Fister replaces Vargas
As was noted in various quarters last night, Doug Fister was pulled after one inning from his start for the Rainiers. Initially it seemed like this might be because Vargas was simultaneously getting shelled, so the team thought it would need an emergency arm to spell the bullpen. So when Wakamatsu kept Vargas out there for 7 innings, the urgency seemed to have passed.
Today, however, it turns out that Fister is being brought up anyway, with Vargas being optioned to Tacoma. Fister, a 7th-round pick in 2006, is tall but relies more on good command (just 11 walks this year) than velocity. As a righthanded groundball pitcher instead of a flyball lefty, he’s basically the opposite of the guys currently filling out the rotation. Nevertheless, he’ll likely have a similar career as a back-end starter or long reliever, although we don’t know yet in which capacity he’s to be used in the immediate future.