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How valuable was Juan Lagares from a defensive perspective?
According to John Dewan's Stat of the Week, Lagares' 11 runs saved from the outfield ranked second in the majors last season -- trailing only Gerardo Parra's 12. Jose Bautista ranked third with nine, followed by Adam Jones with seven. Leonys Martin, Chris Denorfia, Carlos Gomez and Alex Gordon saved six runs apiece.
Writes Dewan about Lagares:
He did that in only 820 innings at the position. His lofty total was supported by his 12 kills -- runners thrown out without the assist of a relay man. That is the sixth-highest total in the last five seasons. He trailed Parra’s 15 kills last season, but Lagares joined Adam Jones -- who had 10 kills in 2010 and 13 kills in 2011 -- as one of only two center fielders to exceed eight kills in a season since 2009.
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