Juan Lagares continued some of his offensive trends from the regular season with the Mets right into winter ball action with the Aguilas Cibaenas. He hit .276/.333/.293 overall but was great against left-handed pitching going 7 for 13 without a strikeout. However, he was just 9 for 45 against righties with 11 strikeouts.
He did have an eight-game hitting streak that was snapped in what will be his last game of the winter season with the Aguilas not making the playoffs. More importantly though is the fact that Lagares had two outfield assists in his last game including throwing out a runner trying to score from second on a single.
Lagares had seven runs scored, five RBI, five walks, double, and two stolen bases in 16 games for the Aguilas. Here are some highlights from his time in the DWL, game-winning bloop single, go-ahead single to right field, and this nice lunging play in center field.
Here are the rest of the Mets affiliated players regular season stats:
- John Mora – Got into only one game for the Aguilas without receiving an at bat.
- Yeixon Ruiz – Was 0 for 1 in the only game action he saw for the Estrellas de Oriente.
- Jhoan Urena – Went 1 for 4 with a double in his only game for the Gigantes del Cibao.
- Jean Rodriguez – Played only one game for the Leones del Escogido going 1 for 4.
- Dario Alvarez – 3.97 ERA, 1.76 WHIP with eight strikeouts/eight walks in 11.1 innings (21 games) split between Aguilas and Toros del Este.
- Chase Huchingson – 3.86 ERA, 1.71 WHIP with two strikeouts in 2.1 innings (5 games) for the Tigres del Licey.
- Rainy Lara – Pitched seven games (one start) for Leones going 1-0 with a 3.27 ERA, 1.55 WHIP with seven strikeouts compared to five walks in 11 innings.
- Luis Mateo – Allowed two runs on two hits with one strikeout in two innings for Leones.
- Jenrry Mejia – Made 9 appearances (8 starts) for Tigres going 1-3 with a 3.92 ERA, 1.33 WHIP with 26 strikeouts/12 walks in 39 innings.
- Stolmy Pimentel – Had a 3.18 ERA, 1.41 WHIP with two strikeouts/walk in 5.2 innings for the Estrellas before being shutdown with bicep tendonitis in his throwing arm.
Rafael Montero made his winter ball debut for Leones on Monday pitching one inning allowing a solo homerun and striking out two. The team announced that the Mets want him to be used as a reliever and he could be active for the playoffs.
The Dominican League playoffs started last night with the four qualifying teams starting their 18-game round robin. The two teams with the best records in the round robin will then play in a best-of-nine series for the championship.
Alejandro De Aza made his winter ball debut for the Toros del Este last night going 0 for 3 with a walk as the designated hitter in their 3-2 win in game one of the playoffs.
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