Center Field – Juan Lagares
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.