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Kennys Vargas | Designated Hitter | #19

Team: Minnesota Twins
Age / DOB:  (25) / 8/1/1990
Ht / Wt:  6'5" / 289
Bats / Throws: Switch / Right
College: None
Drafted: 2009 / UDFA / MIN
Contract: view contract details

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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

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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

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.
Sun, May 10, 2015 11:01:00 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.
Wed, May 6, 2015 11:30:00 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.
Fri, May 1, 2015 11:27:00 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.
Thu, Apr 30, 2015 11:16:00 PM

Depth Charts

C1Kurt Suzuki
2John Ryan Murphy
1B1Joe Mauer
2B1Brian Dozier
SS1Eduardo Escobar
2Eduardo Nunez
3Jorge Polanco
3B1Trevor Plouffe
LF1Eddie Rosario
CF1Danny Santana
RF1Miguel Sano
DH1Byung-ho Park
Starting Pitcher
S1Phil Hughes
2Ervin Santana
3Kyle Gibson
4Ricky Nolasco
5Jose Berrios
6Tyler Duffey
7Alex Meyer
Relief Pitcher
R1Glen Perkins
2Kevin Jepsen
3Trevor May
4Casey Fien
5Michael Tonkin
6Ryan Pressly
7Fernando Abad
8Ryan O'Rourke
9Tommy Milone