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Dodgers News: Miguel Vargas Has Been Raking in Triple-A

Dave Roberts and the Dodgers organization had high expectations for Miguel Vargas when the rookie was placed in the starting lineup at second base to start the season.

However, things did not go as planned, as the rookie batted just .195 across 81 games. Perhaps a broken pinky suffered during spring training got in the way of Vargas’ ability to perform, but regardless, he wasn’t working in the majors.

The Dodgers made the tough decision to send Vargas back to Triple-A Oklahoma City to give the young player time to catch his breath and develop.

“There’s a piece of winning here and there’s also a piece of putting his mind where it needs to be, because clearly right now, he’s pressing. He’s never struggled like this,” Roberts said before sending Vargas back to the minor leagues.

Well, it seems that the demotion is just what Vargas needed, as the 23-year-old is averaging .462/.650/.538 in 13 at-bats across four games.

In Tuesday night’s win, Vargas had 4 hits and looked confident at the plate, driving in a run when the team was down early in the game.

Vargas’ first start in the minors was not anything to write about — with the infielder failing to record a hit. However, it seems that Vargas could be returning to the player we saw in spring training — a player good enough to make the starting lineup.

Roberts made it clear that Vargas was still a part of the Dodgers’ future after making the decision to demote the rookie.

“None of us saw this coming,” Roberts said. “I wanted to assure him that we didn’t lose faith in him. I thought this was the right thing for him. I think the injury to his right thumb and then trying to find his swing didn’t help the situation. Then you start scuffling and you’re not getting hits when you hit the ball hard. It sped up on him.”

If Vargas continues to perform in the minors, perhaps we will see him again before the season ends.

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Patrick Warren

Patrick Warren is a recent graduate of the University of Southern California who works to cover the Los Angeles Dodgers with Dodgers Nation. Warren is originally from Chattanooga, TN and is currently based out of Buffalo, NY.

One Comment

  1. Vargas is playing 2B in OKC. If/when they bring him back up will they play him at 2B and move Mookie back to RF? Mookie is good at 2B and is happier and hits more.
    I wonder what their plans are.

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