Wagner Lagrange OF
Bats/Throws: R/R Ht: 5’11 Wt: 187 Age: 22 (9/6/95)
So outside of a pretty decent baseball name, what might the Mets have here in Wagner Lagrange? Well, once again with this current crop of Mets youngsters, the proof is going to have to start showing up in that figurative pudding. Hopefully outfielder Wagner Lagrange is ready to start making some serious pudding in full season ball for the Columbia Fireflies.
Signed out of the Domincan Republic in 2015, Wagner’s professional career has been up and down. He had a nice debut in the DSL in 2015, taking home a Mets organizational Sterling Award for his level. 2016 was not as kind, as he struggled to a .577 OPS as a 20 year old in his stateside debut for the GCL Mets. All is not lost, however, for the toolsy outfielder, as 2017 saw him put his nice tools to good use.
As you can see in this viedo of a BP session, Lagrange does not try to slap at the baseball. He uses a leg kick to help transfer his weight, and generates good bat speed. With his load up high at the shoulders, his swing path generates good loft, leading to the projection that Lagrange can hit for power. Most impressively, Lagrange started to show some of that power in the Appalachian League last year, slugging .465 over 185 at-bats, while showing impressive contact skills. Lagrange makes excellent contact considering the length in his powerful swing, as exhibited by a career 12% K-rate over 652 professional at bats. Lagrange has clearly enjoyed attacking counts early, as he also has walked at a modest 7% clip.
Defensively, Lagrange has average outfield range and a plus arm that is suited for right field. The biggest wet towel on Lagrange’s career to date is his age for the level he’s played at. 21 was slightly old for the Appalachian League, and Lagrange needs to win over skeptics by continuing to produce during full season ball. If Lagrange can continue to hone his solid contact skills, and growing ability to get to his power, he can put himself more firmly on the prospect map as a 22 year old in low-A ball. Likewise, any further delays in development will make the skeptics look prescient. Lagrange definitely has a lot of evaluators curious to see what he can do, because the total skill set (hit + power + arm) is intriguing. Time to make some pudding Wagner, with an extra scoop of proof please.