When the Dodgers announced their roster for the National League Division Series on Tuesday morning, the closest thing to a surprise was rookie Miguel Vargas making the team over veteran Hanser Alberto.
Los Angeles star Justin Turner was asked about Vargas during his media availability on Tuesday, and he had a lot to say about the excitable youngster.
“He’s been incredible since he’s been up here, just having conversations with guys, talking about it. I was talking to him the other day, and he’s like, ‘Man, this is completely different than what I imagined the major leagues were. I’ve never been a part of a team that is a team, right? I’ve never been a part of that.’
“He’s like, ‘It’s just been awesome every day coming in and getting a chance.’
“I mean, you get to talk to some pretty good hitters, right? Mookie Betts, Freddie Freeman, Trea Turner, Will Smith. You go up and down the lineup. Max Muncy. There’s a lot of knowledge, a lot of good information. Vargy has been unbelievable at being a sponge and soaking it all in. I have a feeling he is going to take some good at-bats for us, some big at-bats for us.”
Vargas’s hit tool was the main reason manager Dave Roberts chose him over Alberto, but that sponge-like enthusiasm for learning and growing as a ballplayer surely made the decision easier. Having veterans like Turner and the others to learn from can only help his progression as a player.
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