Curious. Prado spent a good portion of the year challenging for the batting title, missed huge chunks of time with injuries, was forced off his regular position because of Chipper Jones‘ injury, then was shut down with yet another injury of his own. And yet, he (a) set career highs in plate appearances and games played, and (b) put up an almost identical slash line (.307/.350/.459) to his career averages (.307/.356/.454). I think we can pretty much state that Martin is a .300 hitter with medium power and on-base skills. He finished ninth in the MVP voting; likely he would have been some higher if he’d been healthy.
That’s a lot more valuable at second base than in left field, but it’s also pretty close to Matt Diaz‘s career line, for example. That is to say, it’s not out of place in left field, it’s just not at an all-star level. If he goes on a tear and hits .330 again, then we can talk. He has played very little in the outfield in the majors (three starts in 2008, two innings in 2009) and only one game in the minors. He has, however, played there regularly at times in winter ball. I don’t think we can count on him being a defensive plus. Then again, who knows how much outfield he’ll actually play? He could get yanked in to cover for Chipper, or for Freeman. He has improved as a second baseman, and is certainly better than Uggla, but the Braves aren’t going to mess with their new acquisition.