Juan Lagares
Juan Lagares
30-Year-Old OutfielderOF
New York Mets
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Lagares was off to a hot start last season before undergoing season-ending toe surgery in mid-May. In 64 plate appearances, he hit .339/.375/.390, numbers which represent career bests in all three categories. It's unwise to read too much into such a small sample, especially since it came with a .392 BABIP, but there are reasons to believe that at least some of the improvement was real. He cut his strikeout rate by 6.5 percentage points (down to 14.1%) after he reportedly made offseason swing changes. It will take more than a small improvement for Lagares to be a viable fantasy option, however, as his career line sits at .260/.300/.367 in 583 games. Playing time could be available with Yoenis Cespedes (heel) expected to miss at least the first half of the season, but Keon Broxton will probably get the first chance to win the center-field job. Expectations should remain low despite Lagares' small-sample success last year. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a four-year, $23 million contract with a $9.5 million team option for 2020 with a $500,000 buyout. He reportedly will make $2.5 million in 2016, followed by salaries of $4.5 million, $6.5 million and $9 million.
Goes yard in win
OFNew York Mets
April 2, 2019
Lagares went 1-for-3 with a solo home run, his first blast of the year, and a second run scored in Monday's 7-3 win over the Marlins.
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He was also hit by a pitch and committed a throwing error in center field, but it was overall a good response from Lagares after Keon Broxton's big game Sunday. The two will continue to battle for playing time in center field, but both are likely to get squeezed once either Todd Frazier (oblique) or Jed Lowrie (knee) gets healthy. That would push Jeff McNeil from third base to left field, and Brandon Nimmo from left to center.
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Batting Order Slot Breakdown
vs Right-Handed Pitchers
vs RHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
4
vs Left-Handed Pitchers
vs LHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
2
Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2017
 
 
+10%
OPS vs RHP
2019
 
 
+53%
OPS vs LHP
2018
 
 
+31%
OPS vs RHP
2017
 
 
+14%
OPS vs RHP
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2017vs Left .643 126 17 1 11 5 .252 .304 .339
Since 2017vs Right .708 242 33 3 15 7 .272 .320 .388
2019vs Left 1.000 7 1 0 3 1 .429 .429 .571
2019vs Right .653 25 3 1 2 1 .190 .320 .333
2018vs Left .664 33 3 0 2 3 .300 .364 .300
2018vs Right .870 31 6 0 4 0 .379 .387 .483
2017vs Left .604 86 13 1 6 1 .218 .271 .333
2017vs Right .687 186 24 2 9 6 .264 .308 .379
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2017
 
 
+1%
OPS at Home
2019
 
 
+80%
OPS on Road
2018
 
 
+108%
OPS at Home
2017
 
 
+13%
OPS on Road
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2017Home .690 173 27 1 9 7 .277 .326 .365
Since 2017Away .682 195 23 3 17 5 .256 .304 .378
2019Home .452 7 0 0 0 2 .167 .286 .167
2019Away .815 25 4 1 5 0 .273 .360 .455
2018Home .974 37 6 0 5 3 .429 .459 .514
2018Away .468 27 3 0 1 0 .208 .259 .208
2017Home .620 129 21 1 4 2 .237 .289 .331
2017Away .698 143 16 2 11 5 .261 .303 .396
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How does Juan Lagares compare to other hitters?
This section compares his stats with all batting seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 400 plate appearances). The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that stat and it would be considered average.
BB/K
0.25
 
BB Rate
8.3%
 
K Rate
33.3%
 
BABIP
.316
 
ISO
.125
 
AVG
.219
 
OBP
.306
 
SLG
.344
 
OPS
.649
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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Lagares is going to have a major-league job in 2018 because he is an excellent defensive outfielder. That does not mean much for your fantasy teams because he is not an excellent hitter. He is not even a serviceable hitter as he lacks power and does not reach base enough to utilize the speed that he shows in closing the gaps in the outfield to take away extra base hits from opposing hitters. Lagares is currently projected as the starting center fielder for the Mets, which means he will get more opportunity to display his limited offensive skill set. He may end up stealing 10-plus bases with a full-time job, but there is no chance he lasts in the leadoff spot of this lineup. Lagares will end up back in a reserve role or down in the bottom third of the lineup soon enough.
Lagares was hampered by a thumb injury for much of the season, as he was limited to just 79 games and only started in 31 of those. Though he hit a career-worst .239 with an OPS of just .681, his worst month came directly after he returned from his first DL stint, when he hit just .160/.263/.300 in 50 at-bats in July, so it's fair to wonder if his swing was impacted by the thumb ailment. Either way, Lagares' struggles against right-handed pitching continued, as he hit just .217 with a .295 OBP against righties. Though he's been a bit better than that for his career, he was essentially viewed as a small-side platoon option coming into 2016 anyway, so his at-bats will likely be even more limited to just southpaws going forward. He is the only true center fielder on the Mets, but Curtis Granderson figures to masquerade in center field against righties in order to keep a potent offensive configuration in place.
Fears that Lagares might require Tommy John surgery were erased in November when it was revealed that he would not require a procedure to repair the partially torn ligament in his throwing elbow. Playing through the injury impacted him at the plate, and in the field, as his defense graded out below his typical elite levels. His bat also regressed after he showed signs of progress in 2014. Lagares' defense ability will keep him in the lineup as a near everyday player, but he will need to show improvement against right-handed pitching (.253/.271/.328) in order to take advantage of his playing time volume. It's entirely possible that the 2014 numbers are his peak as a hitter, but it would be foolish to completely rule out the possibility of hitting coach Kevin Long finding a way to get more mileage out of his bat, and Lagares can be utilized in deeper formats against left-handed pitching in his current state.
Even while being derailed by two stints on the disabled list and a sprained elbow that cost him time late in the year, Lagares established himself as a premier defensive center fielder for the Mets in 2014, earning Gold Glove honors. Now 26, there are still questions as to just how much he will hit big league pitching, but the results last season were better than in his first stint in the big leagues in 2013. Not surprisingly, Lagares runs very well, which enabled him to steal 13 bases in 17 attempts last year, and he piled up 46 runs scored while spending most of his at-bats outside of the leadoff spot. With a more discerning eye at the plate, it's not unreasonable to think that Lagares could receive regular nods atop the Mets' lineup, but his 4.6% career walk rate suggests that aspect of his game is still a work in progress. As long as he's able to avoid a setback with his elbow, Lagares is positioned for an everyday job again in 2015, while the potential for further growth at the plate and on the basepaths makes him an intriguing endgame target.
Lagares got off to a hot start in 2013, batting .346 with three homers and nine RBI through 78 at-bats with Triple-A Las Vegas, to earn a late-April promotion to the big leagues. He got off to a slow start, but started turning it around on June 5 and was on a tear until early August. Lagares really struggled in September, as his lack of plate discipline -– 20:96 BB:K in 421 plate appearances -- and fatigue caught up with him. Lagares showed he could hit in the upper minors from the time he broke out in 2011, and his plus defense should help him find a path to big league at-bats. The Mets' plans for him in 2014 are less clear now, however, after the addition of free agents Curtis Granderson and Chris Young.
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Set to start Opening Day
OFNew York Mets
March 27, 2019
Lagares will start Thursday's season opener against the Nationals, Anthony DiComo of MLB.com reports.
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Spring struggles continue
OFNew York Mets
March 19, 2019
Lagares went 0-for-3 in Monday's Grapefruit League game against the Nationals.
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Makes impression with bat, legs
OFNew York Mets
March 4, 2019
Lagares went 3-for-5 with three runs scored and a stolen base in Sunday's Grapefruit League game against the Cardinals.
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Playing in winter league
OFNew York Mets
December 5, 2018
Lagares (toe) is included on the Aguilas Cibaeanas roster for the Dominican Winter League.
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Runs at full speed
OFNew York Mets
Toe
September 27, 2018
Lagares (toe) participated in sprinting drills ahead of Thursday's game against the Marlins, Anthony DiComo of MLB.com reports.
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