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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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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

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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

Kennys Vargas drove in five runs as the Twins routed the Tigers for the second game in a row in Saturday's win, the first game of a double-header.

The Twins were coming off of a 20-6 drubbing of the Tigers on Friday and kept it going on Saturday. Vargas knocked in a run with a double in the second inning, another run with a sacrifice fly in the third, then cleared the bases with a three-run double in the seventh. He finished 2-for-4 on the afternoon. The 24-year-old rookie continues to perform well, slashing .329/.366/.553 with four home runs and 22 RBI in his first 93 plate appearances as a major leaguer.
Sat, Aug 23, 2014 04:28:00 PM

Kennys Vargas went 3-for-4 with an opposite field homer off the Indians' Corey Kluber in the Twins' win Thursday.

Despite his willingness to chase pitches off the plate, Vargas is hitting .319 in 19 games since being called up. There's no doubting his power -- he didn't even get all of the ball he hit out today -- but it'll be interesting to see how long he continues to hit for average. He should remain an everyday guy for the Twins through the end of the season.
Thu, Aug 21, 2014 04:21:00 PM

Kennys Vargas had an RBI single, a double, and a two-run home run in four at-bats, but the Twins were out-slugged by the Royals in a loss on Sunday.

The 24-year-old rookie has performed well since making his big league debut at the start of the month. In 66 plate appearances, he has a .317/.364/.500 slash line with three home runs and 15 RBI.
Sun, Aug 17, 2014 06:31:00 PM

Twins recalled 1B Kennys Vargas from Double-A New Britain.

Vargas, 23, was batting .281/.360/.472 with 17 home runs and 63 RBI in 97 games this season at the Double-A level. He could see regular starts at DH but is doubtful to hold fantasy value outside of AL-only leagues.
Thu, Jul 31, 2014 11:09:00 AM

Twins first base prospect Kennys Vargas went 2-for-5 with a home run for Double-A New Britain on Tuesday.

The switch-hitting Vargas has hit a home run in each of his last three games, and five of his last nine, raising his season line to .321/.393/.538 with 12 doubles and 13 home runs. He has 29 walks (11.0 percent) and 42 strikeouts (16.0%) in 263 plate appearances, and could see time in Minnesota when rosters expand in September.
Wed, Jun 18, 2014 08:17:00 AM

Twins purchased the contract of 1B Kennys Vargas from High-A Fort Myers.

Vargas, 23, batted .267/.344/.468 with 19 home runs and 93 RBI over 125 games this past season. He's a switch-hitter with some power potential, so the Twins elected to add him to the 40-man roster.
Wed, Nov 20, 2013 04:09:00 PM

Depth Charts

C1Kurt Suzuki
2Chris Herrmann
1B1Joe Mauer
2B1Brian Dozier
SS1Danny Santana
2Eduardo Escobar
3B1Trevor Plouffe
2Eduardo Nunez
LF1Oswaldo Arcia
CF1Jordan Schafer
RF1Torii Hunter
2Shane Robinson
DH1Kennys Vargas
Starting Pitcher
S1Phil Hughes
2Ervin Santana
3Ricky Nolasco
4Kyle Gibson
5Tommy Milone
6Mike Pelfrey
Relief Pitcher
R1Glen Perkins
2Casey Fien
3Brian Duensing
4Tim Stauffer
5Blaine Boyer
6Mike Pelfrey
7J.R. Graham
8Aaron Thompson
9Caleb Thielbar