Instead, when rosters are announced Tuesday, the biggest beneficiary of those high-profile absences figures to be Double-A
Entering Monday's play, the switch-hitting first baseman ranked among
The 6-foot-5, 275-pound first baseman also has drawn praise within the organization for his progress in field, where he had made 58 starts through Sunday.
"Really big boy, and he's doing very well," Gardenhire said. "Playing a good first and swinging very well."
While it might be a stretch to say Vargas' defense is now a strength, his improvement arc is impressive nonetheless.
"He's actually had to really work hard on that," Gardenhire said. "That's a part of his game that needed a lot of improvement. We saw that in spring, but he worked really hard. He's doing better."
After hitting just three homers during a frigid April in the Northeast, Vargas has heated up considerably. He was batting .322 with 14 homers and 57 RBIs through the weekend, and those numbers would be even better if his home park were more hitter-friendly.
Vargas, who turns 24 on
Class A Fort Myers right fielder
Vargas, meanwhile, has struck out just 45 times in 255 at-bats while drawing 32 walks. He has six homers in June, including four in five games, after going 14 games without leaving the yard.
If Vargas doesn't get the expected call for the World Team, the
May and/or Meyer would pitch for
The hard-throwing Puerto Rican ranked seventh in the league in ERA, second in strikeouts (90) and was third in strikeout rate per nine innings (10.51).
Berrios, who would play for the World team, had yet to allow more than three earned runs in any of his 13 starts. Over his past five outings he had posted a 45/5 strikeout/walk ratio. He turned 20 on
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