Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Mets News: Outfield Prospect Juan Lagares to join Mets?


Mets News:


Outfield prospect Juan Lagares, who is tearing up the Pacific Coast League, likely will join the Mets as soon as Tuesday, baseball sources told ESPNNewYork.com.

Lagares, 24, is hitting .346 with three homers and nine RBIs through 78 at-bats with Triple-A Las Vegas. All 17 of his appearances with the 51s have been in center field. He also has experience in both corner outfield spots. He already is a member of the Mets' 40-man roster.

Lagares initially was a shortstop in the Mets' system after signing out of the Dominican Republic in 2006.

“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 was leading the Florida State League in batting with a .339 average when he was promoted to the Double-A B-Mets on July 23, 2011.

One scout who watched Lagares in Double-A compared him body-type-wise to Raul Mondesi.

Injuries really slowed Lagares more than anything early in his pro career. He suffered a broken right ankle on July 28, 2010 while playing for St. Lucie, but did not require surgery. Lagares actually played two weeks in pain after initially getting hurt holding up at third base on a teammate’s hit. He eventually had to be shut down after he ran in pain to first base on a strikeout that eluded the catcher.

The previous season, Lagares was limited to 47 games by a wrist injury. In 2008, the start to his season was delayed by an arm issue.

Juan Lagares' Career Stats:
YearAgeTmAffABRH2B3BHRRBISBCSBBSOBA
200617MetsNYM2043652783331252348.255
200718SavannahNYM28126591262161171864.210
2008192 TeamsNYM253226416032447938.253
200819BrooklynNYM72818701713110.250
200819SavannahNYM18114469021734828.254
2009202 TeamsNYM192245172014104746.266
200920MetsNYM241510011014.208
200920SavannahNYM16823466201394642.274
2010212 TeamsNYM42358118189755255962.279
201021SavannahNYM2904287139539182744.300
201021St. LucieNYM13316315021673218.233
2011222 TeamsNYM470721642699711582676.349
201122St. LucieNYM30851104156749562147.338
201122BinghamtonNYM1622160113222102529.370
201223BinghamtonNYM4996914129644821103793.283
201324Las VegasNYM781327323923414.346
8 Seasons
2400320676118423127010049133441.282
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 4/23/2013.
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