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Dodgers News: Dino Ebel Praises Rookie Miguel Vargas, ‘Hardest Worker on the Team’

It doesn’t matter how talented of a player you are, everyone struggles at some point during their rookie season in the majors. There will always be growing pains but it’s how players overcome those that define who they will be. Miguel Vargas had some of his biggest struggles earlier this season adjusting to life as a major leaguer, but he has started to round into form a bit of late.

His bat has started to come alive lately, but he knows that he can’t settle. Every day is a new journey for the young player and he needs to keep working to keep his spot in the starting lineup. However, even during the issues at the plate, Vargas never gave up and found ways to contribute. He is determined to find success and it has been apparent to those around the team on a consistent basis.

Third base coach Dino Ebel spoke to Jack Harris of the LA Times about Vargas and the strides that he has made so far this season.

“Hardest worker on the team. He gets it. He’s absorbing it,” Ebel said. “And slowly, every day, we got to find a way to get better.”

Ebel has started to work with Vargas more consistently and any time he asks the rookie what his biggest goal is, Vargas responds that he wants to be the best defender on the team.

So far, he has shown that he is more capable of a defender than many thought entering the season but he still needs work in the area. His extra time spent with the coaching staff has helped and will continue as the year goes on. It’s the little things that are going to help Vargas get to where he wants to be on the Major League level, but he has all the tools to get there and just needs to keep grinding and putting it all together.

Vargas has continued to work and it’s been showing in his production. It’s a learning curve for rookies at this level but Dave Roberts believes in Vargas and sees the potential that is there. On the year so far, he is hitting .233 with six home runs, 28 runs batted in and a .763 OPS.

“I think they’ll both get to the [level of] consistency that big league ballplayers get to, at some point.”

Dave Roberts on Vargas and rookie outfielder James Outman

Vargas is still only 23 years old and has a lot to learn. But luckily for him, he plays for a team with a ton of great talent and mentors to learn from. The Dodgers were excited to see what he could do with a full season and so far, it’s been going well for the rookie.

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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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