABs in AA and he has 6 HR and from what I have seen on Twitter, these are absolute bombs too (both EV/distance).

OBP is lagging but there is a lot to like about this bat in this system.

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Popped another bomb last night.

At 21 yrs old he has slashed .299/.359/.522 between HighA/AA with 14 HRs (much higher HR rate in AA) also at 20.6% K rate and 8.7% BB rate.

Also noticed fantrax guy didn't even place him in the LAD top 10 update...crazy

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Just continues to be insanely underrated:

Dodgers' Miguel Vargas: Showing advanced skills in Double-A (from CBS)

Vargas is hitting .308/.384/.504 across 60 games for Double-A Tulsa, bringing his composite minor-league line for the year to .310/.377/.515 with 19 homers, eight steals and a 38:73 BB:K in 97 games.

Most remarkable has been the growth of Vargas' plate discipline since being promoted from High-A, where he put up a 9:32 BB:K in 37 contests. In Double-A, he's now sporting a remarkable 29:41 mark; that's just a 15.3 percent strikeout rate. Vargas didn't enter the season with a lot of helium, but following the Dodgers' blockbuster deadline trade, he's arguably the team's top prospect all of a sudden.

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LA Dodgers notes today (inside Minor league camp) from The Athletic beat reporter:

"Miguel Vargas can flat-out hit. It’s all he’s done in the minors (a career .864 OPS), and the power has come. It’s come with growth — add Vargas to the list of players who’ve packed on muscle as they’ve gotten older — and an approach that allows him to get out in front of some pitches with authority in opportunistic situations rather than always letting the ball travel. Vargas continues to hit to all fields; he batted .319 across multiple levels last season, and he expressed a desire to remain a complete hitter.“He’s always been an exceptional hitter, just with a real focus on hitting the ball to the opposite field,” Rhymes said. “He was doing what he was trying to do. There was always an internal debate on, should we push him to pull the ball more? … We more or less let it unfold. You could see it coming.” Vargas and Michael Busch are two infielders who could play into the Dodgers’ immediate 2022 plans, and each has added the defensive versatility to their games that the organization typically prizes. Vargas has primarily slotted at third base, though he has played first and second base, as well)."

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Manager Dave Roberts stated Monday it's "certainly a possibility" that Vargas will contribute at the major-league level at some point this season, Jack Harris of the Los Angeles Times reports.

Vargas has yet to play above Double-A, but he's impressed the Dodgers' skipper in spring training thus far, with Roberts also noting his improvements defensively and power displays during hitting drills/BP. The infielder slashed .317/.384/.518 with 16 home runs, 59 RBI and seven stolen bases a season ago at Double-A Tulsa and it wouldn't be a surprise to see him begin the 2022 campaign at Triple-A Oklahoma City.

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33 minutes ago, brockpapersizer said:

 

With Freddie Freeman at 1B and signed thru 2027, and Justin Turner turning 38 later this year and on the last year of his contract, it would seem Vargas should be preparing to play 3B. But if he's cool just getting 4 AB's a day, maybe DH is his real future. Wherever he ends up, that stick will play.

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With Freddie Freeman at 1B and signed thru 2027, and Justin Turner turning 38 later this year and on the last year of his contract, it would seem Vargas should be preparing to play 3B. But if he's cool just getting 4 AB's a day, maybe DH is his real future. Wherever he ends up, that stick will play.

Like with most prospects I never care about their path to playing time. If he hits the ball very well he will get to play baseball. Those are the rules. 

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Vargas absolutely destroyed a Shane Beiber offering in Wednesday's contest. Rumor has it they found scorched rawhide and a pile of string about 500 feet from home plate.

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Because I don't know how to embed a tweet, that's why.
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He's starting in AAA.

Sneaky redraft value this year that almost nobody is talking about  except Brockpapersizer on sports edge forums.

His hitting potential is massive. Probably not far below Yordan (upside wise).

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30 minutes ago, brockpapersizer said:

He's starting in AAA.

Sneaky redraft value this year that almost nobody is talking about  except Brockpapersizer on sports edge forums.

His hitting potential is massive. Probably not far below Yordan (upside wise).

Quite a statement.


Lots of guys have massive potential, but what’s your percent likelihood he reaches it? 

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26 minutes ago, StartYourStuds said:

Quite a statement.


Lots of guys have massive potential, but what’s your percent likelihood he reaches it? 

I think he's going to be under Yordan to say again, but feels like a masher. 270/340/490 hitter with 25/30 bombs. Also could steal some bags in his early 20s, but probably not much if more than 10 (likely less) I think maybe 30-40% he gets theres, and there some chance for better.  Could also be a bust, but I like his chances with the Dodgers. DH helps. Getting rid of Pollock helps. I think they are confident in one of their young guys taking a big step, whether its him, lux, or Rios.  He could also slide into 3b with Turner being a FA.

 

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