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Kennys Vargas | First Baseman | #19

Team: Minnesota Twins
Age / DOB:  (26) / 8/1/1990
Ht / Wt:  6'5" / 289
Bats / Throws: Switch / Right
College: None
Drafted: 2009 / UDFA / MIN
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Twins optioned 1B Kennys Vargas to Triple-A Rochester.
Left-hander Adalberto Mejia was called up in the corresponding move. Vargas got off to a hot start with Minnesota but has slumped badly since the All-Star break (.206 in 68 second-half at-bats). The 26-year-old should have a chance to redeem himself when rosters expand next much. Aug 20 - 6:42 PM

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Starting for the first time in four days, Kennys Vargas hit a pair of homers Thursday in the first game of the doubleheader against the Astros.

Vargas has been terrific, but with Miguel Sano seeing most of his time at DH lately, there just hasn't been a lot of room for him. It's a particularly big problem now that Trevor Plouffe is back, since the Twins aren't willing to simply bench Plouffe (even though they probably should). As a result, Vargas and his 1.040 OPS will likely be out of the lineup more often than not.
Aug 11 - 4:30 PM

Kennys Vargas went 2-for-4 with a walk and scored twice on Saturday.

Both hits were doubles. In the five games since being called up from Triple-A, Vargas has hit .467/.556/1.200 with two home runs in 18 trips to the plate. He had a terrible spring training and got off to a slow start in the minors but has hit well of late. The Twins won't be able to take him out of the lineup until he cools off.
Jul 10 - 1:57 AM

Twins recalled DH Kennys Vargas from Triple-A Rochester.

Minnesota will hope Vargas can provide a spark of power with Trevor Plouffe landing on the disabled list in a corresponding roster move due to a cracked rib. Vargas was batting .255/.353/.435 with 14 home runs and 53 RBI through 82 games this season in Triple-A. He may have some AL-only fantasy appeal, but we wouldn't expect much in the way of consistent production.
Jul 4 - 10:34 AM

Twins optioned DH Kennys Vargas to Triple-A Rochester.

Vargas had just two hits in 24 at-bats this spring, but he wasn't going to make the team regardless after the club signed Byung-Ho Park. He could wind up being trade bait.
Mar 18 - 9:16 AM

Kennys Vargas went 0-for-2 with a strikeout on Wednesday and is 1-for-14 so far this spring.

The Twins would have sold Vargas to Korea over the winter had he wanted to go, but they weren't willing to set him free and try his luck with another major league team. As a result, he's almost certainly Triple-A bound to begin the year. He's behind both Byung-Ho Park and Oswaldo Arcia at DH, and unlike Arcia, Vargas has options remaining.
Mar 9 - 3:52 PM

A person with direct knowledge of the situation told the St. Paul Pioneer Press that Kennys Vargas is drawing interest from at least one team in the Korean Baseball Organization.

The Twins won the blind bid for Korean first baseman Byung-Ho Park earlier in November, which makes Vargas somewhat expendable. The 25-year-old slugger could see his contract sold to an interested party in the KBO, though Twins vice president of player personnel Mike Radcliffe called the early reports "speculative." Vargas showed promise in 2014, hitting .274/.316/.456 with nine homers and 38 RBI across 215 at-bats. His numbers took a dip this last season, though, as he slashed just .240/.277/.349 with five homers and 17 RBI in 175 at-bats (58 games) with the big club.
Tue, Nov 17, 2015 09:19:00 PM

Twins recalled DH Kennys Vargas from Triple-A Rochester.

There was some optimism about Vargas coming into the year, but he has batted just .245/.277/.365 over 166 plate appearances with the Twins this season. He'll provide some pop off the bench.
Tue, Sep 1, 2015 03:06:00 PM

Twins optioned DH Kennys Vargas to Double-A Chattanooga.

Vargas had one hit in three at-bats on Wednesday, pushing up his season line to a still-awful .245/.277/.365. The Twins will not announce a corresponding roster move until Thursday, but there's been speculation that they could call up Miguel Sano.
Wed, Jul 1, 2015 03:38:00 PM

Kennys Vargas had a big night as the Twins routed the White Sox on Monday, finishing 4-for-4 with an RBI single and a three-run home run.

Vargas rapped an RBI single as part of a five-run fourth inning, then drilled a three-run homer to kickstart a five-run sixth inning. Entering the night, Vargas had recorded only six hits in 36 plate appearances since getting recalled from Triple-A. He's batting .248/.283/.379 on the year with five home runs and 15 RBI.
Mon, Jun 22, 2015 11:32:00 PM

Kennys Vargas hit a walk-off home run to seal Thursday's 2-1 win over the Cardinals.

The way both staffs were pitching, it seemed this game might last a while, but unfortunately for the Cardinals, Kennys Vargas must have had dinner plans. He launched a game-ending homer off of reliever Carlos Villanueva with two outs in the ninth inning to send the fans home happy. Vargas had been hit-less in each of his last four games prior to finishing Thursday's contest 2-for-4. After an early season demotion, he hit .327/.414/.551 for Triple-A Rochester over 15 games before receiving a call-up on June 7. The results have been mixed-negative since his return to the major leagues, but he should continue to see at-bats.
Thu, Jun 18, 2015 04:36:00 PM

Kennys Vargas went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts against the Rangers on Friday.

Vargas is 3-for-15 (.200) since being recalled from Triple-A this week. He has struck out twice in all four games.
Fri, Jun 12, 2015 11:44:00 PM

Twins recalled 1B Kennys Vargas from Triple-A Rochester.

The 24-year-old slugger opened the season as the Twins primary designated hitter and cleanup batter but slashed a mere .250/.297/.365 with 10 RBI in 28 games before his demotion in mid-May. He appears to have figured something out at Triple-A, hitting .327/.414/.551 with three homers and eight RBI in his 15 games. He should see plenty of at-bats in the middle of the Twins lineup and is worth a look in deeper mixed leagues.
Sun, Jun 7, 2015 05:40:00 PM

Twins optioned 1B Kennys Vargas to Triple-A Rochester.

The 24-year-old has been a bit of a disappointment for the Twins this season, hitting just .250/.297/.365 with three homers and 10 RBI in 28 games, so he'll head down to Triple-A to get everyday at-bats while Eduardo Nunez returns from the disabled list. Vargas should find his way back to Minnesota before long.
Sun, May 17, 2015 06:42:00 PM

Kennys Vargas is absent from the Twins' lineup Wednesday.

Vargas is hitting .368/.415/.447 versus lefties this season, but he's being benched here against Kyle Lobstein. Eduardo Escobar is in the designated hitter spot instead.
Wed, May 13, 2015 03:57:00 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Kurt Suzuki
2Juan Centeno
1B1Joe Mauer
2B1Brian Dozier
SS1Eduardo Escobar
2Jorge Polanco
3B1Trevor Plouffe
LF1Robbie Grossman
CF1Eddie Rosario
2Danny Santana
RF1Max Kepler
DH1Miguel Sano
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Ervin Santana
2Kyle Gibson
3Hector Santiago
4Pat Dean
5Andrew Albers
6Phil Hughes
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Brandon Kintzler
2Ryan Pressly
3Trevor May
4Michael Tonkin
5Taylor Rogers
6Buddy Boshers
7Tommy Milone
8JT Chargois
9Glen Perkins
10Ryan O'Rourke
11Pat Light
12Alex Wimmers