Mets OF Juan Lagares has had an opportunity to display his new swing in Port St. Lucie after working with Craig Wallenbrock during the off-season, and he says his teammates -- including OF Yoenis Cespedes -- are starting to take notice.
"They say I look like way better," Lagares said on Saturday after hitting at First Data Field, according to the New York Daily News. "I feel a little different and I feel way better."
Wallenbrock has worked with other players such as Chris Taylor of the Dodgers and JD Martinez, both of whom saw improvements in their swing. Lagares is striving to hit the ball in the air more often after struggling to do so in previous years.
"For a couple years I hit the ball like pretty hard, but on the ground," he said. "Now I try to do the same, but in the air. Like I say, it's all about keep working and try to get better."
The 28-year-old is hoping the off-season work translates into in-game success. A career .257 hitter through his first five seasons, Lagares hit .250 with three home runs and 15 RBIs in 94 games in 2017. He won a Gold Glove in 2014, but has struggled at the plate at times and suffered a series of injuries. Still, his aggressive approach as an outfielder will remain unchanged.
"You know, it's the way I play. I always go after everything 100 percent,"