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Fulshear junior left-handed pitcher Austin Vargas.
Texas A&M baseball coaches went to Crosby last Thursday to take a look at Fulshear junior left-hander Austin Vargas.
Vargas, initially a University of Houston commit, certainly fits the part of premier prospect physically. He stands 6-foot-7, 200 pounds. He is long and lean. Self-assured. But after he allowed no runs on two hits while striking out nine and walking seven in five innings to lead Fulshear to an area playoff Game 2 win over Crosby, Vargas showed the Aggies he had the raw talent as well.
A&M invited Vargas for a visit and officially offered him. It didn’t take long for Vargas to reciprocate the interest. Two days after that initial A&M evaluation, Vargas committed to the Aggies.
“After many coaching changes and many talks with my family, I decided to decommit (from UH),” Vargas said. “Texas A&M presented me with the opportunity to play against the best teams in the nation and use the best technology to stay healthy and perform at my best. I love the culture Coach (Jim) Schloss (Schlossnagle) is building and his history with going to Omaha (site of the College World Series).”
Committed! Gig\u2019Em @CoachSchloss @ncain39 @NateYeskie @NicoMoran @FiveStarPB @coachgetschmannpic.twitter.com/N8kJGx9lnC — Austin Vargas (@Austin Vargas)
Vargas had a breakthrough 2022 campaign. He finished 7-2 with a 1.99 ERA over 52 innings and a 3.1 strikeout-to-walk ratio (113 to 37) and helped lead the 20-11-1 Chargers to the area playoffs. He threw a perfect game against Terry in late April, striking out 17 Rangers on only 83 pitches in six innings.
Opponents barely hit better than .100 against Vargas, who tops out at 92 miles per hour on his fastball and sits around 89-91 mph. He has a devastating slider to accompany his fastball, and his curveball hovers around 78 mph.
“This year, I was most pleased to perform under pressure,” said Vargas, who went 2-0 in the postseason with 17 strikeouts and did not surrender a run on two hits in eight innings. “I’ve been in a lot of situations this year that aren’t easy to deal with and found a way to get out of it with no damage. The main thing I want to improve in my game is the ability to throw my off-speed for strikes whenever I want to.”
Round 1 3 IP 0 H 8 SO 0 R 3 BB. Sat 88-92!! @UHCougarBB @toddwhitting @CougarKiv23 @NicoMoran @FiveStarPB @TxHS_Baseball @coachgetschmannpic.twitter.com/4V1PDzEumM — Austin Vargas (@Austin Vargas)
Vargas will next play for his summer team and attend showcases. He plans to spend a lot of time at Performance Edge, where he trains, to get bigger and stronger.
“To dominate my senior year,” he said.
Vargas has big goals.
“I’m focused on getting Fulshear a state championship,” he said, “and getting to Texas A&M to help win a national championship.”
EVERYTHING JUSTIN VOSSOS HAS BEEN GIVEN, HE’S EARNED.
From his freshman year, when he led State Runner-up Ridge Point in hitting, to now, as he enters his senior campaign with a full-ride ticket to play at Texas A&M in the fall — Vossos works.
“There’s something about putting in all the work after hours and having success in the game that I have fallen in love with,” Vossos said. “A lot of people think my talent is just given, but they don’t know what I do behind the scenes.”
Behind the scenes he is getting up at 5:15 a.m. three times a week to work out. It means going to the field every day and putting in time with the bat or glove.
“What motivates me is seeing success, and looking at the long-term goal in my life, which is to make it to the MLB,” Vossos said. “I know that doesn’t come easy, so it motivates me to work my hardest every day and get better every single rep.”
The 6-foot, 185-pound shortstop hit .252 with 25 RBIs, 10 doubles, and had seven stolen bases for the Panthers last year. Vossos’s strengths are his aggressiveness and determination. His gifts are speed, quick-twitch muscles and hand-eye coordination.
Vossos worked on his strength during the offseason by lifting with trainer Eric Grimsley three times a week, then with a friend two other days. When he wasn’t lifting, Vossos was in the cages, honing his swing. And when he wasn’t in either of those places, he was on the field, perfecting his hands and footwork.
The work hasn’t stopped since being called up to varsity as a freshman after one junior varsity scrimmage.
“There was a junior in front of me and I just put in the work every day after practice to try and rn the starting spot,” Vossos said. “After a few long hard weeks, I showed Coach who I was, and he eventually gave me a chance one district game. I showed out, and ever since then I haven’t missed a game."