Juan Lagares is working this winter with Craig Wallenbrock, who is the hitting instructor credited with changing J.D. Martinez's swing, according to NY Times reporter James Wagner.
Lagares is looking to follow the greater trend of Major League Baseball: hit more fly balls and, in turn, more home runs.
"This was my idea," Lagares told Wagner. "I'm trying to find the help that may benefit me."
Of course, Lagares isn't about to turn into Aaron Judge, but any excess home runs would be a good thing for both player and club.
"It can help me," Lagares said. "I have to keep working on it. Just because I went to them doesn't mean I'm going to hit 50 home runs.''
Lagares, though, says nothing matters if he doesn't get the at-bats.
"It's my first year doing this," Lagares said. "I hope to have a good year. And it also depends on the opportunities I get. I can do all this, and if I don't get the chances to play, I can't do anything."
Last season, in 252 at-bats, Lagares hit .250 with a .365 SLG and .296 OBP. He hit 3 HR and notched 15 RBI.
Wallenbrock's greatest success story is Martinez. Prior to working with Wallenbrock, Martinez hit .251 with a .300 OBP and just 24 home runs in nearly 900 at-bats, during which he bounced between the Astros and their upper-level affiliates.
The season after working with Wallenback, at which time Martinez was 26-years-old, he hit .315 with 23 home runs and 76 RBI, while striking out less and getting on base more than earlier in his career.
In his subsequent three seasons, Martinez has hit 105 home runs and enters this winter a top free agent corner outfielder reportedly seeking a $200 million contract.