On the afternoon of this Wednesday, June 22, an unexpected news was generated when the Oklahoma City Dodgers made public the lineup with which they will be facing Round Rock Express in the second game of the series between the two ninths.
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The surprise was caused by the position in the field that was assigned to the Cuban prospect Michael Vargas, who was listed to start as the starting left fielder for the Dodgers affiliate. This would be the first time in his career that he would play in the outfield after more than 200 appearances in the Minor Leagues always occupying infield positions.
To date, Vargas has seen action in 247 games, of which he played 184 as a third baseman, a position that he was also seen defending in his short experience in the National Series, 28 defending second base, 13 at first base and 22 as designated hitter. . He never stood up on defense in any of the three outfield.
This innovative position could be a litmus test for the young player since the versatility to play in different sectors of the field is currently highly valued. Also, this decision coincides with a long-term injury to Dodgers first-team star Mookie Betts, who will miss a fair number of games.
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If he takes on this new role, the long-awaited debut of the son of the former Industriales star, Lázaro Vargas, at the highest level of Major League Baseball could be accelerated. Offensive skills he has shown so far to reach the goal, but becoming a more complete defensive player would undoubtedly be a great boost in his career to show up.
Miguel Vargas has played 65 games this season and is batting .282/.380/.487, with 11 home runs, 27 extra-base hits, 57 runs scored and 48 RBIs.
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