Last season, I made fun of Prado — a lot — but he was an awfully good bench player. His batting line of .320 .377 .461 was pretty much what we would have expected of Matt Diaz, very close to Diaz’s 2006-07 lines. I was more upset that the Braves were benching their third-best regular hitter, Johnson, in order to play Prado, while the outfield was setting records for incompetence.
Prado was really bad defensively. His speciality of misplays that were so bad that they had to be scored hits gave birth to a noun. So why not, instead of benching KJ, play Prado in left field, giving starts to one of the lefties against tough righthanders? Too logical, I guess. Instead, they played Infante out there, even though Infante wasn’t hitting as well as Prado and was a better infielder but a very poor outfielder.
If he’s really a 2006-07 Diaz who can sort of play second and third, he’s a valuable bench player. Heck, he’d be a pretty good regular. I kind of doubt it — he’s hasn’t looked like a .320 hitter in the minors, unlike Diaz. His career minor league BA is .300 (career high .316) and he hasn’t hit for that much power either. Take away a few singles and a few doubles, and his glove deficiencies suddenly come into sharper focus. I suggest some sessions with Dr. Hubbard… Prado was 3-4 in stolen bases last year, but a 55 percent career basestealer in the minors, so I wouldn’t expect that to continue.