Pics from PSL: Juan Lagares is stronger, more comfortable and smiling

Matthew Cerrone, Lead Writer

Mets OF Juan Lagares looks great. He, too, attended the infamous off-season health and fitness camp. And, of all the guys who attended, it appears that he got the most out it.

In general, his upper body looks stronger, he exudes more confidence and he’s always smiling in camp. He also has a pretty awesome blue and orange outfielder’s glove…


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My friend, David Apuzzo, who is an incredible, professional photographer in Conn., took these photos today of Lagares taking batting practice against Rafael Montero:


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This one in particular is my favorite, since it does a nice job capturing how comfortable he looks in camp…

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56 comments
coppola8
coppola8

how is anyone complaining they we may have 4 actual outfielders? This is a great "problem" to have. It will sort itself out

Muhammad Qureshi
Muhammad Qureshi

Not true, CY was never promised a starting role. He was just promised a chance to compete. Sandy and TC said hitting will determine who will get CF fulltime.

Brian Webster
Brian Webster

The problem is it doesn't matter what shape Lagares is in or how confident he is. Grandy is obviously starting and CY was given $7.25M and promised 600ABs and TC couldn't have made it anymore clear he thinks he needs EY leading off. So Lagares is the odd man out and SOL.

philoso
philoso

The kid is a good athlete; works hard at his craft and is genuinely likable. I hope to see him to have a breakout season (.275/ .340/ .475) based on his Dom league results (rookie of the year).

Starz31
Starz31

He had a great winter league. Let's see if he takes the jump from last year to this season as he gets more comfortable. There's no question it would be a benefit to this team to keep his glove in center. 

No reason he can't develop and improve upon last season. 

arc34
arc34

This is one part of the Sandy off-season plan I don't agree with...why sign CY if you want EY to be lead-off?  I'd rather put $ to Drew at SS and pick up offense and defense there instead of CY (whom is decreasing in production).  Also, if EY or Lagares fail to hit Puello will be ready by July to take their spot.  With Drew at SS and Lagares in CF and TDA behind plate our defense up middle will be just fine.  Heck, throw in Tovar for late inning defensive replacement for Murph and our relievers should feel comfortable.

Sean Andrew Ingram
Sean Andrew Ingram

He reminds me more of Gary Pettis with a better bat. Elite Gold Glove center-fielder who is gonna bat 7th or 8th. Hey, we had no trouble scoring run in 99 with Rey Ordonez batting 8th. As long as we can get production out of 1-7, I'm fine with his bat. 

Muhammad Qureshi
Muhammad Qureshi

Ha ha love it. Dont know why, but he reminds me of Belttan. He can certainly play the field like him, lets hope he can hit like him. Tear the cover off the ball Legaras, tear the cover off the ball my friend.

poli42
poli42

i really want to see lagares light it up.  i think his glove will get him the start but it will be his bat that determines if he stays there.  i'm not sold on chris young but he has more pop than EYJ.  and what about duda?  

KMO82
KMO82

Lol, I'm in one I those pictures haha.

hashburry
hashburry

This is getting creepy.  Way too much talk about who's upper body is looking toned.

Macacawitz
Macacawitz

He'll go as far as his bat takes him.  He can be Andruw Jones or Homer Bush.  Time will tell.  

BringBackDaveTelghe
BringBackDaveTelghe

Please please please provide enough offense that you don't tempt TC into doing something else stupid. If Lagares can somehow become a 270 / 330 Obp guy with 15 hrs we will absolutely have something here..

flmetsfan
flmetsfan

Hum...This guy was on no one's radar in 2011.  Was listed as the Mets' #20 prospect in 2012.  Started the year as an bear mention in 2013, but now he's the man.  His defensive skills are wonderful, but he has yet to mature with the bat.  Many of you have anointed him the next great Mets outfielder.  However, you same guys were screaming two years ago that "...CAPTAIN KIRK RAKES!"  Last year, you guys said that it was Matt Den Decker who had superior defensive skills.  This guy isn't ready to be a starting centerfielder in the Majors.

Seriously...I'm sure that if Lagares was offered in a trade (don't worry guys, he won't be) no team would be interested.

Steven Glansberg
Steven Glansberg

Let Legares be our leadoff hitter, I know he doesn't profile as one, but literally no one on our roster does currently.. Will see what the kid can do

1. Lagares R
2. Murphy L
3. Wright R
4. Granderson L
5. C Young R
6. Ike L
7. D'Arnaud R
8. Fat Boy R

Joe Kurioo
Joe Kurioo

dont worry boys T/C will sit him and wont let him play

chasesimms
chasesimms

This guy should be the starting CF. Hands down.  Talk of one of the Youngs taking a spot from him is insane.  

tullydew
tullydew

Wow....that glove is like totally awesome

Starz31
Starz31

@Brian Webster  He was not promised 600 ABs. 

Despite what TC said, it'll be the best 2 out of 3 OFers starting (Granderson is a lock, and hopefully it's in LF). 

KMO82
KMO82

@Starz31  I was there today and Lagares was killing it in the cage.  There seemed to me at least to be more popped off his bat.  I hope he can improve his hitting and OBP because his glove is special.

paqza
paqza

@arc34  Depth, depth, depth! Sandy did great job flipping Buck and Byrd (mainly Byrd) for two solid prospects in Herrera and Black. If Puello explodes and we need more room, we can always trade Chris Young; teams in the hunt love veteran CFs with pop, plus defense, and no-longterm commitment.

philoso
philoso

Signing EY is about depth and potential. The probability that EY, CY, JL and CG all having injury free years is remote. One of thos 4 will have a DL stint which will make this depth a necessity.

eric88
eric88

@Sean Andrew Ingram  The problem is you can only count on some production from 2 thru 4. Maybe one more guy will hit if were lucky. You don't have that type of team.

eric88
eric88

@poli42   He can't play if Tejada, Ike , Duda, Recker, or Satin start that day, never mind 2 of them.

eric88
eric88

@hashburry  Well I guess if they can't hit, at least they will look good.

eric88
eric88

@Macacawitz  He was always considered a B- prospect at best. Can't hit  breaking ball.

paqza
paqza

@BringBackDaveTelghe  With a .330 OBP and 15 dingers, Lagares would be one of the best CF in the game, pure and simple. With those numbers, you'd expect him to put up something like 5 to 6 WAR. That would be ridiculously valuable, and close to what Ellsbury projects for, but at 1/40th the price and way younger.

paqza
paqza

@flmetsfan  Plenty of teams would be interested in Lagares in a trade - the only question would be what they'd be willing to offer in return. He's a young, cost-controlled, has some offensive upside, a great attitude, and he's also the 2nd best defensive CF in the NL.

Nicholas Vargas
Nicholas Vargas

Don't count DenDekker out of it, if he shows he can out play Juan, there's a good chance he goes up north and Juan stays down. DenDekker seems to be a better base stealer and the Mets start DenDekker they can leave Chris Young in and keep EYJ on the bench. I believe eventually the Mets lead off hitter is coming from SS or CF for the time being. And if they can't, EYJ will get many more spot starts at second and OF.

jamets
jamets

I like Lagares and I think he has a chance to turn into a decent hitter.  But he has a long way to go.

And I can't get behind hitting our two lowest OBP guys 1-2. 

Nicholas Vargas
Nicholas Vargas

Getting Flores to fit in at SS does not mean Tejada is guaranteed a spot at the starting position all season or even future wise. Maybe he can prove to be a great back up infielder. Say he can get on base, the fact that he doesn't have the physical capability to drive the ball for extra bases nor steal bases regularly, he is not a long term answer. I hope he does show he can return to his 2012 form and can prove me wrong.

Paul Garvin Kuhns
Paul Garvin Kuhns

I Agree. Need to play to the teams strengths. Good pitching and outfield defense. Citi field is a huge pitchers ballpark, and the mets have good pitching now/on the way. Make sure that we can hold opponents to a few runs and produce a few runs on offense

ericccb
ericccb

@Victor Triguero  I think he is the best option we have and prefer him over EYJ but why should he be guaranteed a spot? He had a .280 OBP last year he shouldn't be handed anything.


I wouldn't say tejada is guaranteed SS either. I think Wilmer may seriously get a shot

crafalko17
crafalko17

@Victor Triguero The difference is Tejada will simply lose his spot if the Mets trade for Franklin or sign Drew. Lagares will likely be the starting cf regardless to what additions are made. Honestly I feel it is more a motivational tactic saying there is competition rather than real competition. Most of us feel the team is best set up  with Grandy in LF, Lagares in CF and CY in RF with EY coming off the bench. I'm still confused how EY was nominated for a GG last year, I just didn't see it.


Also I am pretty sure he outperforms Tejada in all aspects since not one portion of Tejada's game is really ML caliber. He has poor range, no power, not a strong arm, hits the ball in the air...he's here because we don't have anyone else, not because he's earned the job.

Nicholas Vargas
Nicholas Vargas

If he and Tejada get their OBP up, there is no question this lineup will produce consistently.

logic
logic

Are you a Mets fan? I see you as the disgruntled Indians fan in Major League. The ship will turn, and I'm certain you'll know it all then. The comment section has late stage cancer and the posting likes of yourself are the culprits.

Steven Glansberg
Steven Glansberg

@jamets  Who would you like to then? it's not exactly like we have guys getting on at a regular clip, you gotta deal with what you have and hope for the best.. that's our situation 

Ian Carvalho
Ian Carvalho

@Paul Garvin Kuhns  He still needs to hit more than EY though - because C. Young is no slouch in CF. It's not like people are talking about letting an all bat, no defense player man CF in his stead.

jamets
jamets

I don't get the impression that the front office or the manager are all that high on Lagares.    He certainly doesn't fit the offensive approach they prefer.  At least not yet.

And they actually went out and traded for EY, so I just don't buy that any the comments are a motivational ploy.

I wouldn't be surprised at all if Lagares gets traded.  And he could actually be a fit for the Mariners in a deal for Franklin.

jamets
jamets

I will be shocked if anyone other than Eric Young is hitting leadoff on opening day.

Chris Young could be a fit, at least against lefties.  But then you have to move d'Arnaud up in the lineup, and I would rather not do that either.

Vin Santiago
Vin Santiago

@jamets  What does that mean he doesn't fit the defensive approach?  The kid was one of the best defensive center fielders in the league last year.