Sep 28, 2013; New York, NY, USA; New York Mets center fielder Juan Lagares (12) throws out Milwaukee Brewers catcher Jonathan Lucroy (not pictured) at home plate during the sixth inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit- Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

Juan Lagares Voted Top Dominican Rookie


Juan Lagares, who excelled this winter while playing for Aguilas in the Dominican Winter League, has been named the top Dominican rookie by a panel of sports writers from his native Dominican Republic.

Lagares, 24, had a .342 average with a .379 OBP in 114 at bats spanning 28 games for Aguilas. He hit 1 homer, 5 doubles, drove in 16 runs, and swiped 5 bases.

He also continued to shine in center field, amassing 15 outfield assists (a franchise-rookie record for Aguilas).

In the vote for top rookie, Lagares beat out players such as Marcell Ozuna (Marlins) and Junior Lake (Cubs).

Thoughts:

Winter league stats always need to be taken with a grain of salt, but that doesn’t mean Lagares’ production for Aguilas should be discounted.

He struggled offensively last year in his debut season with the Mets, but it’s clear that he has room to grow as an offensive player.

It’s likely that Lagares’ value will come from his glove and arm.  However, if he can become even an adequate offensive player in the major leagues, his overall value could be astronomical.

Nothing against Eric Young, Jr., but the starting job in center field should belong to Lagares.  He’s miles better than Young (and pretty much every other major league outfielder) defensively, and still  has room to grow as far as his offense is concerned.

 

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  • RONBO19

    Thanks Danny and spot on to bro. Lagares has hit at least decently at every level he’s played so I believe its likely he will improve as he matures as a Met.The great baseball minds all concur that a team needs to be strong up the middle to be a great defensive team so the Mets have at least one piece of the puzzle in place moving forward. Now SS,2nd base and C are still not there at this point but in looking at scouting reports of the farm system there is reason for optimism.