Jonathan Vargas bio
Player: Jonathan Vargas
Jersey Number: 37
School: Louisiana Tech University
Hometown: Acarigua, Venezuela
Height, Weight: 6-4, 232
Best Baseball Memory: My first year in Casper.
Greatest Baseball Accomplishment: When I threw 96 mph.
Favorite Player Growing Up: Johan Santana because he is a humble guy.
Most Influential Player/Role Model: My mother because she helped me when I was starting my career.
Favorite Food: Steak.
Favorite Pregame Meal: Peanut butter and jelly and juice.
Off-field hobbies: Walk.
Favorite Movie or Book: “Man on Fire.”
Jonathan Vargas said he has plenty to learn.
He wants to learn how to pitch at a much higher level.
And he wants to learn how to fish.
“I don’t know how to fish,” Vargas said. “I’d like to learn. I think this would be a nice place to learn. I saw a couple rivers — I don’t know if we can fish there — but I’d like to learn here.”
Vargas did not pitch in 2011 after undergoing Tommy John surgery.
Before the surgery, Vargas said, he could throw 94–96 mph. Now he throws around 92.
“I was throwing in the Dominican, and I felt like my ligaments strained,” Vargas said.
And does he feel better?
“Oh, yeah,” Vargas said. “Much better.”
But last week Vargas was recovering from a latissimus dorsi strain, Rockies pitching coach Ryan Kibler said.
What makes Vargas special is his size and his changeup, Kibler said.
“He’s got a great arm and great stuff,” Kibler said. “We just want to fine-tune his mechanics, so he can repeat his delivery.”
In 2010, when he was named the Rockies’ 19th-best prospect, Vargas appeared in 22 games for Ashville, going 4-9 with a 6.53 ERA.
Vargas signed as a free agent with the Rockies in 2005.
“He’s got a good change-up,” Kibler said. “It’s fastball arm speed. That’s what we preach to him every day. The whole way it looks like a fastball, the arm speed of a fastball, the hitter is geared up for a fastball, until they find out there’s an 8–10 mph difference and they’re way out in front of it.”