UPDATE, 2:23 PM: Per the Mets, outfielder Juan Lagares has been promoted from AAA Las Vegas. To make room on the roster, outfielder Kirk Nieuwenhuis has been demoted.
ORIGINAL STORY: According to Adam Rubin of ESPN, AAA outfielder Juan Lagares will be promoted to the Mets as soon as today. Lagares, who turned 24 last month and is on the 40 man roster, is a right handed hitting outfielder (the majority of his starts have been in center, but he can play both corners as well). So far this season for AAA Las Vegas, Lagares is hitting .346 with a .378 OBP to go along with 3 home runs and 9 RBI’s.
Here’s what Toby Hyde of Mets Minor League Blog recently had to say about Lagares:
Lagares can play all three outfield positions and hit a little. In the big leagues, he could be an above average corner outfielder, and a little bit below average defensively in center, who is playable as a backup. Offensively, he’s an aggressive hitter who makes lots of contact with a line drive swing. Although he’s solidly built, he just does not have the high finish that allows him to generate much loft to put the ball out of the wall. He walks very little and has struggled learning a better, more modern-Mets approach.
If the promotion materializes, Lagares would likely be replacing outfielder Kirk Nieuwenhuis on the roster.
No one should expect Lagares to come up and tear the cover off the ball, but his addition to the roster would give the Mets another righthanded bat while allowing Nieuwenhuis to get reps in AAA. It should be noted that the Dodgers are tossing three lefties at the Mets this week, meaning Lagares may get a chance to contribute right away.