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Mets Matters: Collins Prefers Lagares At Leadoff

Mets manager Terry Collins stated a preference today for Juan Lagares over Curtis Granderson as the leadoff hitter. Lagares has the speed, but strikes out too much and doesn’t have the on-base percentage – at least not yet – needed for that slot in the order. Lagares’ on-base percentage last year was .321 and Collins said he’d like it to be in the .330 to .340 range. ...
Via New York Mets Report
4 hours ago  |  Discuss

Kevin Long Dishes On Lagares, Granderson, Murphy

New Mets hitting coach Kevin Long spoke with reporters for about 20 minutes on Saturday morning in Port St. Lucie. You can read his full comments on ESPN New York, but I  wanted to cherry pick and share his views on the following three Mets players which I thought were quite compelling. He compared Juan Lagares favorably to Robinson Cano saying both had very similar plate approaches...
Via Mets Merized Online
8 hours ago  |  Discuss

Leaning Toward Lagares As Leadoff Hitter

The Mets are undecided as their leadoff hitter, with the competition coming down between Juan Lagares and Curtis Granderson. LAGARES: Should get leadoff job. (AP) For my money, I’d rather open the season with Lagares for the simple reason this decision doesn’t only impact the No. 1 spot, but also the middle of the order. While both players are potential strikeout machines,...
Via New York Mets Report
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Mets360 2015 projections: Juan Lagares

In 2013, Juan Lagares had a terrific defensive season and a poor offensive one. The Mets were concerned enough that in the offseason they signed Chris Young and told him he’d have a chance to play some in center field. While Young bombed in 2014, Lagares was again terrific defensively. At the plate, he had a respectable .703 OPS (NL average CF: .726) thanks to a .341 BABIP...
10 days ago  |  Discuss

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...
January 26, 2015  |  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
January 14, 2015  |  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

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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