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19 Kennys Vargas DH
Height/Weight: 6-5/289 | Birthdate: 8/1/1990 | Birthplace: Canovanas, Puerto Rico | Bats/Throws: S/R | Team: Minnesota | College: None | MLB Experience: 2 | Owned/Started%: 45/18 | Average Draft Position: 224.09
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Twins 1B Vargas raises eyebrows with Thursday blast


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(4/16/2015) Twins first baseman Kennys Vargas didn't just hit a home run Thursday against Kansas City. He sent a missile off the facade of the second deck.

The baseball left the yard in quite a hurry and tied a game Minnesota eventually won. The homer gave his team momentum, but it also opened a few eyes.

"It was fast, yeah," Vargas told ESPN about the speed in which the ball rocketed out. "The first base coach, he told me, like, 'Wow! I've never seen that.'"

Vargas added a single to raise his batting average to .250 on the year.


Twins' Vargas, Plouffe have good track record vs. Indians' Kluber


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4/16/2015) When the Twins and Indians open a three-game series Friday, Cleveland will be sending ace Corey Kluber to the mound. Twins DH Kennys Vargas and third baseman Trevor Plouffe have fairly good history against the 2014 AL Cy Young award winner.

Vargas went 4 for 11 (.364) with one double, one home run and two RBI against Kluber last season, while Plouffe is batting .360 (9 for 25) with one double, two home runs and seven RBI in his career against Kluber.

Kluber is 4-2 with a 4.01 ERA in 10 career starts against the Twins. He went 2-1 with a 2.70 ERA in three starts against the AL Central foe last season and is 2-1 with a 4.66 ERA in five starts at Target Field.


Twins' Vargas, Santana tweaking swings from both sides of plate


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(4/14/2015) Twins switch hitters Kennys Vargas and Danny Santana are both working to calibrate their swings from both sides on a daily basis, according to the St. Paul Pioneer Press on Wednesday. 

"I never feel 100 percent from both sides of the plate," said Vargas. "When my right side is good, my left is like 50 percent. It's never the same. I try to maintain both swings, but it's tough."

Vargas is hitting .400 (4 for 10) against left-handers and .091 (1 for 11) against right-handers this season. Santana is batting .250 (3 for 12) against right-handers and .167 (2 for 12) against southpaws.

"I never feel good from both sides," Santana said. "It's always better from one side than the other. Never the same."


Twins' Oswaldo Arcia, Kennys Vargas out of lineup Sunday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/12/2015) Twins outfielder Oswaldo Arcia and designated hitter Kennys Vargas are not in the starting lineup for Sunday's game against lefty Chris Sale and the White Sox.

The team is going righty-heavy against Sale, with Joe Mauer, who is serving as the team's designated hitter Sunday, the only lefty in the lineup. Third baseman Trevor Plouffe moves across the diamond to play first base, while Eduardo Escobar and Eduardo Nunez enter the lineup in place of Arcia and Vargas.

The Twins are underdogs (+135) against the White Sox Sunday, per VegasInsider.com.


Twins lineup set for Opening Day


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(4/5/2015) Twins manager Paul Molitor posted the team's starting lineup for Monday's Opening Day game against the Tigers.

The Twins will face LHP David Price with the following lineup: 

Danny Santana SS, Brian Dozier 2B, Joe Mauer 1B, Torii Hunter RF, Kennys Vargas DH, Trevor Plouffe 3B, Oswaldo Arcia LF, Kurt Suzuki C, Jordan Schafer CF. Phil Hughes will be the starting pitcher.


Twins Kennys Vargas wants to be all-around player


by Dave Peters | CBSSports.com
(3/25/2015) Twins designated hitter Kennys Vargas is trying to work on his all-around game, according to Twincities.com.

Manager Paul Molitor recognizes the power that Vargas has at the plate, but wants him to work on his swing-path.

"We all know he can hit them extremely far," Molitor said, "but that's part of the swing-path things we're working on with him so he doesn't come around the ball too much. He didn't keep it fair that much, but he did."

Although Vargas is currently the team's designated hitter, Molitor wants to be sure he is ready to play first base behind Joe Mauer.

"I don't want him to get comfortable with that idea," Molitor said. "We all know that's probably a role that he would most likely fill than any other. We're trying to be creative with ways to keep him sharp defensively. I've been putting him out there as much as I can."

Molitor also recognizes that Vargas is improving as a fielder.

"He's obviously better," he said. "I've seen Kennys for a lot of years over on the other side. He's put the time in, but he's not overly mobile and he needs to build his stamina where he can play defense for 150-200 pitches a game."


Twins' Kennys Vargas already training at team's ST complex


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(2/4/2015) Twins designated hitter Kennys Vargas is already training at the team's spring-training complex in Fort Myers, Fla., despite the fact that position players aren't required to report until Feb. 27, MLB.com reports.

"I'm prepared," Vargas said. "I'm going to Spring Training to compete. I'm going to compete to be the DH and the backup to [Joe] Mauer. So I'm excited for that. I have to take advantage of the opportunity the Twins give me and do my job."

Vargas has been committed to his conditioning this offseason while working to improve his agility in order to improve his defense at first base. He is aiming to follow up a quality debut in 2014 with a better campaign in 2015.

"I'm focused on this year," Vargas said. "I want to do the same work I did last year, but I always try to go for more. Every year, I learn a little bit more. I want to help us win more games than last year."

Vargas hit .274/.316/.456 with nine home runs and 38 RBI in 215 at-bats with the Twins in 2014 while finishing with a .281/.360/.472 line and 17 home runs in 356 at-bats at the Double-A level.


Kennys Vargas blasts ninth home run Friday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/20/2014) Twins desginated hitter Kennys Vargas went 2 for 5 with a solo home run in his team's 5-4 win over the Indians Friday.

Vargas has homered twice in his last three games while delivering six hits in 14 at-bats. On the negative side, he added three strikeouts to his two hits Friday. Vargas owns a .295/.310/.495 with nine home runs and 37 RBI in 190 at-bats.


Kennys Vargas homers in second straight game Wednesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/4/2014) Twins designated hitter Kennys Vargas went 2 for 5 with a home run and three RBI in his team's 11-4 win over the White Sox Wednesday.

Vargas has been on a roll recently, homering in back-to-back games while going 9 for 26 over his current six-game hitting streak. He grabbed an RBI on a fifth-inning single before smacking a two-run home run one inning later. Vargas has hit .319/.340/.511 with six home runs and 31 RBI in 135 at-bats. Despite the high rate stats, he still owns an ugly 37:4 K:BB ratio.


Hitters to start in Week 23


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(8/31/2014) Looking for a sleeper hitter for Fantasy Week 23 (Sept. 1-7)? Yan Gomes, Kennys Vargas, Dustin Ackley, Trevor Plouffe, Erick Aybar and Jorge Soler are all considered "starts" for the upcoming scoring period.

Find out why in the latest Start and Sit Hitters.


Kennys Vargas not a finished product


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(8/26/2014) Kennys Vargas has his strengths for sure. The most obvious is ... his strength. He can hit the ball out of the park and has done so four times in his first 95 at-bats.

But that projects to, what, 24 homers in 600 at-bats? It certainly isn't why he's the No. 4 first baseman in Head-to-Head leagues since arriving Aug. 1. And that worries me.

It worries me because if it's supposed to be his strength, then other, less sustainable aspects of his game are carrying him, leaving him vulnerable to collapse.

I don't think it's at all a stretch to say he won't keep hitting .337. He has already struck out 27 times in those 95 at-bats, and with only four walks. Once opposing pitchers pick up on his tendencies, they'll take advantage of his aggressiveness. To put it another way, his .424 BABIP is ridiculous.

Vargas has also accumulated 23 RBI in only 23 games. The law of averages says that won't last even before you apply the correction in batting average. Cut those two measurements down to size, and Vargas is looking more like a Kendrys Morales-type player.

Which may seem unfair to those only familiar with the 2014 version of Kendrys Morales, but basically all I'm saying is Vargas is a serviceable corner infielder at this stage of his career, nothing more. You can ride him while he's hot, but ultimately he won't measure up to first basemen like Justin Morneau and Matt Adams.


Kenny Vargas stays on fire in another taming of Tigers


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(8/23/2014) Twins emerging first baseman Kennys Vargas certainly made the most out of his two doubles Saturday in a second straight rout of Detroit.

Vargas drove in one with his double in the second inning and cleared the bases with another in the seventh. He added a sacrifice fly to give him five RBI in the game and 10 in the last seven combined. Vargas has seven hits in the last three games to improve his stat line to .326/.366/.553.


Kennys Vargas' stock going up


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(8/21/2014) I've got to hand it to Al Melchior: His predictions this year have been spot-on.

To say I didn't like Kennys Vargas would be inaccurate. Back on Aug. 5, I touted him under the headline "Kennys Vargas could surprise people." But I wasn't willing to endorse him over Kendrys Morales and Steve Pearce, as Al did Thursday morning on the Fantasy Baseball Today podcast.

So of course that afternoon, Vargas goes 3 for 4 with a homer. The timing is incredible.

I'm still not willing to endorse him over Morales, who has a steady track record, or Pearce, who CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman spoke enthusiastically about on Thursday's Fantasy Baseball Today, but he's now officially surprised people. No "could" about it.

Given his strikeout rate, his batting average could be in for a steep regression, but I think Vargas deserves at least as much hype as C.J. Cron got earlier this season. His ownership rate reached 56 percent at one point. Vargas' is currently 35.


Kennys Vargas goes deep Thursday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8/21/2014) Twins designated hitter Kennys Vargas went yard Thursday against the Indians. 

Vargas struck in the bottom of the fourth inning. He took a 93 mph sinker from Corey Kluber out to left for a solo shot. Vargas would also double and single during the outing. He finished 3 for 4, with two runs scored and one RBI. 


Kennys Vargas has 15 RBI in 15 games since promotion


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(8/18/2014) Twins rookie first baseman/DH Kennys Vargas doubled, homered and drove in three runs during a 12-6 loss Sunday against the Royals. He finished 3 for 4 with two runs.

Vargas gave Minnesota a 1-0 lead in the first inning with an RBI single off Jeremy Guthrie. He came back in the fifth inning to cut the deficit to 9-4 with a two-run homer off Guthrie.

Vargas has hit safely in all but three of 15 games since his promotion from the minors. He is batting .317 with three home runs, two doubles and 15 RBI.


Kennys Vargas connects for second career HR


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(8/13/2014) Twins rookie first baseman/DH Kennys Vargas connected for his second career home run during a 10-4 loss Tuesday at Houston. It was a solo home run off fellow rookie Mike Foltynewicz in the ninth inning.

Vargas has hit safely in 9 of 11 games since his promotion from the minors. He is batting .283 with a .340 on-base percentage, .435 slugging percentage, .775 OPS, one double, two home runs and nine RBI. He has also struck out 15 times and drawn just two walks.


Kennys Vargas hits first major league homer in Tuesday win


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(8/6/2014) Emerging Twins rookie first baseman Kennys Vargas ran his hitting streak to begin his major league career to four games by playing the role of hero in a Tuesday night defeat of San Diego.

Vargas slammed a three-run homer in the sixth inning to provide the entire offense in the win. He is 6 for 18 with a .556 slugging percentage and has earned the cleanup spot for the Wednesday game against the Padres.


Kennys Vargas could surprise people


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(8/5/2014) Chances are most mixed-league owners won't have reason to pick up Kennys Vargas this year. He plays the deepest position in Fantasy and wasn't a particularly high-profile prospect coming up through the Twins system.

But at 6-feet-5, 275 pounds, he looks every bit like a power hitter and made good on it with 17 home runs in only 356 at-bats at Double-A New Britain. And while he isn't exactly Joey Votto at the plate, he isn't a swing-at-everything type either. His flaws as a hitter aren't so evident that they preclude him from holding down an everyday job.

So why the lack of hype? Well, in addition to being big, he's slow. And not exactly agile. His shortcomings may confine him to a DH role long term, kind of like another big, slow, lumbering type who the Twins decided wasn't worth the trouble named David Ortiz. You think they'll make that mistake again?

Ortiz was actually Vargas' favorite player growing up, and now he's become a mentor of sorts. According to an MLB.com report from back in spring training, the two are in frequent contact, so the similarities between them go beyond just size.

Owners in AL-only leagues should have already added Vargas, and owners in mixed leauges will want to keep tabs on him as a possible Khris Davis-like sleeper for next year.


Kennys Vargas gets tall order in major league debut


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(8/1/2014) The Twins have wasted no time throwing first base prospect Kennys Vargas into the fire. He is in the lineup Friday night against White Sox stud left-hander Chris Sale a day after his promotion.

Vargas skipped the Triple-A level in getting called up. He compiled a .281/.360/.472 stat line for Double-A New Britain this season with 17 home runs.


Kennys Vargas gets the call Thursday


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(7/31/2014) The Twins have called up first base prospect Kennys Vargas Thursday to replace Sam Fuld on the active roster, as first reported by FOXSports.com.

Vargas, a 23-year-old, has 17 home runs at Double-A New Britain this season, after hitting 19 at Class A a year ago. He is hitting .281/.360/.472 in 356 at-bats overall. 


Twins make several roster moves Sunday


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/9/2014) The Twins made a slew of roster moves Sunday. The team announced pitchers Logan Darnell, Edgar IbarraBrooks Raley and Trevor May were optioned to Triple-A Rochester. 

The Twins also announced first baseman Kennys Vargas was optioned to Double-A New Britain, while infielder Jorge Polanco  and outfielder Max Kepler  were optioned to Class A Ft. Myers.

The Twins also reassigned pitchers Alex Meyer, Lester Oliveros and Yohan Pino, catchers Kyle KnudsonMatt Koch  and Stuart Turner, outfielders Byron Buxton  and Chris Rahl  and infielder Miguel Sano to minor-league camp.


Twins add four to 40-man roster


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(11/20/2013) The Twins added first basemen Max Kepler and Kennys Vargas, middle infielder Jorge Polanco and pitcher Logan Darnell to the 40-man roster Wednesday.

Kepler hit .237/.312/.424 with nine home runs and 40 RBI in 236 at-bats with Class A Cedar Rapids. Vargas hit .267/.344/.468 with 19 home runs and 93 RBI in 457 at-bats with high Class A Fort Meyers. Polanco hit .308/.362/.452 with five home runs and 78 RBI in 465 at-bats for Class A Cedar Rapids.

Darnell went 10-10 with a 3.22 ERA, 1.33 WHIP and 120:45 K:BB ratio in 153 2/3 innings between Double-A New Britain and Triple-A Rochester.


Kennys Vargas slugging away at Class A


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4/11/2013) Twins first base prospect Kennys Vargas is slugging .500 through six games for Class A Fort Myers. The 22-year-old infielder has a home run, three doubles and three RBI.

In 165 career games, Vargas is batting .307 with a .386 on-base percentage, .509 slugging percentage and .895 OPS. He is not ranked among the Twins' top-20 prospects by MLB.com, but Baseball America considers Vargas the team's 29th-best prospect.