Born: Aug. 1, 1990, Canovanas, Puerto Rico
High School: Luis Hernaiz Veronne HS, Canovanas, P.R.
Ht.: 6-5 Wt.: 215 (allegedly)
Bats: B Throws: R
Acquired: Undrafted Free Agent
First of all, Kennys Vargas is a big dude. In this photo, the “little guy” on the right is Miguel Sano, and there aren’t too many people who can make Sano look small. I’m not sure where the listed weight of 215 came from, but I’m not buying it. (Maybe it was his birth weight.)
Vargas’ status as a prospect is solely due to his ability to hit for power. Entering his age 22 season, he has yet to play more than 44 games in a year, so it’s difficult to gauge exactly what he will be. His defense is suspect at first and he has served a 50 game suspension for violating the substance abuse policy (for taking an unapproved weight loss supplement.)
But in the limited time we have seen him, he has put up some pretty impressive numbers. Time isn’t on his side and 2013 will likely be a sink-or-swim year for him. He will need to show that he can put up the big numbers over a full season and can’t afford many more missteps if he is to remain a prospect.
Seth Stohs: #12
TwinkieTown: Not ranked
Stats coming into the year: