Yesterday, Juan Lagares and Jefry Marte made their Arizona Fall League debuts. RF Lagares just continued his strong work from the regular season, when he hit a combined .349/.383/.500 between advanced-A and AA, going 2-6 with two strikeouts.
3B Marte (pictured) was 1-for-3 with two walks, and a strikeout. Marte was significantly better in the first half of the 2011 season when he hit .283/.357/.402 than in the second when he slipped to .210/.263/.284. It’s not all batting average: his first half isolated slugging percentage was .119 while it slipped to .074 in the second half. Also, he walked at a 9.4% clip in the first half and 5.6% in the second half. He had eight multi-walk games in 2011, but just one in the second half. What happened? Can he regain his first-half form in the AFL?
You know, the way he hit in the first half moves him closer to double-A readiness than I thought.