Found December 01, 2011 on Mets Merized Online:
The Mets first signed Juan Lagares out of the Dominican Republic as an IFA in 2006, just two months after his 17th birthday. At the time Lagares was a highly regarded hitter who also happened to be a shortstop. He spent that first professional summer learning the basics in the Dominican Summer League. The smart move for 2007 would have been to start Lagares out in rookie ball, since he was only 18. But the man calling the shots at the time for the Mets, Tony Bernazard, has never been accused of being very smart. Bernazard’s legacy as Met farm director is not a good one. He not only had a terrible attitude, and used to bully and intimidate the young players, but he habitually promoted the young prospects in the system far too aggressively, and is probably responsible for ruining more than his share of promising careers. Current players like top prospects Fernando Martinez, Wilmer Flores, Jefry Marte, Jenrry Mejia, and Cesar Puello were all rushed through the lower levels of the mino...
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