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Dodgers’ Dave Roberts Praises Miguel Vargas’ Confidence, Hunger

The Los Angeles Dodgers continue to push forward this season through a new wave of injuries. Over the weekend, the team lost starter Yoshinobu Yamamoto and shortstop Mookie Betts for the foreseeable future.

Luckily for Los Angeles, the team has strong depth to fall back on, which has allowed them to stay ahead of the curve. Part of that depth is top-prospect-turned-left-fielder Miguel Vargas, who has been in and out of the lineup throughout the season.

Vargas has spent time between the majors and Triple-A, giving him another chance to show the organization what he can do. After a poor 2023 season, he has seemingly turned the page a little bit this year.

While speaking to reporters Thursday in Denver, Dodgers manager Dave Roberts praised the confidence and hunger that Vargas has shown this season compared to last year.

“I see a much more confident player. I think last year getting hit on the hand, wherever it was, and starting the season that way, getting on base early, hitting a funk, the game sped up and he lost his confidence. So coming into this spring there was a different demeanor about him, a different way about him. And it carried over into the season. As disappointed as he was to not break with us, he went down there (to OKC) and performed. Coming up here, he has that confidence that we always saw in him. He’s really hungry. It’s good to see from Miguel.”

— Dave Roberts, via SportsNet LA

Vargas has appeared in 10 games this year, hitting .308 with a home run and six runs batted in. He has shown a little more patience at the plate this season and it has translated to more success.

Last year, Vargas dealt with some injuries that plagued his entire year. He finished his time in the majors last season hitting .195 with seven home runs and 32 runs batted in.

If Vargas can continue these types of performance, he could become a mainstay on the major league roster. He has the talent to be a productive player and could finally be coming into his own on the field.

Photo Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

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Matt Levine

Matt earned a Master of Science degree in Sport Management from Louisiana State University in 2021. He was born and raised in the Los Angeles area, growing up a huge fan of the Dodgers and Lakers. Matt Kemp was his favorite Dodgers player growing up.

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