Juan Osvaldo Lagares…On Twitter: @juanlagares2...Has played for Aguilas Cibaenas in Dominican Winter League nearly every offseason since 2009...Named an MiLB.com Organizational All-Star in 2011...Selected as 2010 South Atlantic League Mid-Season All-Star...Played in Arizona Fall League following 2011 season...Attended Centro Educativo Juan Pablo Duarte HS (San Pedro de Macoris, DR)…Enjoys playing video games.
Attended Spring Training with Padres...Was not selected to Padres Player Pool and was granted free agency July 14...Signed with Mets as minor league free agent, July 22 and was added to Player Pool...Spent majority of season at New York’s Alternate Training Site in Brooklyn...Had contract selected Aug. 22...Played in two games; did not record a plate appearance (three innings in CF)…Made season debut Aug. 25 in second game of doubleheader vs. Miami...Entered game as pinch runner in 6th inning and would finish the seven-inning game in center field....Only other appearance came Aug. 26 vs. Miami as defensive replacement for final two innings in center field.
Played in 133 games for NYM, slashing .213/.279/.326 with 12 2B, 1 3B, 5 HR, 27 RBI and 38 runs scored...made 67 starts (all in CF)...Was 4-for-7 (.571) with the bases loaded, including his 1st-career grand slam on September 12 vs. ARI, part of his 1st-career multi-HR game and career-high 6 RBI...Hit .179 (25-for-140) with 7 XBH, 14 RBI and 18 runs scored from Opening Day through June 30…hit .254 (30-for-118) with 11 XBH, 12 RBI and 20 runs scored from July 1-Sept. 29.
Batted .339 (20-59) with a double, a triple, six RBI and nine runs scored in 30 games before he suffered a complete tear of the big toe plantar plate on May 17...Was placed on the 10-Day Disabled List on May 18 and missed the rest of the season...Was transferred to the 60-Day Disabled List on May 30...Underwent surgery at the Hospital for Special Surgery on May 2...The surgery was performed by Dr. Jonathan Deland and Dr. Mark Drakos...Collected a career-high-tying four hits and three RBI on May 15 vs. Toronto...Went 4-5 with a triple and two runs scored...Batted .429 (15-35) in 15 games at Citi Field...Started 13 games in center field...Hit .300 (6-20) with two doubles, one triple and one RBI in seven games for Aguilas in the Dominican Winter League.
Began the season on the 10-Day Disabled List (left oblique) before being activated on April 13...Placed on the 10-Day DL on June 16 with a fracture of the IP joint in his left thumb... Underwent surgery to repair the IP joint in his left thumb on June 19...Was activated from the DL on August 10...Had a procedure to remove the pin from his left thumb on October 9...Finished the year with a 24.7 UZR (Ultimate Zone Rating) per 150 games, best in the majors among outfielders who played at least 500 innings in the field...Had 15 defensive runs saved, third-most in the National League despite playing in 94 games (566.2 innings)...Trailed Jason Heyward (18 defensive runs saved in 1008.1 innings) and Yasiel Puig (18 defensive runs saved in 1201.2 innings)...Batted .314 (22-70) with five doubles, one triple, two home runs, eight RBI and 14 runs scored in 34 games during May and June...Hit .269 (25-93) with five doubles, one triple, two home runs, eight RBI and 17 runs scored in 47 games prior to the All-Star break...In 47 games after the break, Lagares hit .239 (38-159) with 11 doubles, one triple, one home run, seven RBI and 20 runs scored...Saw action in 85 games in centerfield (58 starts)...Had seven outfield assists, tied for 12th in the NL, and three errors in 172 total chances (.983 fielding percentage)...Tied his career-high with four hits on June 6 at Texas...Was his third career four-hit game.
On the 15-Day Disabled List from June 16-July 2 with a sprained left thumb and again from July 29-September 16 with a sprained left thumb...Had surgery on August 1 to repair a torn ligament in his thumb...Batted .264 (29-110) with six doubles, one triple, two home runs and six RBI in 57 games before the All-Star break...Hit .293 (17-58) in 30 games from May 1-June 16 (day he landed on the DL)...Was 5-16 (.313) as a pinch-hitter...Hit his second career pinch-hit homer on May 28 vs. Los Angeles-NL...Went 3-4 with a homer and tied his career-high with three RBI on May 27 vs. Los Angeles-NL.
Three of his six home runs gave the Mets the lead...Eight of his 14 career home runs have put the Mets ahead...Hit in a franchise-record 14 straight home games to start the season...Ken Singleton held the previous record with a 12-game hitting streak at Shea Stadium to begin the 1970 season (Courtesy of Elias)...Batted .300 (27-90) with RISP...Hit .273 (33-121) vs. lefthanders...Had three outfield assists...Started 106 games in centerfield... Went 4-4 with three runs scored, a triple and an RBI on April 25 at Yankee Stadium...His four hits tied a career high....Hit a pinch-hit, three-run home run on August 13 vs. Colorado...Was the first pinch-hit home run of his career.... Batted .291 (16-55) in 25 games in August... Seven of his 16 hits in August went for extra bases (four doubles, one triple, two home runs)... Signed a contract extension through 2019 on April 1.
Scored seven runs in 13 postseason games...Hit .348 (8-23) in the postseason... Went 2-3 with a stolen base in Game 1 of the World Series....Collected two hits off the bench in Game 1 of the World Series...It was the 23rd time in World Series history a player had multiple hits in a game that he did not start...Scored three times in Game 3 of the NLDS vs. Los Angeles...Hit .429 (3-7) with two doubles in four NLDS games vs. the Dodgers.
Earned his first Rawlings Gold Glove Award...Made his first Opening Day roster this season...Went to the 15-Day Disabled List twice...From, April 15-May 1, had a right hamstring strain...Then from June 2-June 26, had a right intercostal strain...Also left the game on September 16 with a hyperextended right elbow that ended his year...Finished second among major league outfielders with 28 defensive runs saved, playing 372.0 fewer innings than leader Jason Heyward, who had 32...Also had six assists, with three getting a runner at home...His Ultimate Zone Rating per 150 games (UZR/150) was 25.3, second among all players...Chase Headley was first with 28.0...Had an extra-base hit in the first three games, tied for the second-longest streak to begin a season in franchise history...Rico Brogna went five straight in 1995...Scored a career high-tying three runs on Opening Day, March 31 vs. Washington...Also did it on September 2 at Miami...Had four extra-base hits, the most by a Mets player through the team's first three games since 2008 (Carlos Beltran, franchise record-tying five; David Wright, four)...Hit in a Mets season high-tying 13 straight games (.339, 19-56), April 5-May 4...It was the longest streak of his career and the longest by a Mets player in his first or second season since David Wright had a 15-game run in 2005...Previous high was 12 straight, August 25-September 7, 2013...David Wright also hit in 13 straight, August 2-August 14...Hit in five straight, with multiple hits in four of the five (.500, 9-18), August 22-August 27...Drove in seven runs during a four-game RBI streak, August 23-August 27. Voted ESPN's Defensive Player of the Month in August...Led the majors with 13 defensive runs saved in the month...Collected a career-best four hits, three runs, two RBI, two stolen bases and a walk from the leadoff spot on September 2...Marked the first time a Mets leadoff hitter reached five times in a game since 2011 (Jose Reyes)....The only other Met in team history to have four or more hits in a game with multiple RBI and stolen bases was Reyes on July 23, 2005 vs. the Dodgers when he went 4-5 with two RBI and two stolen bases...From August 22 through the end of the season, hit .323 (30-93)...Had two home runs and 13 RBI during this stretch...From August 29 through the end of the season, swiped nine bases, tied for the second-most in the majors and one behind the lead...Stole a career-best three bases on September 7 at Cincinnati...Went 30-86 (.349) against lefthanders...Started 37 games from the leadoff spot, hitting .276 (43-156) with a .329 on-base percentage.
Spent the majority of the season in New York after opening the year with Las Vegas (AAA) of the Pacific Coast League. Finished among the NL rookie leaders in numerous offensive categories: games (7th), at-bats (6th), hits (6th), doubles (tied for 5th), RBI (10th) and triples (tied for 2nd). Appeared in 108 games, 88 starts, in centerfield and 14 games, nine starts, in rightfield. Recalled from Las Vegas on April 23 and made his major league debut that night vs. Los Angeles-NL, entering the game in the top of the fifth as part of a double-switch...Flew out to leftfield in his first plate appearance before a seventh-inning single in his next at-bat...Played centerfield. Made his first career start, April 24 vs. Los Angeles-NL...Hit eighth and played centerfield...Drew a walk and finished 0-2. Collected his first outfield assist on May 1 at Miami, throwing out Nick Green at home plate. Hit his first major league home run, May 19 at Chicago-NL (off Travis Wood), a two-run shot that tied the game in the seventh inning...They were his first two big league RBI...Also finished the game with two hits, his first multi-hit game at the major league level...Before him, the last player who first major league home run was a game-tying or go-ahead home run in the seventh inning or later with the team was Lastings Milledge, who hit a 10th-inning game-tying home run off the Giants' Armando Benitez on June 4, 2006 at Shea. Set a career-high with three hits, June 5 at Washington...Tied that total six more times, last on September 22 at Philadelphia. Had multiple hits in three straight games vs. Philadelphia with an extra-base hit in each game (two doubles, a home run), July19-July 21...Won the National League Player of the Week for the period ending July 21...Batted .700 (7-10) and tied for the majors lead for the week in hits. Hit .353 (24-68) with nine extra-base hits in 22 July games,15 starts...Had multiple hits in eight games during the month...His average led all rookies (minimum 50 at-bats). Hit in a career-best and team high-tying 12 straight games, August 25-September 7...Went 17-46 (.370) during his run. S apped an 0-19 with a single on September 18 vs. San Francisco. Went 2-10 (.200) as a pinch-hitter.
Spent the entire season with Binghamton (AA) of the Eastern League, appearing in a career-most 130 games...Had a single-game season-best three hits 11 times, last on August 29 at Reading...Hit .331 (44-133) against lefthanded pitching...In 64 home games, batted .313 (73-233) with a .433 slugging percentage...Set the record for most putouts (353) by an outfielder in B-Mets history...Surpassed the old record of 349 by Emmanuel
Garcia in 2009...Played all three outfield positions, making 21 putouts in leftfield, 215 in centerfield and 117 in rightfield...Hit .328 (39-119) in 28 July games...Also went 7-7 in stolen base attempts during the month...Appeared in the leadoff spot 64 times during the season, hitting .304 (78-257) from the top of the order.
Hit a combined .349 (164-470) in 120 combined games with St. Lucie (A) of the Florida State League and Binghamton
(AA) of the Eastern League...His .349 batting average ranked second among all Mets minor leaguers...Hit .365 (27-74) in 21 May games and .368 (35-95) in 24 June contests with St. Lucie...Had two home runs and knocked in four runs at Brevard on May 15 in game one of a doubleheader...Also drove in four
runs vs. Palm Beach on June 14 and June 22 at Charlotte...Hit safely in 10 straight games from June 14-June 27...Batted .477 (21-44) over that stretch...Recorded four hits at Clearwater, July 18...Also had 16 games with two hits and 12 contests with three hits while at St. Lucie...Joined Binghamton on July 23...Compiled a .382 (13-34) batting average with runners in scoring position at Binghamton...Went 5-5 with two doubles and a triple at Reading on July 24...Collected at least two hits in 12 games and recorded
three hits in five different games with Binghamton...Hit safely in 34 of his 38 games played...Batted .376 (38-101) in 24 games during the month of August...Put together a 19-game hitting streak from August 7-August 30...Hit .384 (33-86) over that span.
Named to the South Atlantic League All-Star team...Hit .300 in 67 games for Savannah.
Finished third in the Dominican Summer League in triples.