Coming off an NL Player of the Week Award, Juan Lagares was named the everyday centerfielder, further cemented by Kirk Nieuwenhuis’ demotion to AAA Las Vegas.
He has posted numbers like a .352/.400/.537/.937 slash and a .393 wOBA, albeit helped by a .462 BABIP, in July and has played plus defense at a prime position.
While Lagares has been swinging a red-hot bat for the better part of July and has shown signs of promise, his game needs to improve if he’s going to have long-term success.
The first thing that pops out as needing improvement in Lagares’ game is his strikeout rate. For the season it currently sits at an Dave Kingmanian 25.3%, while his ISO sits at a Daniel Murphian .131.
Even during his success in July, Lagares has struck out in about a quarter of his plate appearances while managing an ISO under .185.
A strikeout rate that high is not intolerable, but it is difficult to strike out that much and hit for little power and still be a productive hitter.
Looking at Lagare...