Ildemaro Vargas, second baseman, Reno
One of the last cuts in spring training, Vargas drew the praise of Torey Lovullo, the Diamondbacks field manager.
After hitting. 354 in 49 games for Reno last season, Vargas stepped into spring training and turned heads. Though he could not combat the traffic jam with Chris Owings and Nick Ahmed at short, and Jake Lamb at third, Vargas might be one player to watch.
In his first 13 games with Reno, the native of Maturin, Venezuela hit. 352 with one homer and drove in six runs. Clearly not a power hitter at 6-0 and 170 pounds, Vargas does not strike out often. In 198 ABs with Reno last season, Vargas fanned only 13 times. Before his promotion to the Triple-A level, Vargas hit .276 at Mobile, but hit .321 at Kane County to close the 2015 season.
Originally signed by the St. Louis Cardinals in 2008, he was signed by the Diamondbacks as a minor league free agent in May, 2015.