Prado accepts move to LF: Not about me, about team

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — In all honesty, Martin Prado wasn’t thrilled over being moved from second base to left field to accommodate Dan Uggla after the Nov. 16 trade for the Marlins slugger.

Here was Prado, an All-Star in his first season as a Braves lineup regular in 2010. Now the former utility infielder was being switched to the outfield, where he’d played only sparingly in the majors and winter ball.

Also, he got the news while rehabbing from the hip pointer and torn oblique muscle that ended Prado’s season on Sept. 27 and kept him out of the postseason.

“I mean, when they talked to me, it was hard for me,” Prado said after his solo workout Monday morning at Braves camp, on the day pitchers and catchers reported to spring training (Prado arrived more than a week before position players were due).

“I was thinking about it for a few days, thinking, ‘Ok, playing left field every day, that’s a new thing for me in the my career,’” he said. “It’s something that I have to [handle] professionally.

“I guess they see me as one of those guys that can play different positions. I’m glad they thought about me at that [left field] position, and I have to assume it, take that responsibility … and do the best I can.”

Prado’s response demonstrated an attitude that teammates respect. Instead of complaining about being asked to move after hitting .307 with career-highs of 40 doubles and 15 homers in 140 games, Prado looked at it from the Braves’ perspective.

In Uggla they added a 30-homer hitter, the right-handed power they sought for years, and they wanted to sign him to an extension (which they did — five years, $62 million).

“I was happy for the team,” Prado said. “All my teammates — I talked to Brian [McCann] and all those guys — they were pretty excited about Uggla. For now this is not about me, this is about the team, and all those guys who put last season together. We have to get together again and do it again.”

Prado said the initial discomfort he had in his hip after he began rehabbing is gone, and he’s strengthened his core muscles and hasn’t had any problems since he resumed hitting and fielding. He’s glad to have those issues eased so he can concentrate on outfield work this spring.

“I don’t know, I can’t tell how it’ll be playing there every day at that position,” he said. “There’s a bunch of stuff that I have to work on. All the coaches are asking me what I want to work on. I’m asking everybody for tips, all the outfielders, to get caught up with them.”

101 comments Add your comment

Lucky D

February 14th, 2011
4:19 pm

Why was Prado (a decent defensive second baseman) moved to left instead of Uggla? Is it simply a money / ego issue with Uggla being the big (and well-paid) off-season move?

joedub

February 14th, 2011
4:19 pm

i unequivocally love this guy

joedub

February 14th, 2011
4:20 pm

lucky d, i think the move is because prado can do it and uggla can’t.

Joshman

February 14th, 2011
4:29 pm

What a great, professional attitude – someone who outwardly cares about winning and improving his game. It’s great to have Prado in left and Uggla’s bat in the lineup.

Just Pat

February 14th, 2011
4:29 pm

joedub

Ditto on totally loving Prado. For some reason, I always seem to pick 2nd basemen as my “fav” player (going back to Glenn Hubbard) but THIS year, it’s gonna be Prado! :-)

kdbanks01

February 14th, 2011
4:30 pm

Here’s hoping Prado plays 140 games in left and only a few at third. Don’t need Chipper out of the lineup for any extended period.

Will

February 14th, 2011
4:32 pm

Yep — more skilled and well-rounded employees tend to get moved around to accommodate the less able workers, no matter what industry it is. In a weird way, it’s a huge compliment for guys like Prado.

cs95

February 14th, 2011
4:34 pm

not to be negative, but does anyone see this coming back to bit the braves when prado becomes a FA? i.e wanting to leave to play 2B? or maybe he will be at 3B by then so it won’t matter?

Jdubb

February 14th, 2011
4:34 pm

It doesnt matter….as much as I want Chipper to make it throught the season and retire like a star, he wont finish the season at third. So Prado will be back there and we better have somebody above average in the wings waiting. A struggling McClouth + a mediocre fill-in LF could = another glaring weak spot for postseason run.

TaylorD

February 14th, 2011
4:34 pm

I thought Uggla wasn’t very good at defense….

Steve

February 14th, 2011
4:35 pm

Prado won’t stay with Atlanta long. He is a team player and Atlanta is not use to team players. Hope him the best as he goes to new territory.

MikeinLA

February 14th, 2011
4:36 pm

Agree with all the other comments. Can’t say enough about the kind of attitude and passion this guy plays with. I hope they offer him a longterm contract in the near future

justin1

February 14th, 2011
4:36 pm

Glad he’s being so pro about it. In the back of his mind he knows he wont have to do it long anyways. Either this year or next, he will be the everyday 3rd baseman for years to come.

TS

February 14th, 2011
4:36 pm

Prado will play 3B for the half of this year that Chipper can’t go, and should be the everyday 3B once Chipper hangs it up. I figure he’s just going to bide his time in LF until the timing works itself out.

Mcmann

February 14th, 2011
4:38 pm

man man man man man….

Alas it’s springtraining!
yet I cant wait till the fall,
lets see our ATL Braves make em phillies crawl!!!!!!!

Rupert

February 14th, 2011
4:42 pm

Prado is in left because he has played there before and the organization is assuming he can handle the position. Putting someone out there like Uggla, who hasn’t played there in winter ball, and who is probably more limited atheltically, doesn’t make sense. Prado wasn’t a gold glover at second either, though he made great strides last year.

MikeinLA

February 14th, 2011
4:43 pm

Steve, which baseball team have you been watching the last few years? The Braves are the most selfless organization out there. Just off the top of my head I think of Chipper renogotiating his contract for less money a few years ago something that is never done in sports…I think of Chipper moving to left field in his prime (something that most superstars would never consider) to accomodate Vinny Castilla…John Smoltz playing for less than he would have made elsewhere and moving to the bullpen in his late thirties when he had been a starter his entire life… Tim Hudson signing a contract in which he makes half the annual salary of John Lackey (someone that he is far superior to) in order to stay a brave longterm…Brian Mccann’s team friendly contract…And the list goes on and on….Thats just off the top of my head

timthebrave

February 14th, 2011
4:43 pm

Really important to have a guy like Prado. It really helps the flexibily of this team especially if someone gets hurt.

Just Pat

February 14th, 2011
4:45 pm

Didn’t the article SAY that he was offered a 5 yr. extension already?

b

February 14th, 2011
4:46 pm

If Braves fans don’t like Prado, then there’s something wrong with them.

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Why Left Field?????

February 14th, 2011
4:47 pm

Why not put him at 3rd base where he belongs…….Let’s face it….Chipper should retire……..Isn’t Jordan Schafer a viable option in Left if he plays like he is capable of???How about Hinske???…..If Chipper comes back he should be a great cheerleader and let the younger men play!

GT Alum

February 14th, 2011
4:52 pm

To second joedub, I think it’s because Prado is actually an athletic guy who can cover some real estate in the OF. Moving Uggla to LF would probably be a replay of having Garret Anderson in LF – if the ball’s hit more than a few steps away from where he’s standing, it’s going to drop.

GT Alum

February 14th, 2011
4:57 pm

I just hope this works out better than the last time we moved a good offensive OF to LF to accommodate bringing in someone at his position to help the offense.

C'Mon Man

February 14th, 2011
4:59 pm

I will say one thing. You have to love and respect Prado’s attitude. This is a guy the Braves need to keep around. You don’t find many professional players with his attitude. Kudos to P-Rod!

CARRAMROD

February 14th, 2011
5:07 pm

This will be Chippers and Nate’s Last year as Braves. Next year you will have Jordan in center, Prado at 3rd and the rest of the line up will be the same with the exception of going out and getting a LF and bringing up a young SS.

Chuck

February 14th, 2011
5:13 pm

The Braves own Prado and they’ve told him to play LF – till Chipper leaves, then he’ll play 3rd. It’s a temporary thing – how long no one knows. Braves perspective: he’s better than the LF we could trade him for, and who is coming up to play 3rd when Chipper goes? This is a bad, but not real bad way to work the inopportune timing of the situation.

GT Alum

February 14th, 2011
5:15 pm

Whoops, good offensive infielder.

Bobby's Cox

February 14th, 2011
5:20 pm

Happy Valentine’s Day Prado! I love you man

Chuck

February 14th, 2011
5:21 pm

When things settle out, you’ll still have a HR-thirsty line-up, because Prado doesn’t hit 20 in place of Chipper, and neither does McClouth, Schafer, or Mathers in LF. And right now Freeman doesn’t hit a bunch, either. So you’ve got McCann and Uggla that will hit 20, and maybe Freeman. Is that ok?

Bobby's Cox

February 14th, 2011
5:22 pm

Look for the Braves to trade a SP this year for an outfielder, even more so when the homecoming for Chipper passes & he gets hurt.

SeATLite

February 14th, 2011
5:25 pm

And THIS is why we heart us some Martin Prado.

DawginOH

February 14th, 2011
5:30 pm

Prado is a winner no matter where he plays. Plus, depending on Chipper’s health, he might see a lot of action at 3rd this season.

it's a chopper to chipper

February 14th, 2011
5:37 pm

I think when Chipper retires they will put Prado at third which will be great for him and the team. I love me some Martin Prado. I would take a whole team of Prado’s anyday!

GT Alum

February 14th, 2011
5:39 pm

Chuck,

You forgot Heyward who hit 18 HRs despite missing 20 games and playing a good portion of the season with a hurt wrist. Heyward’s a solid bet for 20 HRs if he stays healthy. 20 HRs for Freeman is a stretch, though.

randyh

February 14th, 2011
5:41 pm

chipper was probably suppose to retire, so the front office thought, prado to third base , uggla to second base and bring in the stick they wanted to play center or left. sometimes life throws hard breaking ball.

bruce

February 14th, 2011
5:41 pm

Marteeeeeeen!!!!!!

Gonna be alot of people wearing Prado T-shirts and jerseys because of the character of the man reflected in this story.

GT Alum

February 14th, 2011
5:47 pm

randyh,

I have a hard time believing that. Chipper said from the time he was injured he was planning to try to come back. The only way he wouldn’t have been back is if he had had a major setback during his rehab.

Hawaiibravefan

February 14th, 2011
5:58 pm

don’t get me wrong but i love prado. in a few years when he signs a big contract with the club you all are going to hate him. why? because he’s unselfish and he moved to LF to help the team, its gonna be a wear and tear on his body like it did to the one that you all love to bash, ‘chipper jones’.
CHIPPER JONES AND MARTIN PRADO FTW!

Boatdoc

February 14th, 2011
6:08 pm

DOB (or anyone who knows…): since Martin is being projected as an outfielder this season and the All-Star ballots are made up well in advance – will he be listed on this year’s ballot as OF or 2B?

The year he had last year would have made him an All-Star at either.

David O'Brien

February 14th, 2011
6:17 pm

Boatdocc, he’ll be listed as an outfielder.

Boatdoc

February 14th, 2011
6:18 pm

Chuck – I agree with GT Alum: not only is a healthy Heyward a near cinch to hit >20 HR (who will be shocked if he hits 30? Not me…) but Uggla has been significantly >20 his entire career: 27 his rookie year and 31 + each of the 4 years since. Sea Bass hit 23 last year between Toronto and the Bravos. Any HRs Chipper and Prado and McCann hit will be gravy. I’ll take this offensive line-up over any in the NL East right now, and if our ‘pen holds up the Phillies should be scared.

Boatdoc

February 14th, 2011
6:24 pm

David – excellent 2-parter with the new skipper. Sounds like you both enjoyed a good ride before heading down to the League of Grapefruit.

Mr. Prado anywhere close to last year will still be an All-Star as OF.

Amber

February 14th, 2011
6:28 pm

Way to go, Prado! Shades of Chipper.

Randal Patrick McMurphy

February 14th, 2011
6:31 pm

Tip O da hat to Mr Prado… a REAL professional. What a sh*t sandwich that had to be when he was informed about his positional move – he must have had to swallow pretty hard at first. Based on what we saw last year, this guy can play just about anywhere in the field, and probably sell hats & pennants between innings. He plays hard ALL the time, so he’s an asset for the Braves just by putting that uniform on – shows a quiet leadership thru his actions on the field. Omar who?!?

GT Alum

February 14th, 2011
6:37 pm

Boatdoc,

Can’t say I’m as optimistic about Sea Bass’ HRs as you are. He only hit 6 of those in 267 ABs after coming to the Braves. Project that out to 600 ABs, and that’s 13-14 HRs. Solid for a middle IF, but I don’t really project him to hit 20+ for the Braves this season. Everyone was jacking the ball in Toronto. Don’t know what it was, but I’m fairly conservative about what I expect from Gonzalez in 2011.

bravesfanbob

February 14th, 2011
7:12 pm

Lucky D

February 14th, 2011
4:19 pm

Why was Prado (a decent defensive second baseman) moved to left instead of Uggla? Is it simply a money / ego issue with Uggla being the big (and well-paid) off-season move?

The reason Prado was moved to left field is simple. If Chipper gets hurt, or needs a day off, Prado will play 3rd. If Prado played 2nd, and Uggla played left, then you have to move Uggla to 2nd, and Prado to 3rd. You don’t want 2 of your best hitters coming to the park everyday, wondering where they’ll be in the field that day. So by making Prado the left fielder, you move 1 person, and Uggla can concentrate on 1 position and his offense. Prado has been a utility player his whole career, and is much better suited for that type of role without affecting his performance at the plate.

Younger Than That Now

February 14th, 2011
7:25 pm

Martin Prado is a player… end of story. You could see it when he was still a utility player.

joedub

February 14th, 2011
7:30 pm

fangraphs homerun projections:

mccann 20
freeman 15
uggla 31
gonzalez 15
jones 13
prado 14
mclouth 14
heyward 24

i think that’s pretty solid. heyward is going to be a big part of this team.

BALCO Investigator

February 14th, 2011
7:41 pm

Here is my proof that Bonds never used steroids:
1. Bonds has ALWAYS tested CLEAN.

2. EIGHT years of a FEDERAL investigation has more than confirmed that NO evidence concerning Bonds and steroids exists.

3. Bonds had his best offensive seasons in 2002-2004 WHILE testing clean, WHILE he and BALCO were the most scrutinized people on earth.

Whats the case against him?

Well, lets see, its not the the major news sources all haven’t lied that Bonds ADMITTED taking steroids. They release the entire grand jury transcript right in their face.

Its not like the judges have already called out the Feds for making up evidence three times, once trying to pass B.B. for three Bonds (the Feds response was “we didn’t know B.B. could stand for something other than Barry Bonds”), and testing ANONYMOUS samples for substances banned AFTER the Grand Jury Testimonies.

Its not like judges have not accepted ONE piece of evidence from the Feds yet, and have even gone as far as calling their “evidence” (and I quote) “inadmissable heresay”.

Its not like almost every other major player in the MLB has been caught taking steroids EXCEPT Bonds. They even complained that Bonds was taking “undetectable steroids” LMAO. When the Feds investigation ONLY Bonds.

Its not like they spent 5 years and millions of tax dollars to investigate the Clear and the Cream, only to find out TWO WEEKS before the trial that it wasn’t even classified as a steroid during the Grand Jury testimonies.

Its not like they very publically accused Bonds of cheating in 2001, THEN made the rule that steroids was considered cheating in the MLB in 2002 AFTER calling Bonds a cheater. And just four years before when McGwire AND Sosa shattered a then 40 year old HR record, with McGwire OPENLY on PEDs, they called the “the “SAVIOR of baseball”.

They claimed that they were concerned about Bonds and steroids after Bonds broke the record because they wanted to preserve “the sanctity of the game”. And just a couple of years before, they juiced the balls and lowered the mounds for the very reason of “seeing more balls fly out of the park”.

And its not like the MLB continues to treat ARod like a hero when he was been CAUGHT taking steroids this year, after the ALWAYS lied about NOT taking steroids before.

And now they celebrate the Yankees full of PROVEN steroid users winning the championship.

BAM EDUCATED

Thoughts?

ATLol

February 14th, 2011
7:42 pm

bravesfanbob -
thats the way I see it. Prado will be able to switch to 3B in case Chip gets nicked again (and again)

BALCO Investigator

February 14th, 2011
7:43 pm

And the haters are INSTANTLY cornered to no counterargument namecalling responses. As always.

Earl

February 14th, 2011
7:48 pm

Bonds and Arod cheated. Case closed, regardless of what you say. If you believe Bonds didn’t cheat, then so be it. It only means that you wouldn’t believe it, even if his needle stuck you in the azz.

Earl

February 14th, 2011
7:49 pm

Bonds has absolutely nothing to do with the Braves. Gooooooo Braves

BALCO Investigator

February 14th, 2011
7:51 pm

Its a PROVEN FACT that Congress lied to Barry Bonds during the UN-CONSTITUTIONAL trials that were reminiscent of the witch trials in Salem.

Jeff Burroughs, where are you?

February 14th, 2011
8:03 pm

Martin is a class act, and will find a way to do well in left. The good news is that he’ll be back at third by late April, early May at the latest. Chip hasn’t held up for three or four years, he won’t suddenly become durable at 39 years old.

shadetree

February 14th, 2011
8:06 pm

prado’s time will come when he gets a new contract. sign him up long term now.

AD

February 14th, 2011
8:08 pm

BALCO Investigator: If everything you say is true, why did Bonds’ head swell up to the size of a Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade float?

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Bravefaninok

February 14th, 2011
8:24 pm

Marteeeen you rock man!!!!!!!
Hope FW rewards this kid he should be a Brave for the next decade or longer!

Earl from PA

February 14th, 2011
8:25 pm

Yet another reason Prado is my favorite Brave.

Arthur Blank (eye owns da Falcooooons)

February 14th, 2011
8:33 pm

Ugla gets hurt, Prados back at second.

BALCO Investigator

February 14th, 2011
8:45 pm

The haters delete the comments, typical of the lower class.

jason

February 14th, 2011
9:34 pm

mcclouth- 14 hr
heyward- 26 hr
mccann- 28 hr
jones- 12 hr
freeman- 17 hr
gonzalez- 19 hr
uggla- 36 hr

jason

February 14th, 2011
9:34 pm

Brava

February 14th, 2011
10:20 pm

Once again, Martin has shown himself to be a true professional. Who can help but love this guy? He’s definitely at the top of my list of favorite Braves.

Mitchell

February 14th, 2011
10:33 pm

joedub

February 14th, 2011
4:19 pm

i unequivocally love this guy

Yeah, I’m pretty much in love with him. No sense in trying to fight it. You know what I’m sayin’?

I was in line to get his autograph recently and I saw him at the end of the table and I was like “It’s him. It’s really him. It’s Martin Prado.”

I’m thinking I might need to talk to a doctor. Get some help with my Martin Prado obsession.

Mitchell

February 14th, 2011
10:35 pm

Just kidding.

Right?

summer of 91

February 14th, 2011
11:13 pm

hey Earl, east or west PA?

wjones

February 14th, 2011
11:38 pm

Say what you will about the man, but Pete Rose, a perennial All-Star who had just won an MVP award two years earlier, was asked to move to third to allow two young OF’s, George Foster and Ken Griffey, to play every day. Pete agreed to do so, and that made the Big Red Machine into the powerhouse they became. Yeah, Martin is an all-star but he’s not an ALL-STAR of the magnitude of Pete yet.

David O'Brien

February 14th, 2011
11:55 pm

Black Keys rockin’ on Conan RIGHT NOW — TBS

P. Bull Terrier

February 15th, 2011
1:23 am

Can anyone else figure out what BALCO Investigator is trying to say? The “BAM EDUCATED” part at the end makes me think he’s trying to make a point, but the writing style is so confusing I got tired of trying to make sense of it and quit reading. Oh well, I don’t care much about Bonds anyway.

carney johnson

February 15th, 2011
3:29 am

what yall dont seem to understand is that dan uggla is a big-time, high-character guy. i heard that’s we signed him for all that money. and apparently, that’s why he insists on playing second base even though prado is obviously the better 2nd baseman. does moving prado weaken the defense? sure it does. but he’s dan uggla. high-character guy. dont doubt it.

McCann Fan

February 15th, 2011
7:13 am

I don’t think Prado has hit the ceiling of his potential yet, and we are lucky to have him. He will play wherever he is needed until Chipper retires then we have our new 3rd baseman. I know it’s early for offensive production predictions, but it’s fun anyway so:

McClouth .255, 12, 58
Prado .310, 18, 73
Chipper .301, 10, 55
Uggla .280, 35, 110
Mac .304, 24, 90
Heyward .297, 29, 98
Freeman .270, 14, 62
Gonzo .253, 13, 48

Schafer .271, 9, 33
Hinske .269, 8, 38
Ross .285, 5, 21
Mather .240, 5, 17

bobbymahlon

February 15th, 2011
9:42 am

I cannot believe what I have just read where all you bloggers agree that Prado is probably the greatest team player in baseball who is an All Star. I also agree like I have stated in the past lets sign him up on a long term contract something like we did for Brian.
One thing is not mentioned is when a player plays numerious postions like Prado he never gets a chance to settle in on one thus he never becomes great at any one position. I’m sure if Martin played one position he would a great defenseive player at that position.

ramblingman

February 15th, 2011
10:25 am

Goobers who have done nothing but bash the acquisition of Uggla and subsequent move of Prado to LF ignore the elephant in the room which is Prado in LF and Uggla at 2B is better than most any other possible combination for the Braves.

Side note – gotta agree with Just Pat @ 4:29 pm. I always have favored the 2B – Felix the Little Cat, Hubbard, Lemke, Prado. You just have to love the players who play there.

flintrock70

February 15th, 2011
12:47 pm

I heart Martin.

@BALCO- be quiet, no one cares what you say. BAM Educated.

BALCO Investigator

February 15th, 2011
2:55 pm

Sorry, it is my duty to spread the truth. I am a federal investigator and must uphold justice.

This blog is not above the law.

Hank755fan

February 15th, 2011
3:56 pm

What do you think about this lineup:

Heyward RF
Prado 3B
Uggla 2B
Mac C
Chipper 1B
Hinske LF
Nate McClouth CF
Gonzo SS
P…….

Steve

February 15th, 2011
4:29 pm

The reality is that Prado is not very good defensively either folks. Bash Uggla all you want, but Prado is only marginally better fielding grounders and it actually weaker at turning the double play.

That being said, Prado has shown the ability to play anywhere and still hit well. It probably has to do with not wanting to risk disrupting Uggla’s hitting since we already know Prado is an absolute stud hitter no matter where he plays.

You are going to lose a little on defense no matter where you slot Uggla, so why risk affecting his hitting by a move to a completely unfamiliar position. It just doesn’t make sense. I have complete faith in Prado in LF.

meh

February 15th, 2011
5:04 pm

I love having a guy like that on the team.

TAC

February 15th, 2011
5:12 pm

Kudos to Prado for being professional and understanding of the move. Gotta love this guy

Daren in Utah

February 15th, 2011
6:34 pm

Didn’t Bonds’ hat size increase, as well as his shoe size? I mean I’ve lifted a lot of weights over the years and my head and feet have not grown in size, despite my efforts to focus on them. C’mon…he cheated!

bobbymahlon

February 15th, 2011
7:26 pm

Steve : How can you knock Prado, If you watched him play games at third last year many times it looked like he was putting on a clinic fielding gound balls and throwing runners out at first. Please read my blog @9:42am and you will understand why he is where he is. Take it from a guy who was good enough to make it to the bigs except for not being able to hit well enough. Let him settle in one position and you will quickley see how good he will become defensively. This is my stand and I’m sticking to it. Good luck to you and the Braves.

True Fan

February 15th, 2011
7:42 pm

Thanks! Prado, You are the Man!!!

Steve

February 15th, 2011
8:00 pm

Bobby, give your resume a rest. It means nothing in this argument, not to mention the fact that every single person on boards that posts such resume nonsense is found to be utterly full of it when time is taken to research .. which I won’t do because I don’t CARE.

Prado is an average fielder at best. This has been acknowledged by every scout at every level he played. His fielding is what kept him in the minors for 7 years despite hitting .300 for his minor league career. I don’t need your opinion to sway that. He finished at .958 fielding at 3B last you when you described him as putting on a clinic. It was his best fielding year ever at 3B, and easily his best overall fielding year for all positions combined. That being said, the .958 would have put him at 13th in the majors wehn comparing him to qualified players at 3B. That’s behind Pablo ‘I can’t field a lick’ Sandoval even. At second base he fielded .987, which had he qualified would have placed him in the top ten, but behind Kelly Johnson who Braves fans railed on for being a poor fielder. I find it funny how perception changes everything.

The point of my post, should you care to notice that my post mentions that the Braves will lose a little defensively no matter where Prado plays simply because the other position will be played by Uggla. In other words, if Uggla plays left, we have a decline in fielding in left. If Uggla plays second, we have a decline in defense there. Either way, our defense will suffer a little. Since you know Prado can play anywhere and hit well, and you are not certain Uggla can .. why risk Uggla blowing up mentally at the plate because he is not comfortable in the field? It’s just silly. Far better overall hitters (meaning hitting not just power hitting) than Uggla have tanked at the plate in years they changed positions.

I agree Prado is a better fielder, and he can play many positions. I also agree once he gets settled in at a position his defense will look better. He will likely turn out to be at least a league average left fielder, if not better due to his work ethic. That means he will be better defensively than most of the Braves left fielders for the last decade. Therefore he is the OBVIOUS logical choice to move to the outfield, simply because you know he can handle it .. and you certainly don’t get the same warm fuzzies with Uggla in LF.

Put more simply, I am loving on Prado but being realistic. I am certainly not ‘knocking’ him.

Sportsradio PD

February 15th, 2011
8:16 pm

Prado at 2nd, Uggla in left and GET PODSEDNICK

bobbymahlon

February 15th, 2011
8:17 pm

Steve : Don’t put all your findings on fielding averages alone because some players with better range go for everything while some will not even stick their glove out if they are not positive they can catch it. Arguments can go on forever about who is the better defensive players. But I guess the people who picked Prado as the All Star second baseman did not know as much about baseball as you. If you get a chance ask Bobby what he thinks about Prado as a defensive third baseman. Case closed.

K Conley

February 15th, 2011
9:27 pm

The bottom line is that Uggla should have been the one to change positions. Much more important to have a solid defensive 2nd baseman than left fielder. Prado is solid defensively, Uggla is not. End of story.

K Conley

February 15th, 2011
9:32 pm

Additionally, don’t give me that whole “changing positions may affect him at the plate story”. If you’re that much of a headcase, then you shouldn’t play MLB. I don’t need any fielding percentage #s to show me that Prado is a much better defensive 2nd baseman than Uggla. And I absolutely know that having a solid defense up the middle is imperative for championship teams. This is a mistake.

benchwarmer

February 15th, 2011
10:48 pm

Once somebody asked a major league ballplayer why his team plays him in left field. Probably because I will was the answer. Players like that make championships!

Columbus

February 16th, 2011
5:10 am

Just sit back and enjoy the season that CHIPPER JONES is about to have. Chipper is going to have a great yeat and with a chance to have a MONSTER year. Write it in STONE to all of you who don’t get it, think he is through and wish he would retire. AFTER this season will you please NEVER comment on baseball or any other topic on here again? Your ignorant and negative comments really just insult most people who have a clue. Chipper will hit over 300, hit over 20 homers and drive in at least 90 while walking 100 times and scoring 90 runs. 38 isnt old in this day and time and Chipper Jones can still hit a baseball very, very well and he is a GREAT switch hitter which are HARD to come by. If he has the swing he had the last few games before he got injured he is going to be terrific and if Heyward and Uggla hit for power, Chipper Jones is going to have one of the best years of his career because they will not be able to pitch around him if they hit 4 and 5 which I hope they do. Uggla might hit 2nd and Prado lead off I dont know depends on who all makes the team. But when Chipper is on the ALL-STAR TEAM now that he is healthy and has some guys hitting behind him and his swing BACK , watch what happens. Even if he only plays in 130 games, I would take that no problem. Chipper Jones is going to have a GREAT SEASON! So to all the ignorant people who just dont know that they are ignorant but put there ignorance into words on here for the world to see, think about what if Chipper has a great year how stupid you will look. I wish we all had to put our real names on here for the world to see because he will have a VERY good year at minimum. WRITE THAT IN STONE. I know what I am talking about because I played the game over 20 years and I know what I see in Chipper to go with knowledge and experience. Watch sit back and enjoy the season that the Hall of Famer Chipper Jones is about to have. Just enjoy it……….I am going to.

acbwcmm

February 16th, 2011
5:17 am

I love Martin Prado and I have since he first came up as a utility player! My only hope is that they don’t trade him. They always seem to trade away my favorite players.

acbwcmm

February 16th, 2011
5:20 am

@ McCann Fan – Those numbers seem a bit generous to me, but here’s hoping!!

old man

February 16th, 2011
7:13 am

Prado had zero homers in 62 plate appearances in 2007. In 2008, he hit one every 127 plate appearances. In 2009, one every 46 plate appearances, and in 2010 one every 43 plate appearances.

His total last year was 15 in only 140 games (wasn’t he out mid-season with some kind of injury?).

Like a lot of players, he is getting stronger as he gets older. If he stays healthy, he will certainly play in 155+ games in 2011.

The bottom line is that if Prado hits 20 HRs this year, I would not be the least bit surprised.

old man

February 16th, 2011
7:16 am

ramblingman:

Wasn’t Felix Millan “The Little Kitten.” He was my favorite player back then too.

Will Harry Caray Ohman

February 16th, 2011
8:43 am

Prado spelled backwards is Nitram Odarp.

Outside Robber

February 16th, 2011
9:39 am

Prado is the heart and soul of the Braves. Solid guy. Solid leader. The Braves are lucky to have him.

Glord1

February 16th, 2011
10:47 am

Prado is a baseball player pure and simple. He will be fine in LF and I hope he plays there a lot because that means Chipper stays mostly healthy.

My HR predictions

Prado 17
Heyward 25
Chipper 16
Uggla 32
McCann 24
Nate 14
Freeman 16
Gonzalez 14

Hinske – 12

ramblingman

February 17th, 2011
4:09 pm

Old Man – Yes, that was Felix. I loved his play.

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