Who is Juan Lagares???

Posted: April 23, 2013 in Future Mets, News, Opinion
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imagesCADQ3WP8By Steven Inman

According to Adam Rubin of ESPNNY Mets OF prospect Juan Lagares could be promoted to the big leagues soon, In face Rubin says Lagares promotion looks imminent, perhaps coming as soon as Tuesday.

Lagares is probably the 2nd best centerfield prospect in the Mets farm system behind the injured Matt Den Dekker.

Lagares, 24, is crushing the pacific coast league for triple A Las Vegas hitting .346 with three homers and nine RBIs through 78 at-bats. Lagares has played all 17 games in centerfield for the 51’s. Lagares was once a higher ranked prospect but injuries have gotten in the way as well as a slow transition to the outfield.

Lagares initially was a shortstop in the Mets’ system after signing out of the Dominican Republic in 2006 by former Met General manager Omar Minaya.

Lagares made 40 errors as a shortstop in just 82 games in Low A savannah after he signed with the Mets. Needless to say, a move to the outfield was necessary and definitely helped him move up the ladder.imagesCAU5LIB3

The 51’s manager Wally Backman believes that Lagares is close to the big leagues. “He’s a … kid who can play all three outfield positions,” Wally Backman told ESPNNewYork.com late in the 2011 season, while managing Lagares with Double-A Binghamton. “He’s got speed. He’s a good outfielder. He throws to the right bases. And he can swing the bat a little bit.”

Lagares doesn’t have a ton of power but has an element that the Mets are lacking and that’s team speed. Other than Jordany Valdespin, the Mets don’t really have a stolen base threat in their everyday lineup.

Lagares has crushed Pacific Coast League pitching but we talked about this when the Mets announced they would be moving their triple A affiliate to Vegas. Don’t be fooled by high batting averages in Vegas, one of the more hitter friendly ballparks in all of the minor leagues.

Lagares has played well and deserves a call up but don’t look at his numbers and think he’s the Mets next great outfielder. That being said Mets centerfielders have been disappointing and Lagares deserves a chance to play.


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