Kennys Vargas

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Kennys Vargas
Minnesota Twins – No. 19
Designated hitter / First baseman
Born: (1990-08-01) August 1, 1990 (age 26)
Canóvanas, Puerto Rico
Bats: Switch Throws: Right
MLB debut
August 1, 2014, for the Minnesota Twins
MLB statistics
(through August 11, 2016)
Batting average .263
Home runs 20
Runs batted in 68
Teams

Kennys Vargas (born August 1, 1990) is a Puerto Rican professional baseball designated hitter and first baseman for the Minnesota Twins of Major League Baseball (MLB).

Vargas has been compared to David Ortiz due to their similarities in size. Vargas stands 6'5" tall and weighs about 275 pounds.[1][2][3]

Early life[edit]

Vargas was born in the municipality of Canóvanas, already being larger than the average local population with a length of 22 and a half inches and a weight of ten pounds.[4] He was raised by his mother, teacher Elsa Gautier, who was divorced by the time that he was three years old and was left in charge of all his sustenance.[4] During his youth, the family lived near a baseball park, where he joined his brother Jeronys and learned the game by the time that he was four.[4] After beginning in the district of Río Piedras, Vargas continued playing in his native Canóvanas.[4] Due to his size, he also played basketball during his school years, but at the urging of his mother (who saw potential for him to go professional) he selected baseball.[4] In the process, Vargas declined an invitation to a major high school basketball tournament in 10th grade.[4] Now invested in developing as a baseball player, he requested a trip to watch the New York Yankees play for his 15th birthday.[4] After going undrafted in the 2008 Major League Baseball draft, Vargas decided to enroll in an independent baseball academy in the Dominican Republic, where he spent the following months until the Minnesota Twins invited him to an evaluation.[4] In February 2009, the organization signed him as an amateur free agent with a signing bonus that neared $100,000.[4]

Career[edit]

Vargas made his professional debut in 2009 with the Gulf Coast Twins. He also played for the Gulf Coast Twins in 2010. Vargas played the 2011 season with the Elizabethton Twins. He was hitting .322/.377/.489 with six home runs over 44 games, when he was suspended 50 games for a violation of the Minor League Drug Prevention and Treatment Program.[5] After his suspension was over in 2012 he played for the Beloit Snappers. In 41 games he had 11 home runs and a 1.030 on-base plus slugging (OPS). Vargas played for the Fort Myers Miracle in 2013.[6] In 125 games he hit 19 home runs. He was added to the Twins 40-man roster on November 20, 2013.[7] Vargas started the 2014 season with the Double-A New Britain Rock Cats.[8] In July he played in the All-Star Futures Game.[9][10]

Vargas made his MLB debut on August 1, 2014,[11] and hit his first career home run off Jesse Hahn five days later, on August 6, leading the Twins to a 3-1 victory over the Padres.[12]

Vargas was named the AL Player of the Week for the week of July 4, 2016 to July 10, 2016.[13]

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