June 5 will go down in history as a famous and magical day in the Varga family. Many of young baseball players were excited to hear their names called in the draft that day, but Varga did one better, first hurling a no-hitter for his Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy squad and then getting a call from the Tampa Bay Rays hours later informing him that he was their second round draft pick.
The first part of Varga’s daily double came in an Ohio Division III state semifinal against Orrville High. The senior ace struck out 17 – that’s all but four of the outs he needed in the entire game – en route to an overpowering 3-0 no-hitter that earned Cincinnati Hills Christian a state final berth. The no-hitter kept Varga’s season ERA at a perfect 0.00.
Varga is the epitome of a power pitcher, mixing a fastball and solid breaking ball to keep batters uncomfortable. As noted by MaxPreps, this was the official Rays franchise take on Varga’s skill set:
“Well-built strong right-handed pitcher out of the Cincinnati area,” Rays scouting director R.J. Harrison said. “Power fastball, power breaking ball, an advanced ability to pitch. Just a good young power pitching prospect.”
According to Cincinnati network WCPO, Harrison and other pro scouts almost certainly had their interest piqued by Varga’s dominant senior campaign. In his final prep season, Varga has accumulated a 10-0 record with a whopping five no hitters. Even more impressively, Varga struck out 33 consecutive batters at one point, an incredible 11 more than the prior national record.
With Varga unavailable to pitch in the state title game less than 24 hours later, Coldwater High knocked off CHCA, ending Varga’s season on a sour note off the mound.
Now the 6-foot-3 bruiser is almost certain to sign professionally with a franchise that has a track record of developing and rewarding their most talented young players, and finding success with them.