Dodgers infielder Miguel Vargas’ 2023 season didn’t get off to a particularly strong start, but that’s begun to change. The 23-year-old second baseman has been one of the more valuable players in fantasy over the past two weeks and he’s rewarded owners who held on to him after a slow April.
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A Look at Vargas
After the loss of Trea Turner this past winter, the Dodgers were set to let the young kids take over in Los Angeles. Infielder Gavin Lux was set to take over as the team’s shortstop, but that plan came to a halt when he tore an ACL in his knee this past spring. Miguel Vargas, meanwhile, looked prime to receive a regular role with the Dodgers. The high-prized prospect tantalized in the Minors thanks to a great sense of awareness at the plate, along with good power and contact skills.
It didn’t go too well for Vargas at the start of the 2023 season. Vargas owned just a .191 batting average as of April 19, despite a very strong .381 OBP. But after a slow start, Vargas has begun to pick up the pace. Since April 24, Vargas owns a .281 batting average with two homers, seven extra base hits, and eleven runs driven in. Those eleven RBI are tied for third-most in the Majors over the span, along with Byron Buxton, Brent Rooker, and Christian Walker.
On the season, Vargas is hitting .237/.363/.409 with two home runs, 15 runs batted in, and 16 runs scored. While those numbers aren’t eye-popping, the 23-year-old’s been excellent over the past two weeks. Since April 24, Vargas owns a .281 batting average with two homers, seven extra base hits, and eleven runs driven in. Right now, it looks like Vargas’ slump is over.
2023 Fantasy Outlook
Much like LaMonte Wade Jr. — whom we profiled earlier this week — of the Giants, it’s not easy to project Vargas’ fantasy value, mainly because Vargas usually bats in the lower half of the Dodgers lineup. That can be an issue in terms of RBI chances, but it hasn’t affected him just yet.
On the flip side, the tools and results over the past few weeks are exciting to see from the 23-year-old. Vargas does have the potential to be a quality infielder that can hit for average, power, and be a nice setter for the top part of the Dodgers lineup should he remain in the lower half of the order. Additionally, he does have some speed that should net him some swipes. Thus far, he has two steals on the regular season.
If you hung on to Vargas, it’s looking more and more like a smart decision.