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Kennys Vargas | Designated Hitter

Team: Minnesota Twins
Age / DOB:  (24) / 8/1/1990
Ht / Wt:  6'5' / 289
Bats / Throws: Switch / Right
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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. May 17 - 6:42 PM

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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.
May 13 - 3:57 PM

Kennys Vargas is not in the Twins' lineup Sunday.

The Twins are starting Torii Hunter in the designated hitter spot and putting Eddie Rosario in right field. Vargas is batting just .247/.300/.355 this season.
May 10 - 11:01 AM

Kennys Vargas, out of the starting lineup despite six hits this month, homered off the bench Wednesday against the A's.

Oddly enough, it's Vargas's third homer in 19 at-bats as a first baseman. He's hitting .167 with no homers in 62 at-bats as a designated hitter. Of course, the Twins aren't going to have him and Joe Mauer switch spots anytime soon, so he's going to have to perform better at DH to stick in the majors.
May 6 - 11:30 PM

Kennys Vargas went 2-for-3 with a run scored against the White Sox on Friday.

Vargas singled to lead off the fifth inning and eventually came around to score when Jose Quintana uncorked a wild pitch. It ended up being the only run of the ballgame. Vargas has multi-hit games in two out of his last three, so perhaps he's starting to turn the corner. The 24-year-old is batting just .194 with 21 strikeouts in 72 plate appearances, so the clock might be ticking.
May 1 - 11:27 PM

Even with the rest of the lineup combining for 13 hits and 12 runs, Kennys Vargas went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts on Thursday.

Something similar happened Saturday, with Vargas going 0-for-5 with four strikeouts in a game in which the Twins scored eight runs. Vargas is hitting just .172 with one homer and four RBI in 64 at-bats. He could soon be sent down to Triple-A, with Aaron Hicks or Josmil Pinto replacing him.
Apr 30 - 11:16 PM

While the rest of the Twins were combining for eight runs, Kennys Vargas went 0-for-5 with four strikeouts Saturday against the Mariners.

The Twins would certainly prefer that Vargas start hitting, but they could really improve their outfield defense by sending Vargas to Triple-A and installing Oswaldo Arcia as their DH. It's something they'll have to weigh if Vargas doesn't figure it out over the next week or two.
Apr 26 - 12:58 AM

Kennys Vargas is not in the Twins' lineup Monday.

It appears to just be a day of rest. The Twins have the light-hitting Eduardo Escobar in the designated hitter spot against righty Edinson Volquez.
Apr 20 - 4:25 PM

Kennys Vargas went 2-for-4 with a two-run homer in a win over the Royals on Thursday.

His first home run of the season, it was an absolute laser shot which bounced off the facing of the second deck in the left field seats. The 24-year-old switch-hitter is batting .250/.300/.393 through eight games and has 20-homer potential if the at-bats are there this season.
Apr 16 - 4:53 PM

Kennys Vargas went 2-for-4 with an RBI single Monday against the Royals.

Vargas got the Twins on the board first in the home opener, but the good vibes quickly fizzled in what turned out to be a lopsided loss. The 24-year-old switch-hitter impressed in a small sample as a rookie last season and appears capable of 20-plus homers. He's hitting .238 (5-for-21) with a double through six games.
Apr 13 - 7:28 PM

Kennys Vargas is not in the Twins' lineup Sunday.

Also sitting against lefty Chris Sale are Oswaldo Arcia and Jordan Schafer, as the Twins are going with Eduardo Nunez in left field, Shane Robinson in center field and Eduardo Escobar at third base. Joe Mauer is in the designated hitter spot, with Trevor Plouffe sliding across the diamond to first base.

Kennys Vargas went 3-for-3 with a home run to lead the Twins to an 8-3 win over the Pirates on Friday.

Vargas is being looked at as the Twins' cleanup hitter, making him a huge key to the team's success this year. He has the power to finish with 25-30 homers and 90-100 RBI as long as the strikeout rate doesn't get too out of control.
Mar 13 - 5:54 PM

Kennys Vargas went 3-for-4 with a home run Tuesday, falling just a double short of the cycle, as the Twins came back to edge the Tigers 4-3.

It was the best chance the 275-lb. Vargas may ever get at a cycle, as he legged out his first triple in 180 at-bats in the fourth inning. He followed that with a solo home run in the sixth, his eighth homer of the season, but he grounded out in his final chance at the feat. Still, the three-hit night raises his line to .294/.311/.489 with 36 RBI in 43 games this season.
Tue, Sep 16, 2014 11:27:00 PM

Kennys Vargas hit his seventh home run of the season in Sunday's loss to the Angels.

Vargas was one of the lone bright spots for the Twins on what was otherwise a miserable afternoon. The homer was his seventh in 36 games since being promoted. Vargas has 33 RBI to go with a .303/.321/.493 line.
Sun, Sep 7, 2014 06:09:00 PM

Kennys Vargas hit his fifth home run of the season in Tuesday's loss to the White Sox.

Vargas connected on a Hector Noesi pitch in the first inning for a two-run homer, his first since August 21. Vargas has done nothing but hit since being promoted at the end of July, batting .315/.338/.492 with 28 RBI and 18 runs scored. He's now hit in 26 of 31 games thus far in his major league career.
Wed, Sep 3, 2014 12:49:00 AM

Depth Charts

C1Kurt Suzuki
2Chris Herrmann
1B1Joe Mauer
2B1Brian Dozier
SS1Danny Santana
2Eduardo Escobar
3B1Trevor Plouffe
2Eduardo Nunez
LF1Oswaldo Arcia
2Eddie Rosario
CF1Jordan Schafer
2Shane Robinson
3Aaron Hicks
RF1Torii Hunter
Starting Pitcher
S1Phil Hughes
2Ervin Santana
3Ricky Nolasco
4Kyle Gibson
5Mike Pelfrey
6Trevor May
Relief Pitcher
R1Glen Perkins
2Casey Fien
3Brian Duensing
4Tim Stauffer
5Blaine Boyer
6J.R. Graham
7Aaron Thompson
8Ryan Pressly