- Bats Right, Throws Right
- Height 6' 0", Weight 170 lb.
- High School Indio Santa Fe High School
Pitcher Martin Vargas has played at least eight years in the minors, three in the Japan, one in South Korea and one in Taiwan.
Vargas debuted in 1996 as a position player for the DSL Co-op team and hit .223 with 12 RBI. He moved to the mound in 1997 and went 3-5 with a 2.45 ERA for the DSL Indians. In 1998, Martin was 1-4 with a 10.01 ERA in 7 starts for the Columbus RedStixx and 3-7, 4.76 for the Burlington Indians. The Baseball Almanac that year lists him as Martin Bautista . He tied for the Appalachian League lead in losses with four other hurlers.
In 1999, Vargas was 6-3, 4.95 for Columbus and 6-1, 2.76 with two saves in 20 games for the Kinston Eagles. Moving up to AA (and now listed as Vargas), he struggled with the 2000 Akron Aeros, going 10-8 with 7 saves and a 5.42 ERA in 53 games as a busy man out of the bullpen.
Vargas pitched 54 games in 2001 to lead members of the Cleveland Indians farm system. He appeared 32 times for Akron (1-5, 9 Sv, 5.63, .325 average) and 22 for the Buffalo Bisons (0-3, 4 Sv, 2.93). He began 2002 with Buffalo and was effective (3-2, 8 Sv, 2.31 in 22 games) as the primary closer and drew attention overseas. The Chunichi Dragons signed the right-hander.
With Chunichi in 2002, Vargas was 2-4 with a 3.33 ERA in 8 starts. While he was not near staff aces Kenshin Kawakami and Kenta Asakura, he did outperform quality veterans Shigeki Noguchi and Masahiro Yamamoto.
In 2005, Vargas was 10-8 with a 5.06 ERA for the pennant-winning Samsung Lions. While he was not one of their aces in the regular season, he threw five shutout innings in game three of the Korean Series in a 6-0 victory as part of a 4-game sweep.
Martin's stops in 2006 included the Potros de Tijuana (0-1, 9.00 in 4 games) and the La New Bears (1-0, 7.33 in 3 games). The Kansas City Royals signed him to a minor league deal in the end of the year but he does not appear to have pitched in their chain. He was 0-2 with a 5.56 ERA for Estrellas in the 2006-2007 Dominican League. In the 2007 Pan-American Games, Vargas started against the home Brazilian team and threw five shutout innings in a win. It was the lone victory for the Dominicans.
Vargas signed with Bologna in Italy for 2008.
Sources: 2007 KBO Official Encyclopedia, Japan Baseball Daily by Gary Garland, Japanesebaseball.com, 1999-2007 Baseball Almanacs, Pat Doyle's Professional Baseball Player Database, CPBL database by KT Choi, MLB.com report of Vargas signing with the Royals, 2006-2007 Dominican League stats, 2007 Pan-American Games