Of the three games he has started, the Mexican pitcher has looked very good with pin-point control of his fastball getting it up to 92+ mph. He also has a slider that breaks down and out of the strike zone against right handed batters and dives inside on lefties and keeps them off-balance.
He has managed to get out of trouble when needed and so far he presents himself as being very calm in the mound.
“There’s always going to be nerves,” the pitcher born in Oaxaca, Mexico said after the game. “But once you step on the mound and start pitching they go away, you have to feel nervous before pitching because is part of the game but I’ve been doing this for a long time now.”
The pitcher that grew up in Puebla, Mexico and whose winter ball rights belong to the Naranjeros of Hermosillo, has allowed one run in his first start, nothing in his second and the one lone run in today’s game.
He pitched six innings of four-hit ball, walking three batters and striking out three. Quality start? Yes it was.
“I’ve been in constant communication with the catchers since I got here, they’ve told me a lot of things and we’ve study every line up since I got called up to the majors, we put a lot of work before the games.”
It’s very early to say that he will become a premier pitcher after just only three starts, however the way he handles himself on and off the diamond makes you believe he can stay humble for many years.
We can only hope that he gets more chances to be part of a rotation that really needs more support from their hitters. The Padres shouldn’t let him go or trade him like it happened with Oliver Perez. The team needs to embrace their proximity to Mexico and allow the countries star players to excel with the Padres.
The 24-year-old Cesar Vargas has potential and a nice combination of pitches. Not only can he help the team on the field, but can also help the organization off it by making Mexican Padres fans smile. Something they’ve recently tried again and again to do, but alas something they had forgotten for many years.