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Juan Lagares needs more seasoning
Manager Terry Collins has done a pretty good job of mixing and matching his lineup for the most part this season. Now it's time to shake up his bench.
Outfielder Juan Lagares looks overmatched at the plate right now. He has just two hits in 18 at-bats (.111) since being called up from Triple-A Las Vegas on April 22. He's not doing himself or the Mets any good withering on the bench, so he needs to be sent back to the 51s so he can play every day.
Catcher Anthony Recker has struggled as well as John Buck's backup. The Allentown, PA, native is hitting a meager .083 in 12 at-bats and also needs to play every day, so a trip back to the Nevada desert will benefit him in the long run.
In their place, general manager Sandy Alderson should promote infielder Josh Satin and catcher Juan Centeno from Las Vegas.
Satin has major league experience and had a solid spring training camp this year. Entering last night's Triple-A game, the 28-year-old Satin was hitting .312 with four HR and 18 RBI in 109 AB. He can be an effective right-handed stick off the pine.
Centeno is a left-handed batter and is hitting .292 along with a .370 OBP in Las Vegas. He handles duties behind the plate well and, despite not having much power, is a good contact hitter that can spray the ball around the field.
These moves aren't going to shake up the National League, but they should improve New York's bench and give Collins more flexibility when he needs to make a move.