Juan Lagares is covering lots of ground in center field and Mark Simon of ESPN New York has the clear and convincing evidence of just how much better Lagares has been over every other Mets center fielder.
“The average center fielder makes an ‘out of zone’ catch every 14 innings,” he says. “Juan Lagares has made one every seven innings, basically amounting to one per game.”
“Those catches add to Lagares’ value, though they’ve come at a cost of letting some balls drop in within his zones. The net payoff has been good, particularly when you factor in that he’s also thrown out four baserunners attempting to take an extra base. And the Mets are adjusting to the player they have.”
“It changes a lot when you’ve got a center fielder who can go get it in center field.” ~ Terry Collins
When we released our Top 25 Mets Prospects in January I ranked Lagares No. 21 which agitated some prospect aficionados. He was left off many a list, but in Lagares I always saw a tremendous toolsy athlete