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Offensive expectations for Juan Lagares

In Juan Lagares’ first three seasons in the Mets organization – from 2006 to 2008 – he committed 73 errors in 195 games.  He was also a shortstop.  In 2009, the decision was made to move Lagares to the outfield, and now he’s regarded as the best defensive centerfielder in major league baseball. Lagares’ journey from 17-year-old shortstop with a good bat to prime defensive...
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Finances, extensions, and Juan Lagares

It’s no secret that the New York Mets are not a fiscally sound organization. This has played havoc with the on-field product for half a decade now at least, and will continue to curtail large free agent signings for some time to come. That may be for the benefit of the team, though. As more and more young stars are being locked up early, less and less talent hits the open market...
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Curtis Granderson and Juan Lagares had identical 2014 xBABIP marks

Throughout history there have been players who put up fluke seasons in the majors. Undoubtedly, you’ve got a mental image in your head right now of some such season. Perhaps it’s 2000 Darin Erstad, who put up an 8.7 fWAR (next best season, 3.3 fWAR) or 1970 Billy Grabarkewitz and his 6.1 fWAR (next best season, 0.8 fWAR). The challenge has always been to find out which season...
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Is Lagares the Best Defensive Center Fielder Ever?

David Schoenfield of ESPN picked the Mets’ Juan Lagares as the center fielder for his All Underrated Team heading into the 2015 season. “Lagares has certainly received recognition as perhaps the best defensive center fielder in the majors — winning his first Gold Glove in 2014 — but because he’s not a big basher at the plate, he still seems undervalued overall. And he’s...
Via Mets Merized Online
12 days ago  |  Discuss

New York Mets: Juan Lagares wins Gold Glove

The baseball season may be over but awards season is just beginning and the New York Mets will have at least one guaranteed representative. Juan Lagares has won the National League Gold Glove in center field. I had penned Lagares as a potential competitor for the award a few months ago and he certainly is well deserving of the award. Lagares beat out the Reds’ Billy Hamilton and...
November 04, 2014  |  Discuss

Just How Vauable Is Juan Lagares?

Mark Simon of ESPN New York, does a very nice job of analyzing the first full season of center fielder Juan Lagares, who he says was arguably the Mets’ most valuable player or at the very least one of their top three. I agree. Offensively, Lagares’ progression was a product of two things: increasing his line-drive rate from 19 percent to 22 percent and spraying the ball across...
Via Mets Merized Online
October 18, 2014  |  Discuss

Where Exactly Did Juan Lagares Come From?

Juan Lagares has been a saving grace this year for the Mets. Sure he’s saved a ton of runs and seems to shrink the outfield day after day but the true saving grace for Mets fans has been him saving the 2014 season. There hasn’t been much winning but each and every day, Lagares puts on a show and has become the most exciting player on the field for the Mets. The question surfaced...
Via Mets Merized Online
September 03, 2014  |  Discuss

New York Mets: is Juan Lagares’ glove golden?

I predicted at the beginning of this season that Juan Lagares would finish in the top 10 in Gold Glove voting. As it turns out, he has a chance to do significantly better than that. New York Mets fans are all aware of Lagares’ defensive wizardry. Nationally, however he isn’t the first name to anyone’s lips despite what the statistics may show. Lagares’ defensive prowess does...
August 26, 2014  |  Discuss

Juan Lagares and his Gold Glove Award candidacy

With just a little over of two months of baseball remaining, talks of leading candidates for awards is starting to ramp up. Already mentioned is Jacob deGrom’s push for NL Rookie of the Year honors, but today is about Juan Lagares. There aren’t many Mets fans that would disagree with the statement that Lagares is the best defensive center fielder in the game. Some would argue...
August 06, 2014  |  Discuss

Lagares To Play For Las Vegas 51s Tonight

April 28 The Mets announced that Juan Lagares will play for Triple-A Las Vegas tonight when they take on Reno. April 27 Juan Lagares officially began a rehab assignment on Sunday and went 1-for-4 for the St. Lucie Mets in the Florida State League.  Lagares, who was placed on the DL with a right hamstring strain, played center field and batted leadoff for St. Lucie. He is eligible...
Via Mets Merized Online
April 28, 2014  |  Discuss

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