MINNEAPOLIS -- One ball sailed well over the center field fence, nearly clearing the batters eye. Another almost dented a promotional pickup truck parked in right field. Both shots drew some oohs and aahs from nearby spectators.
Kennys Vargas showed during batting practice before Sunday's Futures Game that he can hit the ball a long, long way. But Minnesota already has seen what the 23-year-old prospect can do with the bat. Vargas knows that if he wants to return to Target Field someday, his glove will need to improve.
"I saw him at the breakfast this morning. You know what he said? The first thing. 'I'm really working on my defense,'" said former Twins manager Tom Kelly, who is managing the U.S. team in the Futures Game. "That's the first thing he said. That was unbelievable."
Vargas is currently playing first base for Double-A New Britain, two levels away from reaching the majors. Since signing with the Twins as an undrafted free agent in 2009, Vargas has been a bit raw defensivel...