Alexander Vargas was signed by the New York Yankees as a free agent on January 2, 2013.
Making his professional debut, Alex started five games for the Dominican Summer League Yankees 2 affiliate (Rookie), pitching to a 0-0 record, and a 2.08 ERA. He struck out 13 and walked six.
Vargas made his stateside debut, throwing in Tampa, FL for the Gulf Coast League Yankees (Rookie) club. In 10 games (nine starts), the 203-pound right-hander fired 41.2 innings pitched. He went 2-4, posted a 4.97 ERA, and hitters batted .318 against him.
The 6’4” right-hander did not pitch due to a series of back issues.
The Santiago, Dominican Republic native enjoyed a breakout return season with the Staten Island Yankees (Single-A – Short Season) and Charleston RiverDogs (Single-A). Vargas combined to pitch 72.1 innings across 13 starts. Alex posted a 1.88 ERA and 4-0 record in Staten Island. In Charleston, he made his final nine starts pitching to a 2-3 record and 3.17 ERA. He fared much better against opponents, as they just hit .231 off him.