As I write, it seems likely that he will be traded, which I think would be a mistake unless the return is unexpectedly spectacular. The Braves, like most teams, have a habit of selling low; Prado’s value is pretty low right now, because he had a bad season. But there were good reasons for the bad season, and the Braves should know that.
Martin got off to a terrible start; he was hitting .268/.309/.392 on May 8. But he was adjusting to a new position and trying to hit leadoff; I think you can cut him some slack. From May 10 to June 7, he hit .291/.345/.505, which is more like it, basically typical Prado with some more power, and his season line was up to .277/.324/.438. On June 7 he suffered a “contusion” sliding at second base against the Marlins. It was a minor injury, but due to someone’s sloppy housekeeping in the Florida clubhouse, the injury became infected.
The infection was described as “staph”, that is, Staphylococcus aureus, a ubiquitous bacterium. From the severity of the infection — which from reports required intervenous antibiotics, the strain of staph was most likely MRSA. As it so happens, I was infected with MRSA only a few days later, and I can tell you that it is a bitch, and the antibiotics are not fun either. Prado returned five weeks after the original injury, which is cutting it pretty close on the antibiotic treatments. It seems very likely to me that he was still debilitated from the ordeal, as he did not play well at all for the rest of the season, hitting .244/.283/.339.
Now, did Martin Prado completely forget how to play baseball, or was he suffering the aftereffects of what is, in reality, a life-threatening illness? I know what seems more likely to me.