Peoria hitting coach, Alonzo Powell (a former big league outfielder) had some good things to say about Marte and Lagares: (via MLB.com)
Powell on Marte:
He's a young kid with a lot of potential with pretty good strength and good bat speed. He got a 1-0 fastball up in the zone and he put a good swing on it to left-center field. I see a kid that has got really good bat speed and gap-to-gap power. He just needs to be more confident.In 8 games for Peoria Marte is hitting .259/.364/.407, HR, 7 RBI, 4 BB, 6 K (27 AB).
Powell on Lagares:
Juan came through with two strikes. He got a fastball up in the zone, too, and hit it into the bullpen. He is a five-tool type of player and he plays a real good center field. He has a lot of potential. We make sure we try to get him in there on Wednesdays and Saturdays. He's done a good job and he's been working hard.Powell is referring to Lagares being on the Peoria taxi squad, which allows him to play two games per week.
Lagares has made the most of his opportunity so far, hitting .389/.421/.778, 2B, 2 HR, 4 RBI, BB, 3K in 4 games (18 AB) for Peoria. What I am most impressed with is the fact that Lagares has been playing center-field and hitting third in the lineup, comprised of higher end prospects.
I got a chance to watch Lagares play in Binghamton this season, and I was impressed with his ability. Here is my scouting report on Lagares.