Major League Debuts as Minnesota Twins – Vargas, Ruiz, Baptist, Watkins, & Coomer

Kennys Vargas

Kennys Vargas (1B) – August 1, 2014 – Signed by the Minnesota Twins as an amateur free agent on February 25, 2009 – Debuted on his 24th birthday at U.S. Cellular Park in a Twins 10-8 loss to the White Sox. Vargas went 1 for 5 with a double, a run scored and 2 RBI. Happy Birthday Kennys!

Randy Ruiz

Randy Ruiz (1B) – August 1, 2008 – Signed as a Free Agent with the Minnesota Twins on November 16, 2007. Debuted at the Dome in a 4-1 win over the Indians. Ruiz started at DH and went 1 for 3 with a run scored.

Travis Baptist

Travis Baptist (P) – August 1, 1998 – Drafted by the Minnesota Twins from the Toronto Blue Jays in the 1996 rule 5 draft. Debuted in a Twins 10-9 loss to the Blue Jays at the Dome. Baptist pitched the ninth inning for the Twins and had a tough go of it allowing two runs on 3 hits in his lone inning of pitching.

Scott Watkins (P) – August 1, 1995 – Drafted by the Minnesota Twins in the 23rd round of the 1992 amateur draft. Debuted at Jacobs Field and helped to protect a Twins 6-5 lead in the ninth inning by facing one batter and retiring him.

Ron Coomer (3B/1B/OF) – August 1, 1995 – Traded by the Los Angeles Dodgers with a player to be named later, Greg Hansell and Jose Parra to the Minnesota Twins for Mark Guthrie and Kevin Tapani on July 31, 1995. The Los Angeles Dodgers sent Chris Latham (October 30, 1995) to the Minnesota Twins to complete the trade. The Coom Dog debuted at Jacobs Field in the same game that Scott  Watkins did. Coomer’s debut however came as a pinch-hitter with one out and two runners on and Coomer hit into a double play ending the Twins threat.

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