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Juan Lagares Newsbeat

Monday, October 26, 2015

Mets to choose Cespedes or Lagares in Game 1 |

Mike Petriello is lucky to be able to dabble in StatCast.


By name alone, the edge here easily goes to Lagares, who finished third among all outfielders in Defensive Runs Saved in 2013 (+28) and second in 2014 (+28 again). However, he fell off in 2015 to just +2 DRS, in part due to multiple injuries, primarily an injured right arm that often prevented him from wreaking as much havoc on opposing base runners as usual—though we did see him get it up to 95.6 mph in September. Cespedes, meanwhile, has been considered an elite left fielder (+15 DRS this year, +12 last year), and a below-average center fielder (-4 DRS this year, slight negatives in each of his four seasons).

Interestingly enough, Statcast™ doesn’t see all that much of a difference between the two in center.
(Route Eff. / Avg. First Step / Avg. Top Speed / Avg. Distance Covered)
Cespedes—90.2% / 0.79 seconds / 14.3 mph / 53.0 feet
Lagares—89.6% / 0.72 seconds / 14.3 mph / 54.2 feet

Despite the similarities, Lagares did convert 91.6 percent of the balls hit to him in center, as compared to Cespedes’ 88.4. In addition, Cespedes has been dealing with a shoulder injury, but expects to be available for Game 1.

Still, as impressive as this is for Cespedes, Lagares is still the one getting credit for all those tough plays that pump up his DRS, and that may be a matter of better positioning—that is, if he’s starting 15 feet closer to where the ball lands, he just doesn’t need to run as far or fast for it as Cespedes does. That’s one of the items we hope to better understand in the future as the Statcast™ data matures. For now, Collins could make a reasonable case that Cespedes is a capable enough center fielder, as he’s done for much of the postseason.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 26, 2015 at 10:52 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: juan lagares, mets, statcast, yoenis cespedes

Friday, June 19, 2015

Surgery not on table for Lagares | Amazin’ Stories |

Rest or Tommy John surgery?

The possibility of surgery was broached earlier in the afternoon when manager Terry Collins said the ways for Lagares’ elbow to improve would be to rest or have Tommy John surgery. Collins added Lagares can play through this injury.

“A lot of guys have,” Collins said. “We just have to be careful he doesn’t get crazy and make an awkward throw or try to overthrow too much.”

Jim Furtado Posted: June 19, 2015 at 06:15 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: juan lagares, mets



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