Ildemaro Vargas
Ildemaro Vargas
30-Year-Old Second Baseman2B
Arizona Diamondbacks
2021 Fantasy Outlook
Vargas looked likely to make the Diamondbacks' Opening Day roster and indeed he did, but a 3-for-20 start got him designated for assignment Aug. 6. Minnesota brought Vargas in and played him for a bit while Luis Arraez was injured, but the Twins eventually followed suit and DFA'd Vargas on Sept. 2. Claimed by the Cubs, Vargas only logged nine PA for Chicago down the stretch around a stint on the IL with a right hamstring strain. It's nice that Vargas can move around the infield, but he has not actually graded out all that well defensively and he's shown little offensively. At press time, Vargas remains on the Cubs' 40-man roster, but it would not be a surprise if he ended up bouncing around the league again in 2021. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a one-year contract with the Cubs in February of 2021. Waived by the Cubs in May of 2021. Claimed off waivers by the Pirates in May of 2021. Traded to the Diamondbacks in June of 2021.
Clears waivers
2BArizona Diamondbacks  AAA
June 22, 2021
Vargas has been outrighted to Triple-A Reno after clearing waivers, Zach Buchanan of The Athletic reports.
ANALYSIS
Vargas has slashed a terrible .137/.200/.176 across 55 major-league plate appearances with the Diamondbacks, Cubs and Pirates this season. He didn't attract any interest on waivers after being DFA'd by Arizona on Saturday, so he'll continue to provide the club infield depth at Reno for the time being.
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Batting Order Slot Breakdown
vs Right-Handed Pitchers
vs RHP
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#2
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#4
#5
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vs Left-Handed Pitchers
vs LHP
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Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2019
 
 
+17%
OPS vs LHP
2021
 
 
+68%
OPS vs RHP
2020
 
 
+91%
OPS vs RHP
2019
 
 
+71%
OPS vs LHP
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2019vs Left .691 108 12 6 21 0 .225 .259 .431
Since 2019vs Right .592 212 24 1 12 2 .239 .274 .318
2021vs Left .269 23 1 0 3 0 .095 .174 .095
2021vs Right .452 32 4 0 3 1 .167 .219 .233
2020vs Left .381 30 3 1 1 0 .107 .167 .214
2020vs Right .726 24 3 0 2 0 .304 .292 .435
2019vs Left 1.025 55 8 5 17 0 .340 .345 .679
2019vs Right .600 156 17 1 7 1 .243 .282 .318
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2019
 
 
+10%
OPS at Home
2021
 
 
+208%
OPS at Home
2020
 
 
+2%
OPS on Road
2019
 
 
+3%
OPS on Road
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2019Home .658 142 16 2 18 2 .241 .282 .376
Since 2019Away .600 178 20 5 15 0 .229 .258 .341
2021Home .649 21 3 0 5 1 .263 .333 .316
2021Away .211 34 2 0 1 0 .063 .118 .094
2020Home .530 30 4 0 2 0 .185 .233 .296
2020Away .542 24 2 1 1 0 .208 .208 .333
2019Home .700 91 9 2 11 1 .253 .286 .414
2019Away .721 120 16 4 13 0 .281 .308 .412
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Stat Review
How does Ildemaro Vargas compare to other hitters?
This section compares his stats with all batting seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 400 plate appearances)*. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that stat and it would be considered average.

* Exit Velocity and Barrels/PA % are benchmarked against 2019 data (min 400 PA) and Hard Hit Rate is benchmarked against last season's data (min 400 PA). See here for more exit velocity/barrels stats plus an explanation of current limitations with that data set.
  • BB/K
    Walk to strikeout ratio
  • BB Rate
    The percentage of plate appearances resulting in a walk.
  • K Rate
    The percentage of plate appearances resulting in a strikeout.
  • BABIP
    Batting average on balls in play. Measures how many of a batter’s balls in play go for hits.
  • ISO
    Isolated Power. Slugging percentage minus batting average. A computation used to measure a batter's raw power.
  • AVG
    Batting average. Hits divided by at bats.
  • OBP
    On Base Percentage. A measure of how often a batters reaches base. Roughly equal to number of times on base divided by plate appearances.
  • SLG
    Slugging Percentage. A measure of the batting productivity of a hitter. It is calculated as total bases divided by at bats.
  • OPS
    On base plus slugging. THe sum of a batter's on-base percentage and slugging percentage.
  • wOBA
    Weighted on-base average. Measures a player's overall offensive contributions per plate appearance. wOBA combines all the different aspects of hitting into one metric, weighting each of them in proportion to their actual run value.
  • Exit Velocity
    The speed of the baseball as it comes off the bat, immediately after a batter makes contact.
  • Hard Hit Rate
    A measure of contact quality from Sports Info Solutions. This stat explains what percentage of batted balls were hit hard vs. medium or soft.
  • Barrels/PA
    The percentage of plate appearances where a batter had a batted ball classified as a Barrel. A Barrel is a batted ball with similar exit velocity and launch angle to past ones that led to a minimum .500 batting average and 1.500 slugging percentage.
BB/K
0.31
 
BB Rate
7.3%
 
K Rate
23.6%
 
BABIP
.184
 
ISO
.039
 
AVG
.137
 
OBP
.200
 
SLG
.176
 
OPS
.376
 
wOBA
.177
 
Exit Velocity
78.5 mph
 
Hard Hit Rate
31.6%
 
Barrels/PA
1.8%
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
2020
2019
Vargas began in the Cardinals organization before being sent to the Atlantic League, where Arizona found him a few years back. The switch hitter has been a premier contact hitter in the minors the past few years with an incredibly low strikeout rate, but he also shows little power so pitchers are often filling the zone against him. He has the skills to play multiple spots in the infield but is best suited to play second base. The bat-to-ball skills and the defensive chops should all but guarantee him a spot on the major-league roster in 2020, but there is little reason to think there is any upside here. What upside there may be would come from batted-ball fortunes from the BABIP gods. Arizona has been particularly prudent about when it chooses to steal bases and allowed Vargas just one successful attempt last year.
Vargas spent close to a decade in the minor leagues before making his debut for the Diamondbacks in 2017. Now 27, Vargas is getting a look in a utility role with Arizona. He's mostly served off the bench, starting just two of the Diamondbacks' first 16 games of 2019, but he's done reasonably well in his limited opportunities so far. Vargas has always been a slap-hitting infielder with middling power, failing to exceed even 10 homers during his time on the farm. He did once steal 21 bases in 22 attempts during a season (2016), but Vargas was just 10-for-14 on the basepaths at Triple-A Reno last year. This is a player who would project for maybe 10 homers and 10 steals if he were given a full season's worth of at-bats at the major-league level. It's not the kind of skill set worth speculating on in mixed leagues, as the upside is limited even if playing time were to open up.
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Designated for assignment
2BArizona Diamondbacks  AAA
June 19, 2021
Vargas was designated for assignment by the Diamondbacks on Saturday.
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Produces three RBI
2BArizona Diamondbacks  AAA
June 2, 2021
Vargas went 2-for-4 with three RBI in Wednesday's 7-6 loss to the Mets.
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Returns to desert
2BArizona Diamondbacks  AAA
June 2, 2021
The Diamondbacks acquired Vargas from the Pirates on Wednesday in exchange for cash considerations.
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DFA'd by Pittsburgh
2BPittsburgh Pirates  AAA
May 29, 2021
Vargas was designated for assignment by the Pirates on Saturday.
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Claimed by Pirates
2BPittsburgh Pirates  AAA
May 17, 2021
Vargas was claimed off waivers by the Pirates on Monday.
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