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April 5, 2017 02:44 PM
Padres' Cesar Vargas: Sent to Double-A
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Vargas cleared waivers and will report to Double-A San Antonio.

Vargas made the jump from Double-A to the majors last season, but the Padres brass ultimately decided he could use a bit more seasoning at that level. If he pitches well with the Missions, however, he very well could find his way up to Triple-A fairly quickly.

April 1, 2017 08:56 AM
Padres' Cesar Vargas: Cast off 40-man by Padres
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Vargas was designated for assignment Friday.

He was removed from the 40-man roster to make room for recently-acquired pitching prospect Jake Esch. The 25-year-old Vargas pitched well this spring, posting a 2.70 ERA despite a lofty 2.40 WHIP in a pair of appearances in big league camp. This comes as somewhat of a surprise, as he managed to make the jump from Double-A to the majors last year, but it seems that Vargas will have to settle for being an organizational depth piece for the time being.

March 7, 2017 02:52 PM
Padres' Cesar Vargas: Sent down to Triple-A
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Vargas has been sent down to Triple-A El Paso on Monday, officially removing him from the competition for the starting rotation.

Vargas was already considered a dark horse in the race, so this move shouldn't come as much of a surprise. The 25-year-old will start the year with Triple-A El Paso and wait for an opportunity to open at the MLB level.

February 21, 2017 04:15 PM
Padres' Cesar Vargas: Will have to earn spot on roster as starter
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Vargas will have to make the roster as a starter, AJ Casavell of reports.

Vargas returned from the Mexican Winter League ready to compete for a roster spot this spring. It appears as though the Padres are taking a "starter or bust" approach with the 25-year-old, ruling out the possibility of making the roster as a reliever. Even with the Padres' lack of talent in the starting pitching department, it would be hard to consider Vargas a favorite to win one of the remaining rotation spots. He showed some promise as a reliever as recently as 2015 in the Yankees' organization (2.79 ERA over 67.2 innings with Double-A Trenton), but San Diego seems dead set on making him a starter.

October 22, 2016 01:14 PM
Padres' Cesar Vargas: Will pitch in Mexico this winter
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Vargas (forearm) will pitch in the Mexican Winter League this offseason, the Padres' official site reports.

If all goes as planned for Vargas this offseason, it is expected that he'll be in a large competition for a rotation spot in San Diego during spring training, but the 25-year-old may be considered a long shot at this point to earn one of the five starting jobs for Opening Day.

July 1, 2016 05:56 PM
Padres' Cesar Vargas: Has been transferred 60-day DL
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Vargas (forearm) was transferred to the 60-day disabled list Friday.

Vargas was originally placed on the 15-day DL on May 29 due to right elbow soreness that was revealed as a flexor strain. He has been shut down for the past month and will likely return in late July barring any setbacks. Prior to his injury, Vargas had posted a 5.03 ERA with a 1.65 WHIP in 34 innings of work during his rookie season.

June 2, 2016 06:46 PM
Padres' Cesar Vargas: To be shut down three weeks with flexor strain
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Vargas' MRI on Wednesday revealed a flexor strain and he will be reevaluated in three weeks, Dennis Lin of the Union-Tribune reports.

Vargas landed on the disabled list Sunday due to some soreness in his pitching elbow, and the MRI when the team returned to San Diego revealed a flexor strain. The timetable at this point is for him to be shut down for three weeks before being reevaluated in late June.'s AJ Cassavell reports that the hope around the team is that Vargas can avoid undergoing surgery.

May 30, 2016 03:00 PM
Padres' Cesar Vargas: To undergo MRI
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Vargas (elbow) will undergo an MRI when the team returns to San Diego on Wednesday, Dennis Lin of the San Diego Union Tribune reports.

Vargas was examined by team doctors Sunday after his placement on the DL, but the results don't seem to have been conclusive. The MRI results should determine whether or not Vargas suffered any structural damage, but Padres fans will have to wait a few days for official word.

May 29, 2016 02:04 PM
Padres' Cesar Vargas: Placed on DL with shoulder issue
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Vargas was moved to the 15-day disabled list Sunday due to right elbow soreness, Dennis Lin of the San Diego Union-Tribune reports.

While an official replacement hasn't been named,'s AJ Cassavell pegged Colin Rea as the likely candidate. Vargas lasted just 1.2 innings Saturday while allowing seven runs on six hits and two walks, suggesting something could be wrong. That appears to be the case, and he'll now turn his focus to getting healthy for a return from the disabled list, with June 13 serving as his first eligible day for activation.

May 29, 2016 01:32 PM
Padres' Cesar Vargas: Suffers worst defeat of season Saturday night
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Vargas (0-3) was blasted out of the game after just 1.2 innings in Saturday's loss to the Diamondbacks, allowing seven runs, six hits and two walks while striking out one.

Suffering the worst defeat of his major league career, Vargas' ERA ballooned from 3.34 to 5.03, and his WHIP was inflated to a season-high 1.65. He'll look to rebound when he takes the hill for his next start on Thursday against the Mariners.

May 22, 2016 03:56 PM
Padres' Cesar Vargas: Quality start versus Dodgers
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Vargas allowed just two runs with seven strikeouts and one walk across seven strong innings Saturday versus the Dodgers. He did not factor into the decision as the game went to extra innings.

Vargas delivered his strongest start of the season Saturday, setting season-highs in innings pitched and strikeouts, although his club wasn't able to secure him the win. He sports a solid 3.34 ERA through seven starts, but he'll need to continue limiting the baserunners going forward in order to trim down his 1.48 WHIP. Vargas will next toe the rubber Friday at Arizona.

May 15, 2016 06:54 PM
Padres' Cesar Vargas: Receives no decision Sunday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Vargas allowed two runs on eight hits while striking out seven over five innings, but received no decision Sunday at the Brewers.

Vargas allowed a pair of solo homers, and although he left the game with a one-run deficit, the offense picked up the Padres, taking them off the hook for a potential loss. He's now held opponents to two or fewer runs in four of his five starts, and his ERA is at 3.55. He'll make his ensuing start next weekend against the Dodgers.

May 11, 2016 04:18 AM
Padres' Cesar Vargas: Gives up six runs in loss to Cubs
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Vargas gave up six runs in 10 hits and three walks over four innings in a loss to the Cubs on Tuesday. He struck out one batter.

The Padres' hitters were almost able to take Vargas off the hook for the loss against the Cubs' bullpen, but the early hole Vargas dug proved too much. As a result of the poor outing, Vargas' ERA more than tripled, going from 1.10 to 3.54. He'd gone at least five innings and allowed one run or fewer in each of his first three starts, so this outing isn't likely to affect his standing in the rotation, but prospective mixed-league owners need not look further than his 13:12 K:BB in 20.1 innings.

May 9, 2016 09:00 PM
Padres' Cesar Vargas: Will start Tuesday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Vargas will get the start in Tuesday's tilt with the Cubs, Dennis Lin of the San Diego Union-Tribune reports.

Vargas was originally scheduled to start Monday's matchup with the Cubs, however it was postponed due to bad weather. The game will be made up in a double-header Wednesday. Vargas will simply slide back a day and pitch Tuesday. The 24-year-old rookie sports an impressive 1.10 ERA in three starts this season.

May 9, 2016 08:40 PM
Padres' Cesar Vargas: Monday start postponed
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Vargas' Monday start against the Cubs has been postponed, Mark Gonzales of the Chicago Tribune reports.

Monday's game will be made up Wednesday during a doubleheader, but Vargas' start will likely be pushed back to Tuesday.

May 5, 2016 01:13 PM
Padres' Cesar Vargas: Continues impressive start to rookie campaign
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Despite earning the first quality start of his career, Vargas (0-1) took the loss Wednesday against the Rockies. He pitched six innings, allowing one run, four hits and three walks while striking out three.

The 24-year-old rookie from Mexico has been surprisingly effective since being called up from Double-A San Antonio on April 23. Sporting a beautiful 1.10 ERA, Vargas has earned the right to keep the fifth spot in the rotation, left vacant by Robbie Erlin (elbow), but his 1.35 WHIP suggests that ERA is not nearly sustainable. Potentially deserving of a spot in NL-only leagues for now, Vargas will get a tough test in his next start when he takes the hill Monday against the Cubs.

April 30, 2016 03:19 PM
Padres' Cesar Vargas: Receives no decision Friday
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Vargas allowed no runs on four hits and three walks while striking out six over 5.1 innings in a no-decision against the Dodgers on Friday.

Vargas left the game with a one-run lead, but the bullpen promptly gave up a run to take away his opportunity for a win. Although he's yet to pitch six innings in either of his two starts, he's only allowed a single run over 10.1 innings to give him a 0.87 ERA. However, he's been a bit lucky that he's held opponents down, as he owns a 1.45 WHIP. His next start will be Wednesday against the Rockies.

April 25, 2016 09:21 PM
Padres' Cesar Vargas: Makes Second Start Tuesday
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Vargas will make his second start Friday against the Dodgers, Dennis Lin of the San Diego Union-Tribune reports.

Vargas had an impressive major league debut against St. Louis on Saturday, allowing just one earned run in five efficient innings after being recalled from Double-A San Antonio. The right-hander shut down one of the best hitting lineups in baseball before Stephen Piscotty homered to lead off the sixth. With Robbie Erlin (elbow) on the mend, Vargas likely needs another solid outing to maintain his spot in the rotation, however.

April 23, 2016 04:59 PM
Padres' Cesar Vargas: Recalled from Double-A
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Vargas was recalled from Double-A San Antonio on Saturday, reports.

The Padres temporarily freed up a roster spot by placing Alexi Amarista (hamstring) on the DL, and they'll use it to add the right-hander, who will get the start Saturday night against the Cardinals. It will be Vargas' first action in the major leagues.

April 22, 2016 06:53 PM
Padres' Cesar Vargas: Will make MLB debut Saturday
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Vargas will be recalled to start Saturday against the Cardinals.

Robbie Erlin's placement on the DL with an elbow strain has created an opening in the Padres' rotation, one which Vargas will fill at least for one turn. The 24-year-old will make the jump from Double-A San Antonio after posting a 1.42 ERA and 14:1 K:BB in 12.2 innings to begin the 2016 campaign. Vargas spent the last two seasons working out of the bullpen in the Yankees' system.

Situational Stats
vs Arizona 1.201 37.80021
vs LHB 17.200 3.570719
vs RHB 16.100 6.61089
Last 7 Games
Minor League Pitching Stats
2009R-Dsl Yankees1 36.016002133011393.501.389
2010R-Dsl Yankees2 39.014202223410372.081.205
2011R-Dsl Yankees1 71.0151505408528462.411.042
2012AFX-Charleston Riverdogs 9.222000084103.911.522
2012R-Gcl Yankees 36.11120322308362.991.219
2013AFX-Charleston Riverdogs108.1222214508335863.251.119
2013AFA-Tampa Yankees 12.1330030982311.902.562
2014AFX-Charleston Riverdogs 29.21700023317272.771.164
2014AFA-Tampa Yankees 40.027004011457262.480.825
2015AAA-Scranton/Wilkes-Barr 5.130000111067.061.177
2015AA-Trenton Thunder 67.243006046522652.811.295
2016AA-San Antonio Missions 12.222000014151.480.492

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Puebla Puebla, Mexico
San Diego Padres

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