Lagares set a franchise rookie record with 15 outfield assists. His 3.5 dWAR was second only to Brewers OF Carlos Gomez (4.6) among National League center fielders.
D-backs OF Gerardo Parra was named the top defender in the National League, with Red Sox 2B Dustin Pedroia named the top defender in the American League.
Lagares was spectacular this past season. He saved 26 runs, which was among the best in baseball, he displayed a laser-like arm and did it with incredible range, gliding to line drives and fly-balls hit all around him. In a perfect world, the Mets acquire more power and better hitters at other positions and Lagares starts in center field, because he's a terrific defensive player, giving his bat time to develop.