Twins recall slugger Kennys Vargas to take Sam Fuld's roster spot
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Kennys Vargas will get his shot.
After trading Sam Fuld to the Oakland Athletics for left-handed pitcher Tommy Milone, the Twins on Thursday recalled Vargas from Double-A New Britain.
Some outside the organization see Vargas, who turns 24 on Friday, as the DH of the future. But he has a lot to prove for that to be the case. The Twins have a logjam of good-bat, bad-glove players who could eventually be used as first basemen or designated hitters.
Vargas is a first baseman in the minor leagues, but long-term, it appears that's Joe Mauer's position. Vargas should get a chance in the final two months to play first base for the Twins, as long as Mauer (oblique) remains on the disabled list.
In 97 games for the Rock Cats this season, Varags has hit .281/.360/.472 with 17 home runs and 63 RBIs. His production earned him a roster spot in the All-Star Futures Game, where he played the whole game for the World Team at first base.
Vargas has drawn David Ortiz comparisons, because they're both big guys and are friends. Vargas' swing also looks very similar to Ortiz's, which Vargas said he picked up from watching YouTube clips.
But with just 405 plate appearances above High-A ball, those comparisons are premature. For now, Vargas is an intriguing prospect with power and on-base skills, but he's nowhere near the class of guys like Byron Buxton or Miguel Sano in terms of expected Major League impact.