Drafted in the 28th round (855th overall) out of the University of West Florida, Daniel Vargas-Vila got his first taste of the post-season as a professional when he started Game 2 of the Pioneer League playoffs. It was a must-win for the team, as the Owlz had lost Game 1 the night before.
Vargas-Vila was up for the challenge. He had a perfect game going until 1 out in the 7th inning. After giving up a single, Vargas-Vila retired the next batter to finish the night with just 1 hit and no runs allowed. The Owlz went on to win the game 5-2, and will continue their playoff drive today for a must-win Game 3 at 4:00. Fans can listen to the game by clicking here.
Unfortunately, Vargas-Vila fell about 4 IP short of qualifying for the Pioneer League’s ERA leaders. His 3.54 ERA on the season would have placed him second in the league and his 1.25 WHIP would have placed him 6th in the league had he qualified. For the season, Vargas-Vila finished with a 1-3 record, a 3.54 WHIP and 56 Ks in 56.0 IP. He only allowed 57 hits and 13 walks.
Over the summer, AngelsWin.com caught up with Vargas-Vila to find out more about him as a pitcher and how he’s making the adjustments to playing professional baseball.
Click below to watch the interview.