#98 Alay Lago, IF


Position: IF
Height: 6' 0"   Weight: 215 lbs
College Experience: None
Bats: R
Throws: R
Player Age: 28
Player Hometown: La Habana, CU


Lago delivered a memorable 2019 season in Sioux Falls, winning the American Association batting crown wtih a .339 average. In 92 games, the 28-year old blasted 30 doubles and 13 home runs, driving in 57 runs while adding 14 stolen bases. Lago was named a Midseason and Postseason All-Star for his efforts, going 1-for-4 in the All-Star Game and also appearing in the Home Run Derby.

The native of La Habana, Cuba, posted an impressive 36 multi-hit games in 2019, including 11 three-hit games and a pair of four-hit performances. All told, Lago finished the campaign with a .339/..386/.531 slash line, good for a .917 OPS that ranked 7th in the American Association among qualified hitters. His .393 wOBA checked in at 6th.

Lago's 2019 season included career-bests in virtually all major offensive categories. His 13 home runs with the Canaries represented one more than his previous eight professional seasons combined. In 399 plate appearances, Lago whiffed only 55 times, yielding a strong 13.7 strikeout rate, while improving his walk rate nearly four full percentage points from the 2018 season. Defensively, Lago served as the Canaries primary second baseman, though he also saw time at third base and shortstop.

Lago joined the American Association in 2018, signing with the Kansas City T-Bones on July 24. He contributed a .283 average over the final 37 regular season contests, then helped power the T-Bones to the title with a stellar postseason performance. The right-handed hitting infielder hit .303 in nine postseason games, going 7-for-15 in the Championship Series against St. Paul. He banged out four hits in the series opener, then added a go-ahead, two-run home run in the bottom of the sixth inning of Game Four that proved to be the difference. Kansas City traded Lago to Sioux Falls on March 20, 2019 in exchange for the reversionary rights to right-handed pitcher Ryan Fritze.

2020 Roster »
5 Tyler Wilson P
10 Chase Simpson IF
11 Jared Wilson P
13 Michael Gunn P
15 Zach Nehrir OF
16 Hunter Clanin OF
17 John Nester C
18 Grant Buck IF
22 Brent Clevlen Manager
24 John Rodriguez Hitting Coach
25 Bryan Saucedo P
27 Jesus Sanchez P
30 Mike Jeffcoat Pitching Coach
31 Angel Reyes OF
33 Garrett Alexander P
85 Joe Lienhard P
86 Michael Hill IF
87 Mason Melotakis P
88 Alex Boshers P
89 Nathan Foriest P
90 Landon Holifield P
91 Jake Joyce P
92 Arlett Mavare P
93 Osmer Morales P
94 Angelo Palumbo P
95 Rick Teasley P
96 Blake Grant-Parks C
97 David Gonzalez IF
98 Alay Lago IF
99 Colton Pogue IF

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