Originally written on Mets360.com  |  Last updated 10/8/13
Perhaps the best thing that happened for the Mets in 2013 was the arrival of Juan Lagares. While it took an injury to Matt den Dekker, an unbelievably quick hook with Collin Cowgill and fall flat on their face efforts from Rick Ankiel, Kirk Nieuwenhuis and Jordany Valdespin – the Mets ultimately turned to Lagares and he proved to be a defensive wizard. Mostly on the strength of his Gold Glove Award level defense, Lagares posted a 2.9 fWAR in 121 games. Lagares, a converted shortstop, plays center field with an attacking style. When you think of great defensive center fielders, you think of guys being able to take away blasts in the power alleys or making grabs at the fence. Lagares can certainly do both of those things. But where he really stands out is with his ability to charge the ball and come up firing. Several times this year, Lagares charged a ball so hard that he ended up just about 15 feet behind second base when he unleashed throws to the plate. Many marvel a...
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