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Juan Osvaldo Lagares

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Outfielder Juan Lagares made it to the majors in 2013.

Lagares was initially signed by New York Mets scouts Ismael Cruz and Juan Mercado in May 2006. He hit .255/.339/.412 and fielded .942 at short for the 2006 DSL Mets, finishing third in the Dominican Summer League with eight triples. He struggled in his US debut, hitting .210/.262/.317 and making 40 errors in 82 games at SS (fielding .911) for the Savannah Sand Gnats. He split 2008 between the Sand Gnats (.254/.285/.337 in 46 G) and the Brooklyn Cyclones (.250/.280/.389 in 19 G). In 2009, he was with Savannah (.274/.305/.333 in 47 G) and the GCL Mets (5 for 24, 2B, BB). He moved to the outfield that season. The next year, he played for Savannah for the fourth straight season, hitting .300/.318/.459 in 67 games; he also got into 33 games for the St. Lucie Mets and batted .233/.248/.316. He hit 9 triples and stole 25 bases in 30 tries, tying for second in the South Atlantic League in three-baggers (3 behind leader Evan Crawford). He was third in the Mets chain in triples and sixth in swipes.

2011 saw major strides for Lagares; he produced at a .338/.380/.494 clip in 82 games for St. Lucie and .370/.391/.512 in 38 games for the Binghamton Mets. He was third in the Mets chain in triples (9) and his .349 composite average led full-season Mets farmhands. He hit .283/.334/.389 with 6 triples for the 2012 Binghamton club. He set a Binghamton Mets record with 353 putouts, four ahead of Emmanuel Garcia's old mark. He also had 17 outfield assists, leading the Eastern League outfielders in both that department and putouts. Lagares began 2013 with the Las Vegas 51s, he batted .346/.378/.551 with 13 runs in 17 games. He was then called to the majors to replace Kirk Nieuwenhuis.

In his MLB debut, he entered in a double switch in the 5th, replacing Collin Cowgill in center with a 2-2 tie against the Dodgers. He flew out against Clayton Kershaw and singled off Paco Rodriguez in New York's 7-2 loss.

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