Juan Lagares Alters His Swing in Bid to Impress the Mets

Then there was Lagares’s launch angle, which is the vertical angle at which a ball leaves a player’s bat. The rule of thumb is that any ball struck at less than 10 degrees is a ground ball, any ball between 10 and 25 degrees is a line drive and anything between 25 and 50 degrees is a fly ball.

In 2017, Lagares’s launch angle dropped from 12.3 degrees in 2016 to 8.5. And that figure was way below the average in baseball in 2017, which, according to MLB.com, was nearly 12 degrees.

Which meant Lagares may have been pulling the ball more last season, but too many of the balls he hit were bouncing in the infield, to little effect. Indeed, his ground-ball rate rose from about 42 percent in 2016 to nearly 51 percent last season, according to FanGraphs.com. His fly-ball rate dropped to a career-low 29 percent.

Source: James Wagner, New York Times

Article includes a couple of more hitters helped by these hitting coaches, along with Lagares talking about wanting to hit 50 HR.

3 comments for “Juan Lagares Alters His Swing in Bid to Impress the Mets

  1. Eraff
    December 16, 2017 at 12:40 pm

    He cannot for more “Anything” if he continues to struggle with recognition of “His hittable Pitches” and the concept of Bals and Strikes.

    The Weak contact rate tells you waht you see when watching him…. the Pitcher is in charge of His ab’s, and he ends upo in a defensive and weak position

    • Chris F
      December 16, 2017 at 1:18 pm

      Lagares is the classic 0-1 batter. At 0-1 pitchers expand the zone and so they are pitching into the lefty batters box and he has to protect. Weak contact or swing and miss. Its exasperating. Im happy if he works on getting more hard contact, but he needs to swing at strikes and look at balls.

  2. Eraff
    December 16, 2017 at 3:09 pm

    That’s my point…. I don’t have the stat in front of me, but defensive swings in Pitcher counts drive weak contact rates—— launch angle specifics don’t help much with that

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

%d bloggers like this: