All spring long Dodgers fans have been waiting to see the big time bat that Miguel Vargas was rumored to have. However, a fractured pinkie finger on his right hand kept the bat on his shoulder over the first few weeks of games.
However, on Thursday, he finally got the green light to swing… and he nearly went yard.
Vargas just missed a home run on an effortless looking swing in the first inning. The ball went for a ground rule double and the pent-up frustration quickly went to the wayside.
“It was so exciting to come here today and swing the bat,” he told SportsNet LA’s Kirsten Watson during a mid-game interview. “I wasn’t even thinking, that’s probably how I got that result. I had a lot of fun today. I’m glad that I can be back swinging.”
He added that even while he was unable to swing at pitches in games, he still treated each at-bat and each pitch seriously as a way of mentally working on his game. Vargas played in games even while that finger was healing so he could keep working at second base, a new position for the rookie out of Cuba.
“I feel great right now,” Vargas said of his transition to 2B. “I feel more comfortable every single day I go there.”
As the defensive game comes together for Miggy, the bat is something everyone has said was coming. He hit 32 doubles and 17 homers at Triple-A last year while posting an OPS of .915. In 2021 as a 21-year-old, he had 27 doubles and 23 bombs. So, the kid can hit. Now it’s all about staying healthy and putting it together at the big league level.
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