Dodgers prospect Miguel Vargas had a great season in the minor leagues last year, batting .304 with a .404 on-base percentage and a .511 slugging percentage in 520 plate appearances with Triple-A Oklahoma City. His overall OPS in four seasons in the minors is .878, and everyone who has watched him play agrees he’s going to be a great hitter.
We’re not just talking about scouts, either. Other players who have watched him recognize that he’s a special talent at the plate. That includes Dodgers infielder Max Muncy, who talked with Dodgers Nation recently about Vargas’s potential.
“Man, that guy can hit. When I did my rehab assignment early on in the year, and I went down to OKC, I saw first hand what he was doing down there. And then he came up and I know his numbers weren’t necessarily the best, but I’m very impressed with Miguel Vargas.
“I think one of the things I’m most impressed with is there’s so much hype and, kind of, hoopla surrounding Miguel Vargas and he hasn’t let any of that get to him. He was there early every day. He was there wanting to work every single day. He would be in the cage and he just wanted to watch people hit. And I was so impressed with that, for a guy that’s going to be as good as he is. He’s going to be a star in this game for sure. I think he can really, really hit.
“You know, he’s got the genes for hitting, obviously. What is it, his dad’s the all-time hit leader in Cuba, I think is what it is? Yeah, he’s obviously got some hit genes in there. And I just think the more experience he gets, the greater it’s going to be. He’s probably going to struggle a little bit, but that happens with everybody. He’s going to be a star for sure.”
Vargas did struggle in his cup of coffee with Los Angeles late in the 2022 season, but almost everyone struggles at first. He has that debut behind him, and as he heads into 2023 expecting to play a big role on LA’s team, he’ll have the opportunity to show what he can do in the big leagues.
We probably shouldn’t expect the .915 OPS he posted in Triple-A last year, but it’s not crazy to expect Vargas to be a really good big-league hitter in 2023.
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