New York Mets position players may be officially reporting to camp later this week, but like many others, outfielder Juan Lagares is already in Port St. Lucie and is ready to get the 2019 season started.
Lagares spoke to MLB.com from Port St. Lucie on Sunday afternoon, and he told them he is feeling really good heading into this upcoming season.
“I’m excited, I’ve been waiting for this moment for a long time. Since after I got hurt I’ve been working so hard to get to this moment,” Lagares said.
Last season, the 29-year old got off to a strong start to the season. Offensively he was hitting .339/.375/.765, and defensively in center, he posted a 1.4 UZR and five defensive runs saved.
The 2018 season was looking bright for Lagares, however in early-May the injury bug struck again. After appearing in just 30 games before he was forced to undergo season ending toe surgery after suffering a torn plantar plate while trying to catch a fly ball.
Over the past three seasons, Lagares has played in just a combined 203 games. Despite that, Lagares is still in high hopes for the 2019 season.
“I feel really good, and I feel stronger right now. I’ve been working really hard to be ready for this spring and this upcoming season,” the 29-year old added.
A healthy Lagares could go a long way for the Mets in 2019. There’s no denying that when healthy, he is one of the best center fielder’s in baseball. If he can stay healthy, I think he will win the centerfield job, and will be starting in between Michael Conforto and Brandon Nimmo come Opening Day.