Originally written on Mets Merized Online  |  Last updated 8/30/13
We all know the deal by now: Juan Lagares is pretty good in the outfield. No, scratch that — he’s probably the best defensive center fielder I have seen on the Mets since Carlos Beltran. He takes great routes to balls, accelerates with ease, and packs a cannon for an arm. He’s always been touted as a potential prospect in the Mets system and the guys here at MMO have always liked him as well. When I ranked him in our Top 25 in the offseason last year, I distinctly remember Joe D. getting into an argument defending the call…and well, looks like it worked out okay. In fact, he’s actually forcing me to learn some new stats to describe how good he is. My colleague Xtreemicon explained the “ARM” stat to me, which Juan Lagares leads the league in. Basically, it’s a stat, plus or minus like WAR, that gives credit to outfielders based on how runners react to their fielding. Runners can stay, take an extra base, or get thrown out — so the stat accounts for runners staying put or not taking ...
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