Martin Prado has had an interesting 2013. Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

A Tale of Two Prados


Three games remain in the 2013 campaign. Three games is all that is left in the saga known as the Arizona Diamondbacks’s season. It really has been a strange ride, an interesting story that one day I might be able to tell my grandkids (if I can remember it in 25 years). One of the more fascinating chapters in this novel is something I like to refer to as “A Tale of Two Prados”, starring Martin Prado, the centerpiece in one of the biggest trades in team history.

When Prado came to the D-Backs from the Atlanta Braves, he fit right into the D-Back mold as a great teammate and for his ability to play multiple positions. Thus, much was expected from the Venezuelean native as Arizona expected a return trip to the playoffs after a one year absence. Instead, Prado struggled mightily to open the season, with a .266 OPB in April despite four home runs. He rebounded in May with a slash line of .313/.358/.374. On May 17th, the D-Backs finished the day in first place, a spot they would not relinquish until July 22nd.  During that stretch is when Prado endured his worst period at the plate. He hit .209 were with a lowly .267 OBP for the month of June. He started getting hot just as the Dodgers were in the midst of their surge and the D-Backs were hovering around .500. Prado then was named NL Player of the Month for August with 30 RBI’s and a sizzling .374/.425/.565 line. However, it was during this month the D-Back playoff hopes were placed on life support with the plug pulled basically the first week of September.

Overall, it was a very productive first season in the desert for Martin Prado. He set a career high in RBI’s and will end with his usaly solid slash line across the board. Was the big trade a win for the D-Backs? We will analyze that and the other moves made by the team in the coming weeks.

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