Juan Lagares

Juan Lagares

33-Year-Old OutfielderOF
 Free Agent  Foreign
2023 Fantasy Outlook
There was no outlook written for Juan Lagares in 2023. Check out the latest news below for more on his current fantasy value.
$Signed a one-year contract with the Angels in May of 2022. Released by the Angels in June of 2022.
Headed to KBO
OFFree Agent  F
July 8, 2022
Lagares agreed Friday with the SSG Landers of the Korea Baseball Organization on a one-year contract, Jee-ho Yoo of the Yonhap News Agency reports.
ANALYSIS
Rather than continuing his career in North America after recently being granted his release from the Angels, Lagares will test his luck in South Korea as part of a championship-contending Landers team. The defensive-minded outfielder struggled at the plate during his stint in the majors with the Angels this season, but he should find more success in the KBO while facing off against lower-caliber pitching.
Read More News
Batting Stats
Loading Batting Stats...
2022
2021
2020
2019
2018
2017
2022 MLB Game Log
Calculate Stats Over Time
Just click on any two dates.
Scoring
FanDuel
DraftKings
Yahoo DFS
FantasyDraft
Head2Head
Loading Batting Game Log...
2021 MLB Game Log
Calculate Stats Over Time
Just click on any two dates.
Scoring
FanDuel
DraftKings
Yahoo DFS
FantasyDraft
Head2Head
Loading Batting Game Log...
2020 MLB Game Log
Calculate Stats Over Time
Just click on any two dates.
Scoring
FanDuel
DraftKings
Yahoo DFS
FantasyDraft
Head2Head
Loading Batting Game Log...
2019 MLB Game Log
Calculate Stats Over Time
Just click on any two dates.
Scoring
FanDuel
DraftKings
Yahoo DFS
FantasyDraft
Head2Head
Loading Batting Game Log...
2018 MLB Game Log
Calculate Stats Over Time
Just click on any two dates.
Scoring
FanDuel
DraftKings
Yahoo DFS
FantasyDraft
Head2Head
Loading Batting Game Log...
2017 MLB Game Log
Calculate Stats Over Time
Just click on any two dates.
Scoring
FanDuel
DraftKings
Yahoo DFS
FantasyDraft
Head2Head
Loading Batting Game Log...
Minor League Game Log
Calculate Stats Over Time
Just click on any two dates.
Loading Minor League Batting Game Log...
Batting Order Slot Breakdown
vs Right-Handed Pitchers
vs RHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
2
1
1
2
3
vs Left-Handed Pitchers
vs LHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
1
2
4
Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2020
 
 
+23%
OPS vs LHP
2022
 
 
+5%
OPS vs RHP
2021
 
 
+27%
OPS vs LHP
2020
No Stats
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2020vs Left .691 142 21 3 11 0 .233 .270 .421
Since 2020vs Right .564 247 22 3 27 1 .225 .250 .314
2022vs Left .447 23 2 0 0 0 .136 .174 .273
2022vs Right .468 39 2 0 0 0 .211 .231 .237
2021vs Left .739 119 19 3 11 0 .252 .288 .450
2021vs Right .582 208 20 3 27 1 .227 .254 .328
2020vs Left 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2020vs Right .000 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
More Splits View More Split Stats
Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2020
 
 
+19%
OPS on Road
2022
 
 
+107%
OPS on Road
2021
 
 
+8%
OPS on Road
2020
No Stats
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2020Home .562 218 25 1 21 1 .223 .251 .311
Since 2020Away .670 171 18 5 17 0 .233 .265 .405
2022Home .341 41 3 0 0 0 .171 .171 .171
2022Away .707 21 1 0 0 0 .211 .286 .421
2021Home .616 177 22 1 21 1 .236 .270 .345
2021Away .665 150 17 5 17 0 .236 .262 .403
2020Home .000 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
2020Away 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
More Splits View More Split Stats
Stat Review
How does Juan Lagares compare to other hitters?
This section compares his stats with all batting seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 400 plate appearances)*. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that stat and it would be considered average.

* Exit Velocity and Barrels/PA % are benchmarked against 2019 data (min 400 PA) and Hard Hit Rate is benchmarked against last season's data (min 400 PA). See here for more exit velocity/barrels stats plus an explanation of current limitations with that data set.
  • BB/K
    Walk to strikeout ratio
  • BB Rate
    The percentage of plate appearances resulting in a walk.
  • K Rate
    The percentage of plate appearances resulting in a strikeout.
  • BABIP
    Batting average on balls in play. Measures how many of a batter’s balls in play go for hits.
  • ISO
    Isolated Power. Slugging percentage minus batting average. A computation used to measure a batter's raw power.
  • AVG
    Batting average. Hits divided by at bats.
  • OBP
    On Base Percentage. A measure of how often a batters reaches base. Roughly equal to number of times on base divided by plate appearances.
  • SLG
    Slugging Percentage. A measure of the batting productivity of a hitter. It is calculated as total bases divided by at bats.
  • OPS
    On base plus slugging. THe sum of a batter's on-base percentage and slugging percentage.
  • wOBA
    Weighted on-base average. Measures a player's overall offensive contributions per plate appearance. wOBA combines all the different aspects of hitting into one metric, weighting each of them in proportion to their actual run value.
  • Exit Velocity
    The speed of the baseball as it comes off the bat, immediately after a batter makes contact.
  • Hard Hit Rate
    A measure of contact quality from Sports Info Solutions. This stat explains what percentage of batted balls were hit hard vs. medium or soft.
  • Barrels/PA
    The percentage of plate appearances where a batter had a batted ball classified as a Barrel. A Barrel is a batted ball with similar exit velocity and launch angle to past ones that led to a minimum .500 batting average and 1.500 slugging percentage.
  • Expected BA
    Expected Batting Average.
  • Expected SLG
    Expected Slugging Percentage.
  • Sprint Speed
    The speed of a runner from home to first, in feet per second.
  • Ground Ball %
    The percentage of balls put in play that are on the ground.
  • Line Drive %
    The percentage of balls put in play that are line drives.
  • Fly Ball %
    The percentage of balls put in play that are fly balls.
BB/K
0.13
 
BB Rate
3.2%
 
K Rate
24.2%
 
BABIP
.244
 
ISO
.067
 
AVG
.183
 
OBP
.210
 
SLG
.250
 
OPS
.460
 
wOBA
.204
 
Exit Velocity
88.4 mph
 
Hard Hit Rate
33.3%
 
Barrels/PA
1.6%
 
Expected BA
.216
 
Expected SLG
.305
 
Sprint Speed
25.4 ft/sec
 
Ground Ball %
37.8%
 
Line Drive %
15.6%
 
Fly Ball %
46.7%
 
Advanced Batting Stats
Loading Advanced Batting Stats...
Additional Stats
Games By Position
Defensive Stats
Loading Games Played by Position...
Loading MLB Defensive Stats...
Batted Ball Stats
Loading Batted Ball Stats...
Stats Vs Upcoming Pitchers
Want more matchup stats?
Loading Matchup Stats...
Past Fantasy Outlooks
2020
2019
2018
2017
2016
2015
2014
Lagares' seventh season in the majors was his worst one yet. While he started in center field on Opening Day and remained healthy all year, he received just 285 plate appearances and did very little with them, hitting .213/.279/.326, good for a career-worst 60 wRC+. He also posted a career-high 26.3% strikeout rate, well above his career 20.6% mark. The struggles were particularly disappointing on the heels of his 2018 campaign, where an overhauled swing led him to a .339/.375/.390 line and a 14.1% strikeout rate in 64 plate appearances before season-ending toe surgery. Lagares' struggles at the plate in 2020 followed him into the field as well, where he graded out as below average by both DRS and UZR for the first time in his career. It's hard to envision a player who's historically had a weak bat and who is now a questionable defender seeing much playing time as he heads into his age-31 season.
Lagares was off to a hot start last season before undergoing season-ending toe surgery in mid-May. In 64 plate appearances, he hit .339/.375/.390, numbers which represent career bests in all three categories. It's unwise to read too much into such a small sample, especially since it came with a .392 BABIP, but there are reasons to believe that at least some of the improvement was real. He cut his strikeout rate by 6.5 percentage points (down to 14.1%) after he reportedly made offseason swing changes. It will take more than a small improvement for Lagares to be a viable fantasy option, however, as his career line sits at .260/.300/.367 in 583 games. Playing time could be available with Yoenis Cespedes (heel) expected to miss at least the first half of the season, but Keon Broxton will probably get the first chance to win the center-field job. Expectations should remain low despite Lagares' small-sample success last year.
Lagares is going to have a major-league job in 2018 because he is an excellent defensive outfielder. That does not mean much for your fantasy teams because he is not an excellent hitter. He is not even a serviceable hitter as he lacks power and does not reach base enough to utilize the speed that he shows in closing the gaps in the outfield to take away extra base hits from opposing hitters. Lagares is currently projected as the starting center fielder for the Mets, which means he will get more opportunity to display his limited offensive skill set. He may end up stealing 10-plus bases with a full-time job, but there is no chance he lasts in the leadoff spot of this lineup. Lagares will end up back in a reserve role or down in the bottom third of the lineup soon enough.
Lagares was hampered by a thumb injury for much of the season, as he was limited to just 79 games and only started in 31 of those. Though he hit a career-worst .239 with an OPS of just .681, his worst month came directly after he returned from his first DL stint, when he hit just .160/.263/.300 in 50 at-bats in July, so it's fair to wonder if his swing was impacted by the thumb ailment. Either way, Lagares' struggles against right-handed pitching continued, as he hit just .217 with a .295 OBP against righties. Though he's been a bit better than that for his career, he was essentially viewed as a small-side platoon option coming into 2016 anyway, so his at-bats will likely be even more limited to just southpaws going forward. He is the only true center fielder on the Mets, but Curtis Granderson figures to masquerade in center field against righties in order to keep a potent offensive configuration in place.
Fears that Lagares might require Tommy John surgery were erased in November when it was revealed that he would not require a procedure to repair the partially torn ligament in his throwing elbow. Playing through the injury impacted him at the plate, and in the field, as his defense graded out below his typical elite levels. His bat also regressed after he showed signs of progress in 2014. Lagares' defense ability will keep him in the lineup as a near everyday player, but he will need to show improvement against right-handed pitching (.253/.271/.328) in order to take advantage of his playing time volume. It's entirely possible that the 2014 numbers are his peak as a hitter, but it would be foolish to completely rule out the possibility of hitting coach Kevin Long finding a way to get more mileage out of his bat, and Lagares can be utilized in deeper formats against left-handed pitching in his current state.
Even while being derailed by two stints on the disabled list and a sprained elbow that cost him time late in the year, Lagares established himself as a premier defensive center fielder for the Mets in 2014, earning Gold Glove honors. Now 26, there are still questions as to just how much he will hit big league pitching, but the results last season were better than in his first stint in the big leagues in 2013. Not surprisingly, Lagares runs very well, which enabled him to steal 13 bases in 17 attempts last year, and he piled up 46 runs scored while spending most of his at-bats outside of the leadoff spot. With a more discerning eye at the plate, it's not unreasonable to think that Lagares could receive regular nods atop the Mets' lineup, but his 4.6% career walk rate suggests that aspect of his game is still a work in progress. As long as he's able to avoid a setback with his elbow, Lagares is positioned for an everyday job again in 2015, while the potential for further growth at the plate and on the basepaths makes him an intriguing endgame target.
Lagares got off to a hot start in 2013, batting .346 with three homers and nine RBI through 78 at-bats with Triple-A Las Vegas, to earn a late-April promotion to the big leagues. He got off to a slow start, but started turning it around on June 5 and was on a tear until early August. Lagares really struggled in September, as his lack of plate discipline -– 20:96 BB:K in 421 plate appearances -- and fatigue caught up with him. Lagares showed he could hit in the upper minors from the time he broke out in 2011, and his plus defense should help him find a path to big league at-bats. The Mets' plans for him in 2014 are less clear now, however, after the addition of free agents Curtis Granderson and Chris Young.
More Fantasy News
Reaches free agency
OFFree Agent  F
June 29, 2022
Lagares declined his outright assignment to Triple-A Salt Lake on Wednesday and elected free agency.
ANALYSIS
Subscribe now to instantly reveal our take on this news.
Clears waivers
OFLos Angeles Angels  F
June 29, 2022
The Angels outrighted Lagares to Triple-A Salt Lake on Wednesday.
ANALYSIS
Subscribe now to instantly reveal our take on this news.
Designated for assignment
OFLos Angeles Angels  F
June 24, 2022
Lagares was designated for assignment by the Angels on Friday.
ANALYSIS
Subscribe now to instantly reveal our take on this news.
Moves to reserve role
OFLos Angeles Angels  F
June 14, 2022
Lagares is not in the lineup for Tuesday's game versus the Dodgers, Sam Blum of The Athletic reports.
ANALYSIS
Subscribe now to instantly reveal our take on this news.
Likely headed for backup role
OFLos Angeles Angels  F
May 31, 2022
Lagares will start in left field and bat eighth in Thursday's game against the Yankees, Rhett Bollinger of MLB.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Subscribe now to instantly reveal our take on this news.