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Dodgers: Miguel Vargas a ‘Fringe Superstar’ if He Continues Growth

Dodgers prospect Miguel Vargas has garnered the attention of many prospect hounds with the amount of power potential he possesses. Dodgers beat writer Fabian Ardaya of The Athletic had high praise about the young infielder. 

Ardaya wrote a mailbag column and addressed a question that may have crossed many people’s minds in regard to Vargas’ ceiling.

“What is the ceiling on Miguel Vargas? Superstar? Perennial All-Star? Above-average contributor? I’m excited to see him get an extended run and think very highly of his potential but am curious about how far I should place expectations. — Tae K.

It ultimately comes down to how Vargas’ bat evolves. If he’s a solid, quality hitter he’s going to bring a lot of value and be a big leaguer for a long time. If those line drives in the gaps turn into homers, he can have some All-Star-like seasons. If he walks at the same rate he strikes out, as he did at Triple A last year, and hits for power, he can be a fringe superstar so long as he’s not a defensive liability. I feel confident in saying he likely winds up a productive big leaguer.”

With as young and athletic as he is, Vargas will have all the time to progress. Between Double-A and Triple-A in 2021, he had 52 extra-base hits in 542 plate appearances, and last year he had 53 XBH in 520 Triple-A PA. 

The 23-year-old is also a standout because of the fact that he has one of the best hit tools out of the 2023 prospect class. Although he has room to grow defensively, he holds versatility in the ability to play at different positions including second base and left field.

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