#11 Juan Lagares:
What They Said – ‘Since signing at age 16 out of the Dominican, Lagares had moved slowly up the Mets’ ladder. He played at two levels in 2011 and actually hit for a higher average in Double-A, but he struggled to repeat that success at the same level in 2012. He makes consistent contact and doesn’t strike out much, but he also doesn’t walk and doesn’t profile to have too much power. A converted infielder, Lagares has done well in the outfield, even if his bat doesn’t profile perfectly for a corner spot.’
What I Thought – I thought that Lagares would need to develop power in a hurry to be of value to the Mets MLB club in any serious capacity. Sure he had a .873 OPS in A+ and a .903 in AAA for 2011, but did anyone see Lagares extra base hits and say, “This kid is a corner outfielder.”? No! He hits for average and can play around the OF (only sorta in center) and that means he’s no more than a 4th OF to me.
What We Got – A triple slash of .283/.334/.389, an OPS