Martin Prado will be a starting second baseman; however, this will probably be in Richmond. There just isn’t roster space for him to be a reserve in the majors, not unless someone is traded or released, but if KJ flops in spring training Prado seems to be the backup plan. KJ better not flop.
I would rather have L’il Tony Pena on the bench than Chris Woodward. Really, I’d rather have neither, but L’il Tony at can least field and run. Yunel Escobar didn’t play particularly well in Mississippi and dropped down to about tenth on the prospect lists, but broke out in the Arizona Fall League. My belief is that he’s more valuable as a trade chit than in reality, but if he’s not traded will probably see action in spring training with a chance to earn his way onto the bench. Brent Lillibridge and Elvis Andrus should also be in spring training, but would need to explode there to make it. Lillebridge could be up some time this year.
As far as I know, James Jurries is still with the Braves, but he had a catastrophic season last year and his window of opportunity had closed even before the Wilson signing nailed it shut. Jarrod Saltalamacchia may get some work at first base this spring, but I don’t think he’ll be seriously considered unless Thorman is a complete disaster. Brian Jordan will not be on the roster, because I will take steps if they try it.
Martin Prado Baseball Statistics
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Yunel Escobar Baseball Statistics
Brent Lillibridge Baseball Statistics
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