Juan Lagares, Center Field, New York Mets, #12


Date of Birth: 3/17/1989
Birthplace: Constanza, Dominican Republic

Juan Lagares, center fielder for the New York Mets, was signed by the Mets as a free agent in 2006. He started as a shortstop in their minor league system but was moved to the outfield in 2009. He played in the minors from 2006 through part of 2013, finishing with a .282 batting average.

In 2013, Lagares batted .242 with 95 hits and 21 doubles in 121 games with the Mets. As a center fielder in 108 games, he made 257 putouts and 5 errors with a .982 fielding percentage. He finished the 2014 season with 117 hits, 24 doubles, 47 RBIs, 13 stolen bases, 87 strikeouts to 20 walks, and a .281 batting average.

Lagares won his first Gold Glove award in 2014. In 112 games as a center fielder, he made 293 putouts and 5 errors and he had a .984 fielding percentage.

Lagares played in 143 games with the Mets in 2015. He finished the season with 114 hits, 16 doubles, 41 RBIs, and a .259 batting average. As the Mets' center fielder in 137 games, he made 278 putouts and 2 errors. He had a strong postseason, batting .348 with 8 hits, including 2 doubles, and 2 stolen bases in 23 at-bats in 13 games.

Lagares spent time on the DL in 2016, playing in just 79 games with the Mets. He batted .239 with 34 hits. He didn't play in the Wild Card game.

Lagares was again on the DL in 2017, limiting his playing time to 94 games. He finished the season with 63 hits, 16 doubles, 56 strikeouts to 14 walks, and a .250 batting average. Defensively, as the Mets' center fielder in 85 games, he made 162 putouts and 3 errors.

Career batting statistics for Lagares through 2017 include:

  • 553 games played
  • 423 hits
  • 84 doubles
  • 146 RBIs
  • 353 strikeouts to 81 walks
  • .257 batting average

Career fielding statistics for Lagares as a center fielder through 2017 include:

  • 510 games played
  • 1,088 putouts
  • 16 errors
  • .986 fielding percentage

Sources for Information
Wikipedia - Juan Lagares
ESPN - Juan Lagares