Juan Lagares called up from Triple A, will start Wednesday

Posted: April 23, 2013 in News
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By Steven InmanimagesCADQ3WP8

As expected the Mets have called up outfielder Juan Lagares from Triple A Las Vegas. Lagares, 24, had been hitting very well in the minors. As a corresponding move the Mets optioned Kirk Nieuwenhuis to Triple A.

Lagares can play all three outfield positions but has said in the past he is most comfortable in centerfield. Terry Collins said he will put Lagares in the lineup Wednesday night vs. Ted Lilly. He will get a chance to play a little here in Queens and has a perfect opportunity in front of him to show that he belongs in the major leagues.

I wrote about Lagares as a player here. He is more of a free swinger at the plate so I’m interested in seeing how he fits in because the Mets and hitting coach Dave Hudgens have been preaching patience ever since Collins and Sandy Alderson took over.

Collins has heard good things about the young outfielder.  “He’s the future. He’s a great defender. I talked to Wally Backman today. Wally said he’s off to a good start, he’s got some power. There are people in this organization that think he’s a better center fielder than Matt den Dekker. That speaks a lot.” Collins told ESPN New York.

Lagares will wear #12 when he gets to the ballpark later today.

  1. Michael Young says:

    Steve – It was only his first game but I was impressed with Lagares last night. He “just missed” hitting one out in his first at bat, got a clean hit in his second at bat and showed us that he can play the OF. I am looking forward to seeing him in the starting line up tonight. Hopefully, Jon Niese will be good to go for his next start. We need him to be healthy and productive. Mike

    • Steven Inman says:

      Yeah Mike I was at the game and from his reaction he looked like he thought he hit the ball out of the ballpark off Kershaw. He has a short, compact swing and I believe he can have some immediate sucess here. He is a free swinger so I believe the league could take advantage once they take notice. He will be in the lineup tonight and probably Thursday as well. Thanks as always Mike!

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