July 24, 2021

2019 Arizona Diamondbacks Review: #22, Ildemaro Vargas (AZ Snakepit)

  • zRating: 5.95
  • Age: 28
  • 2019 Stats: 269/.299/.413, 88 OPS+(B-Ref) 82 wRC+ (Fangraphs)
  • 2019 Salary: Minimum, Pre-arbitration
  • 2020 Status: Pre Arbitration – Out of Options


After flaming out of the Cardinals farm system, Venezuelan middle infielder Ildemaro Vargas went through independent ball before being picked up and signed by the Diamondbacks. Vargas would slowly rise through the system, making a name for himself, particularly with his stinginess when it came to strikeouts. Vargas in the minor-league for Arizona has struck out at most 8 percent each season. In 2018, in his third stint with AAA Reno, Vargas put up a .311/.348/.445 triple slash line, good for a 107 wRC+ (though it is worth noting that his numbers were trending downward from .312/.355/.462 and 111 wRC+ in 2017, and .354/.418/.449 and 138 wRC+ in 2016)

Prior to 2019, Ildemaro Vargas had all of 26 games and 33 plate appearances under his belt between 2017 and 2018, with just eight hits.

2019 Review

Vargas started out the season in the major leagues and appeared in three games (with only one a start), collecting just a hit (a double) before being optioned down to Reno on April 1st.

After Jake…

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