FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Kennys Vargas has heard the comparisons before, and he's flattered.
"I hear a lot, 'You like Big Papi,'" said Vargas, a first baseman in the Twins organization. "I think I try to do my job like Kennys Vargas. I like him. He's my favorite player. I don't try to look like him. I just try to do my job."
Big Papi, of course, is Red Sox slugger David Ortiz, who once donned a Twins uniform before becoming a larger-than-life star in Boston. Vargas is a long way from being a star, let alone playing in the majors, but he's definitely turning some heads this spring in Minnesota's camp.
He did so, in fact, before even playing in a spring training game. His home runs seemed to travel farther than those of his Twins teammates. Once the games began last week, Vargas' batting practice bombs drew plenty of oohs and aahs.
He exhibited that power last year with High-A Fort Myers, hitting 19 homers in 125 games with the Miracle. That's in part why Vargas was added to the Twins' 40-...