I guess someone doesn’t want to get off to a slow start again. Martin Prado has had seven at-bats so far in Spring Training and has already banged out five hits. The third baseman drove in the first run of the Arizona Diamondbacks’ season with a double off Clayton Kershaw in the team’s 4-1 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers. Yesterday, Prado had yet another RBI double while going 3 for 4 as the D’backs christened the Chicago Cubs’ new park in Mesa with a 5-2 victory.
In his first Spring Training as a D’back a year ago, Prado was woeful with a slash line of .214/.267/.250. Part of it could be attributed to the fact that he played for his native Venezuela in the World Baseball Classic. After a decent first two weeks of the regular season, Prado slumped badly and by the end of April his line was .217/.266/.348. He really didn’t snap out of his malaise until right around the All Star Break. After that, he sizzled, particularly in August for which he was named the National League Player of the Month. The 30-year old Prado finished with a career-high 82 RBI’s and a solid line of .282/.333/.417.
With a tremendous start to the Spring, perhaps there will be a carry-over into the regular season only in a good way. If the Snakes have any designs on winning the West, Martin Prado will need to play a big role in their success.