- Full name Carlos Jose Vargas
- Born 03/18/1999 in Moca, Dominican Republic
- Profile Ht.: 6'3" / Wt.: 170 / Bats: R / Throws: R
Organization Prospect Rankings
The Mariners made Vargas the gem of their 2015 international class when they signed him for $1.625 million as a 16-year-old. Vargas, the younger brother of Diamondbacks minor league righthander Emilio Vargas, has a broad-shouldered build with strong wrists that help him generate exceptional raw power, which projects to plus and shows up in games. He hit two home runs in the MLB international showcase prior to signing, finished tied for third in home runs in the Dominican Summer League in his pro debut and was the MVP of the DSL all-star game after hitting a two-run triple. He did that while playing a better-than-expected shortstop that included highlight-reel plays on par with the system's top defenders. Vargas' below-average speed and sizable frame make him a probable third baseman once he fills out, but his power and excellent plate discipline should allow him to project at acorner. Vargas could face another season in the DSL in 2017 before moving to the Rookie-level Arizona League, though he could follow the path of Brayan Hernandez and Christopher Torres and head to the U.S.