During yesterday’s 6-1 victory over the Twins, Juan Lagares made multiple great plays in center field.
“I wish there was a category for runs that he saves,” Terry Collins said after the game, according to ESPN New York.
Thanks to advanced statistics, there is. According to Mark Simon of ESPN, Lagares ranks second to Carlos Gomez among major-league center fielders with 20 Defensive Runs Saved, which measures the value of a player’s arm and his ability to turn batted balls into outs.
Matthew Cerrone, Lead Writer
The buzz among Mets people at Citi Field has been that, with work, and when coupled with his incredible defense, Lagares should be able to do enough at the plate to warrant playing everyday in the big leagues. However, to justify the expected lack of offense, the Mets know they need more production from other spots. For instance, as I mentioned Monday, I’ve heard a loose plan that includes trading for an outfielder-with-power and signing an OBP guy, while trusting Lagares to patrol the outfield’s most important position.
Or, the Mets could go with just Lagares and Matt den Dekker in the outfielder, and use a fifth infielder… That’s a joke, obviously, though it’s tempting…
Read More: ESPN New York (Simon)