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Sam Haggerty's Legs Carry Him To Majors



Sam Haggerty’s September callup to the Mets went viral.

The 25-year-old second baseman was captured on video receiving the news from Triple-A Syracuse manager Tony DeFrancesco that he was promoted to the major leagues for the first time, evoking a heart tug of emotions.

"As a manager, that’s all I want to do is shake somebody’s hand for the first time,” DeFrancisco said on the video as he announces Haggerty’s promotion to the Mets.

Haggerty appeared in 11 games, giving the Mets an explosive pinch-running option as they competed in the National League wild card race. He went hitless in four at-bats.

"His legs are probably his greatest weapon,” assistant general manager Adam Guttridge said.

In 86 games in the minors—mostly split between Double-A Binghamton and Syracuse—the switch-hitting Haggerty batted .271/.376/.387 with three home runs and 23 stolen bases.

The Mets acquired Haggerty and 25-year-old righthander Walker Lockett last winter in the trade that sent catcher Kevin Plawecki to the Indians.

Cleveland drafted Haggerty in the 24th round in 2015 from New Mexico.

"He is probably the most talented baserunner in the (Mets') organization,” a talent evaluator said. "He knows exactly what he’s doing and he’s got speed to back it as well. He’s not learning, he’s already there. He’s got to be a little more consistent offensively, so he’s got work to do on that.

"He’s a utility-type player you don’t want to overexpose offensively until he gets his swing better. He still strikes out a little bit too much for me.”

Haggerty understands the challenge that lies ahead if he wants a return to the big leagues. Versatility will be key, and he started games in left field as well as shortstop and third base in the minors this season.

"I know I am capable with the bat and I can make an impact,” he said. "In time, hopefully I will be able to show that.”

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