|Profile: Juan Lagares has fallen from what a few, if only a small minority of Mets fans, dreamed would be a perennial All Star to what is now, at best, an injury plagued fourth outfielder. From his ailing UCL in his elbow to the ailing UCL in his thumb, he’s had ligament trouble for two consecutive seasons, opting for surgery on his thumb in 2016 and missing much of the season as a result. During his 160 plate appearances he managed to post the second highest slugging percentage of his career, .380, a mere two points below his 2014 mark. He also posted his highest walk rate, 6.9%, and lowest strikeout rate, 16.9%. All of his peripherals point towards slow and steady offensive improvements, however his injuries have denied him the chance to fully develop at the major league level, and there may not be be many opportunities for playing time going into the 2017 season. Cespedes appears to be a full time left fielder, but both Granderson and Conforto appear to be options to play center field, relegating Lagares to defensive replacement duties. His moderate success against left handed pitching could be his saving grace, spelling Conforto and Bruce against the occasional left handed starting pitcher. (Andrew Perpetua)|
The Quick Opinion: Barring significant injuries, Juan Lagares doesn’t appear to have any realistic shot at becoming a starting outfielder for the Mets in 2017. This combined with his modest, albeit improving, offense means his fantasy value to near zero.