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2024 Batting

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Batting Average
HR
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Runs Batted In
OPS
On-base Plus Slugging
SB
Stolen Bases
Regular Season .294 0 4 .782 1

Top Ildemaro Vargas News

  • Nationals' Ildemaro Vargas: Tough night on basepaths

    Vargas went 2-for-3 with an RBI but was caught stealing twice in Friday's loss to the Astros.

    Starting at third base and batting ninth, Vargas had another good showing at the plate, but it was his misadventures on the basepaths that stood out in a 5-3 loss. He was picked off at second base by Justin Verlander and caught in a rundown in the third inning, then was thrown out trying to steal second base in the eighth. Vargas is batting .323 (10-for-31) with a 5:3 BB:K through 11 games and has been seeing semi-regular playing time around the infield, but Friday's performance won't endear him to manager Dave Martinez.

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  • Nationals' Ildemaro Vargas: On base four times Monday

    Vargas went 1-for-2 with three walks, a double, a run scored and two RBI in Monday's win over the Giants.

    Getting the start at shortstop with CJ Abrams (finger) sidelined, Vargas continued a hot start to the season that has seen him go 7-for-20 (.350) with three doubles, three RBI, three runs, a stolen base and an impressive 5:2 BB:K. The 32-year-old utility player has already seen action at four different positions this season -- four games at second base, three at shortstop, and one each at third base and left field -- and even once Abrams returns to the lineup, Vargas might see more playing time than expected as long as he's contributing at the plate.

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  • Nationals' Ildemaro Vargas: Swipes bag Wednesday

    Vargas went 1-for-2 with a double, an RBI and a stolen base in Wednesday's win over the Pirates.

    The utility player pinch ran for Victor Robles (hamstring) in the second inning and stayed in the game to play left field, picking up his first RBI, first extra-base hit and first steal of 2024. Vargas has appeared in three games so far and done so at three different positions, also seeing action at second base and third base. His most consistent path to playing time will come as Luis Garcia's platoon partner at the keystone, but after he saw a career-high 286 plate appearances in 2023, Vargas might be headed for an even bigger role this season while bouncing all over the diamond. Whether the 32-year-old does anything with the opportunity is another question, though -- he has a career .248/.289/.368 slash line in the majors.

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  • Nationals' Ildemaro Vargas: Should open season in utility role

    Vargas appears set as the Nationals' primary utility infielder to begin the season.

    A big spring from prospect Trey Lipscomb created some drama toward the end of camp as to who would claim the final roster spots, but Vargas' job seems secure after Lipscomb was reassigned to minor-league camp Tuesday. With Luis Garcia and Nick Senzel both question marks at second base and third base, Vargas could see more playing time than expected in the early going, but he offers little fantasy upside after slashing .252/.304/.363 over 286 plate appearances for the Nats in 2023.

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  • Nationals' Ildemaro Vargas: Sitting again Saturday

    Vargas isn't in the Nationals' lineup Saturday against Atlanta, Mark Zuckerman of MASNSports.com reports.

    Vargas will remain on the bench for the second straight game Saturday after going hitless in his last two contests. Carter Kieboom will once again start at third base and bat seventh.

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  • Nationals' Ildemaro Vargas: Out of Friday's lineup

    Vargas isn't in the Nationals' lineup Friday against Atlanta.

    After putting together a four-game hitting streak last week, Vargas has since gone 0-for-6 with three strikeouts over his last two games. He'll hit the bench Friday with Carter Kieboom starting at third base and batting sixth.

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Player Bio

HT/WT: 6-0, 195 lbs
Birthplace: Caripito, Venezuela
Age: 32
Experience: 4
Bats/Throws: S, R