The New Britain Rock Cats played a game last night that can make Twins fans ever more anxious for not one, but two, more pieces to the Big League puzzle to quickly finish their minor league matriculation.
Without much fanfare, Eddie Rosario finally returned to AA after his lost spring on suspension and a brief tune-up in Ft Myers. The only real buzz around Rosario was that he has come back and is playing mostly in CF, as he did in his New Britain debut. Batting in the #2 hole, Eddie banged out 2 hits, including a double.
Evidently, Kennys Vargas was the one most grateful to have his fellow Puerto Rican countryman and frequent minor league teammate back in the fold, as he plated Rosario after both of Eddie's hits, and ended up becoming the biggest story on Friday night- putting up video game batting numbers before all was said and done. Vargas was 3-4, falling a triple short of the cycle, and driving in all of the Rock Cats' six runs, including a go-ahead Grand Slam HR in the 6th inning. The easy-going and always-quotable Vargas didn't let the reporters down:
[QUOTE][FONT=Arial]Vargas laughed at the notion of collecting a fourth career triple with an additional at-bat. [/FONT][FONT=Arial]"It's pretty good for the numbers," Vargas said with a chuckle. "Six RBIs in one night, that's like a week."[/FONT][/QUOTE][FONT=Arial][FONT=Verdana]
Easy-going Kennys may be, but he appears to be taking a serious approach at the plate, and young guys like his buddy Rosario, and even Oswaldo Arcia might want to take notice of what Vargas has to say about patience at the plate, getting more Base on Balls and situational hitting:
[/FONT][QUOTE]The switch-hitter's latest roundtripper came on a 3-2 curveball with the bases full, nobody out and the Rock Cats trailing by two runs in the sixth inning. It was his first home run since May 18.[/QUOTE][/FONT][QUOTE]
[FONT=Arial]"I was looking for that pitch," Vargas said, "because they always throw me, in a 3-2 count, something like a changeup or a breaking ball."[/FONT]
[FONT=Arial]In 61 at-bats with runners in scoring position, he's hitting .393/.458/.623 with 34 RBIs.
[FONT=Arial]"I do the same approach with every at-bat, like with two strikes," Vargas said. "When I have two strikes, I try to get short with my swing and go straight to the ball. Don't do any movement, just put it in play, because I don't like the strikeouts."[/FONT]
[FONT=Arial]While he's hoping to launch more homers, he's less concerned with grabbing a triple this season. His next one will be his first in 2014.[/FONT]
[FONT=Arial]The 6-foot-5, 275-pound slugger said a three-bagger was nowhere near his focus Friday.[/FONT]
[FONT=Arial]"I never think about triples," Vargas said. "I just get the doubles, get the RBIs. That's it, I do my job."[/FONT]
[FONT=Arial]."It was pretty good," said Vargas, who signed with Minnesota as a non-drafted free agent on Feb. 25, 2009. "It's always fun when you win. Everybody's happy."[/FONT][/QUOTE][FONT=Arial][FONT=Verdana]
It looks like he's taken yet another step closer to realizing the dream...and making everybody on the big league club happy, too. And the best may be yet to come for Eddie Rosario, as well.
Edited by jokin, 07 June 2014 - 09:16 AM.