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Juan Lagares wins ROY in Dominican Winter League

Mets OF Juan Lagares was named Rookie of the Year for the Dominican Winter League.

He hit .342 with one HR, 16 RBI, five stolen bases and seven walks in 114 at-bats.

Lagares finished ahead of Marlins OF Marcell Ozuna and Brewers RHP Wily Peralta.




64 comments
Kenneth Meltsner
Kenneth Meltsner

Why should this guy have to compete with Chris Young for the CF spot. I have literally no confidence in Terry Collins' decision-making in this matter.

TurkWendell4Life
TurkWendell4Life

Lock up a .315/16/88 season for the best center field not named Beltran the Mets ever had. Sorry Lance Johnson fans.

Joey Ferguson
Joey Ferguson

if he hits .300 steals 15-20 and drives in 60 or so... while leading off we may have something.... looking forward to the season....

metsfanman
metsfanman

This post appears inaccurate (as a a couple of others pointed out) and if so, should be corrected. According to an Adam Rubin article: "Juan Lagares has been named the top Dominican rookie in MLB for the 2013 season [not Winter ball], according to a panel of sports writers in his native country."

Chris Cocaa
Chris Cocaa

This kid has pop believe it or not , I think he just needs more time in the big league level. He seems to be the type of guy who'll hit .327 /15 HR/ 27 Dbls/ 15 Triples and a moderate amount of stolen bases. I think he can be better than Jose.

rstpigeon
rstpigeon

He's not built for power, but, if he can get on base, he'll be an asset. The Mets are so desperate for power that it's getting hard to see the light but this is a player to root for. Let the team do it's job and make a valid table-setter with good defense out of this kid. Find the power at other positions.

kappyesq
kappyesq

Yippee!!! Who cares? This doesn't mean that he will all of a sudden become a solid ML-caliber player. I commend him on his defense, but he doesn't hit enough to warrant a starting job on this team. We don't know which Ike Davis will show up in 2014; We know which Lucas Duda will show up, the only Lucas Duda, the one who can't hit the broad side of a barn; Ruben Tejada hits 1 HR every 3 years; and Chris Young is a .240 hitter - we cannot afford to have another light-hitting player in this lineup. I mean, look at the power numbers in his "MVP" winter; he hit ONE home run in ONE HUNDRED FOURTEEN at bats. Sorry, Tori Hunter's glove in his prime wouldn't warrant a starting job with those weak power numbers.

Robby Johnson
Robby Johnson

He's already shown us Gold Glove defense.  We saw him string together 2 solid months at the plate in June/July after looking completely overmatched early in the season, while also flashing some power.  Definitely tailed off end of the season though.

No reason why he can't take some big steps this season.  His approach at the plate should improve now that he's got a season under his belt, and I think that can lead to more walks - a popular knock many of you have on him.  He also showed the ability to steal bases in the minors, so it would be nice to see him improve that part of his game as well.

All in all, he's a guy that could wind up being one of this team's most valuable assets by season's end.  The pessimistic mindset most Mets fans have make that idea laughable.  Every year new players break out throughout MLB, and this guy has the tools to do it.

Kevin VanTassell
Kevin VanTassell

He was voted by Dominican Writer's the top Dominican rookie in MLB in 2013.

vipregan
vipregan

But how many "walks" did he have?

mingo
mingo

Who cares who does or doesn't give this award or what it stands for.

This simply shows that he put up decent numbers. That is hopeful.

BS
BS

Again, just to reiterate, Juan Lagares did not win such an award, if it even exists.  The Dominican Press voted him 2013 NL Rookie of the Year AMONGST DOMINICAN-BORN CANDIDATES.

BS
BS

He earned no such award.


He was named the National League's Dominican Rookie of the Year for 2013 based on the votes of the Dominican Press that covers MLB.

John Paul Cullinane
John Paul Cullinane

Nice average, but this lineup is too inept to have his light hitting, though.  They need to move Young to CF and bring in a true cleanup hitting corner outfielder.  The only way you could have Lagares is if he's a leadoff guy in which case, he needs to really work on OBP at the Major League level.


Besides Wright and Murphy, you have a team of sub-.230 hitters mixed with Lagares, Tejada, and the pitcher.  This team will find it hard to score 3 runs a game.  Unless you have 5 healthy Harveys in your rotation, that...is...rough.

The Feels band
The Feels band

@Joey Ferguson .300 is asking a bit much in his second season. If he hits .275 and plays defense like he did last year, that's all we need. 

specialk
specialk

@kappyesq Cranky much? Did the post say he was going to be an all-star and would hit over .300? No it was stating the fact that he produced in the winter league and was named ROY. That's a positive thing for a guy they would like to rely on.  It doesn't mean he will produced offensively in the majors in 2014.  It is ok to just be happy with some progress sometimes and not be negative about everything. I know for some Mets fans that's not possible but you might want to give it a try. It'll be good for your health.  

Hodges14
Hodges14

@mingo I don't think people are directing their anger toward Lagares.

Robby Johnson
Robby Johnson

@Victor Triguero Agreed.  You could tell he found his comfort zone in June/July last season, so hopefully this means more consistency this season.


Can't wait to watch him make plays in the outfield.

mets2014
mets2014

@BS is that true?  the title of this post is very misleading then

metsfanman
metsfanman

@BS  According to an Adam Rubin article you are correct: "Juan Lagares has been named the top Dominican rookie in MLB for the 2013 season, according to a panel of sports writers in his native country." Very misleading headline and post by this blog. It did make me scratch my head that a player going into his second year in the majors had won rookie of the year for his play over a small portion of the year in a winter league.

Ziggy Jones
Ziggy Jones

@John Paul Cullinane no they need better players around him.


the problem with the mets is that they screw around with their players (d'arnaud, lagares, tejada, duda, ike) and then give the unproven guys or the less talented guys more chances.


the mets are the type of team who would rather give a 40 year old a chance b/c he has minor league options and can be sent down/cut instead of giving a young kid the chance b/c it will start his mlb service time

gloveman
gloveman

@John Paul Cullinane you do realize that this was Lagares's rookie year right? Your not even interested in seeing if he will improve this year? Already time to end the experiment?

Hodges14
Hodges14

@John Paul Cullinane Which Young?  Neither one of them is any better offensively than Lagares anyway.  I say Lagares gets a chance in CF and unless he pulls an Ike Davis you leave  him there and build around him in the outfield.

The Feels band
The Feels band

@Steven Matregrano P.S. Lagares IS VERY FAST, and lead the damn league in outfield assists. Ugh, you're so unknowledgeable that it's HILARIOUS. 

The Feels band
The Feels band

@Steven Matregrano Oh great, here's this guy talking about how bad Lagares is now. Because this kid seems not to understand that being a "top prospect" means nothing when you actually get on the field and tons of "non prospects" have been all-stars. Go away. You know nothing about how things work in baseball We all know EYJr is your man, even though he's a terrible baseball player. 

Greg Formeister
Greg Formeister

@rstpigeon lol I read it, I made a crappy moneyball reference in reference to this blog harping on his lack of walks

mingo
mingo

@Hodges14 @mingo Not directing this at people's anger either. Moreso the irrelevancy of worrying about the award itself. The award means nothing. The numbers mean something.

Eric Koeller
Eric Koeller

@mets2014 @BS guys its the Dominican Winter League. Most of these guys are mid-level projects like Ozuna and Peralta. Take it with a grain of salt

John Paul Cullinane
John Paul Cullinane

@Hodges14@John Paul CullinaneChris Young, in the full-time role, will probably give you 20 homers, 70 RBI's, and 80 runs scored.  I think that is a very fair guesstimate.

If you can slide this production to CF and get a LEGIT corner outfielder (via trading Largares, EYJ, OR Nimmo, WITH Montero, and taking on a bulk of that players' contract) you have to do it.

Charles Gruber Jr.
Charles Gruber Jr.

@sylow59 I don't have a count, but I'm just thinking that its based more towards play during MLB competition vs the DWL

Robby Johnson
Robby Johnson

@Eric Koeller And he managed to put together solid numbers anyway.  It's a lot better than reading about him completely tanking it vs the same competition.

slainte2
slainte2

@John Paul Cullinane  

maybe right, tho Legares hit in minors, and bat could develop.  

But that "legit" cleanup hitter you are getting for Legares/EY/Nimmo plus Montero is a unicorn .. magical and non-existent.  Wasn't this topic beaten to death?

John Paul Cullinane
John Paul Cullinane

@John J. Cucci III@John Paul CullinaneSandy's job to figure that out as my guesses would be just that - guesses.  He should be able to get a legitimate corner OF without completely selling the farm.  I would be fine with trading one of those OF's above with Montero and taking on a contract.


Right now, as it stands, and projecting any bench players and DL, the Mets payroll will be $85 million this year.  They can sign Drew, make this (fictitious trade) and still only be at $100 million in the best market in baseball.  That literally puts them right in the middle, in terms of payroll, for all teams in the Majors.

Hodges14
Hodges14

@John Paul Cullinane Based on his last 2 years, the trajectory of his career and moving to Citi Field I'm not counting on Chris Young for anything.