Carlos Vargas halts winter ball plans after getting big league call: Guardians Takeaways - Bihari Gyan

Carlos Vargas halts winter ball plans after getting big league call: Guardians Takeaway

CLEVELAND, Ohio — Guardians rookie Carlos Vargas was selected earlier this week by Tigres del Licey in the Dominican Winter League’s first-year player draft.

The right-hander was finishing up his pregame throwing program at Triple-A Columbus on Thursday

 when he approached Clippers pitching coach Rigo Beltran about whether or not he would be allowed to pitch during the winter ball season.

Betran asked the right-hander if he would rather be pitching in the US or in the Dominican, goading him by asking where he would make more money.

“I said ‘In the US,’ and he said ‘Well congratulations, you’re going to the big leagues,’” Vargas said.

The conversation echoed a talk Vargas had with his father earlier in the week.

“When I got chosen by del Licey, my dad told me ‘You’re not going to pitch for them, you’re going to pitch in the major leagues,’” Vargas said.