If you miss the Dodgers as I do, you can’t wait till the start of the 2023 season. There are many things to look forward to, and one of those things is the rise of Miguel Vargas.
Vargas was a common fixture toward the end of the regular season. In 47 at-bats in the majors, Vargas slashed .170/.200/.255 with a .455 OPS, and even though those numbers aren’t eye-popping, you see Miguel’s talent.
The 22-year-old also made the cut for the postseason roster, but he didn’t get an at-bat. The Dodgers needed a spark, and I believe Vargas would’ve given that to the team, but that’s a discussion for another topic.
The Cuban native played in left field and first base for the Dodgers in 2022; however, he is more than capable of playing second and third base.
And Vargas could easily take over that third base spot. Dodgers long-time third baseman Justin Turner has a club option for 2023, and if the Dodgers decide not to pick it up, then Vargas would be the one to benefit from that potential move.
The main reason the Dodgers are so high on the 22-year-old is his abilities in the batter’s box.
In a bigger sample size, in the minors, Vargas slashed .304/.404/.511 with a .915 OPS in 438 at-bats and 113 games played in Triple-A. He had 17 home runs, 82 RBIs, and 16 stolen bases.
It will be exciting to see Vargas’ role going into 2023. I expect a considerable role and possibly starting at third base come Opening Day.
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