Fangraphs Choice for CF Golden Glove


Center Field – Juan Lagares

Juan Lagares945.024.719.729.6.922.984
Ender Inciarte649.
Billy Hamilton1199.114.216.811.7.950.994
Last year, Jeff Sullivan wrote one of my favorite posts on this site, regarding Juan Lagares and his arm. Lagares is a former infielder, and he takes routes to ground balls in the outfield unlike many I’ve ever seen, putting him in great position to make throws. He basically plays center field like a shortstop, and it’s incredible to watch. Lagares’ ARM score last year was one of the best in recent history. Lagares’ ARM score this year was just good – not great – and he still posted the highest tDEF/1000 of any player in major league baseball, because he also showcased excellent range and an ability to prevent errors. Comparing the two is apples and oranges, but Lagares may very well challenge Andrelton Simmons for the best defensive player in baseball, and it will be a shame if he doesn’t come home with the actual Gold Glove Award.
Biggest offenders: Ben Revere (-10.2), Andrew McCutchen (-8.5), Angel Pagan (-6.9).



Thomas Brennan said...

When Lagares wins the Gold soon, I'll think of the unknown fan who, back in spring 2013, was adamant that Juan be left off the 40 man roster. I replied, asking that fan if it might be possible the guy who hit .350 in 2012 might perhaps have just had an off year in 2013. My guess is neither of at the time had any inkling Juan had the best OF fielding skills of any Met ever.

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