How did he get here?: Free agent, 2008
Stats: 6'1" 200 lbs, Bats: Right. Throws: Right
Age as of April 1, 2011: 19
Vargas spent his first two seasons in the Astros' organization behind the plate, but shifted to RF in 2010, and saw more of the same when at it. His OPS decreased 51 points from a shortened 2009 season, though he was repeating the GCL level.
Vargas was somewhat of a liability behind the plate, and even more so in right field, committing ten errors in 81 chances for an .877 Fld%.
What went right?
Vargas did improve from month-to-month, posting an OPS of .558 in June (5 games), .618 in July, and .672 in August.
What went wrong?
Vargas hit lefties pretty well - a .738 OPS in 38 ABs, but had a hard time with the RHPs, posting a .205/.260/.344 line in 122 ABs.
He also struck out 20 times in his final 20 games, and finished the season hitting .171/.275/.314 in his last ten games.
I don't know what the future holds for Jose Vargas, but he's had three seasons to show something. I don't know if he's done enough.