Struggling Prado gets a rest day

Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez is taking advantage of his new fourth outfielder Reed Johnson, first to rest center fielder Michael Bourn on Wednesday night and then on Thursday he played him in left field to rest Martin Prado.

Prado had made 28 consecutive starts since the last time he was out of the lineup on June 29 against the Nationals. He had started 101 of the Braves’ first 104 games before Thursday.

Prado went 0-for-5 on Wednesday night, hit into two double plays and committed an error in left field which allowed a run.

“You could tell,” Gonzalez said. “Certain guys you can tell when they need a breather, every once in a while. And like we talked about it, we’ve been running them pretty hard, all three of those guys in the outfield.”

Since June 29, Prado has hit .239 (28-for-117) in 28 games since then to see his average fall from .323 to .298.

“He’s a little out of sync,” said Chipper Jones. “His swing is drifting a little bit. Whenever he struggles he drifts and when he gets out on that front foot, he’s committing a little early instead of driving that ball to the off field, and slashing it to the off field like we’ve seen him do hundreds of times. He’s basically just flipping the ball to first and second.”

Jones said by him committing early he sacrifices power.

“When you get out on your front foot you have nothing left,” Jones said. “You have no power, you have no legs. I think maybe he might be anticipating pitches instead of reacting to pitches and those breaking balls on the outside part of the plate. Even the fastballs, he doesn’t have anything left in his swing to be able to drive the ball to the off field like he normally does.”

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August 2nd, 2012
6:23 pm


Yogi Berra

August 2nd, 2012
6:37 pm

Bourn cf
Johnson rf
Heward lf Jones 3b
Freeman 1st
McCann c
Uggla 2b
Janish ss
Minor p
Go Braves!


August 2nd, 2012
6:45 pm

Chipper’s comments on Martin sound like future Hitting Coach or Manager to me

arizona brave

August 2nd, 2012
6:52 pm

Why don’t they sit Uggla ? He’s struggling a hell of a lot more than Prado.


August 2nd, 2012
6:52 pm

wowwww Chipper’s smart,,, i bet he´s the next Atlanta Braves batting coach…


August 2nd, 2012
6:55 pm

Chipper wants to be our future hitting coach, give him a year off baseball, followed by being an assistant to our then pitching coach for a few years, followed by him claiming the hitting coach for his own!!


August 2nd, 2012
8:22 pm

Teddy B

August 2nd, 2012
10:17 pm

Heyward is a beast, a machine, a WINNER. Sign Prado and Heyward to long, long deals while its fairly cheap please Wren. That would be the biggest move we could make, locking up our young talent for years and years. Forget the dumpster diving Free Agent market, we never sign the big names anyway, lock up what we already gave birth to and raised. The youngins.


August 3rd, 2012
4:19 am

Uggla could use a breather… for like a couple weeks…When it rains it really pours with ole Danno… Lay off the bicep curls.

Janish has got to be the worst hitter I’ve ever seen, yeah he gets a hit every now and then… But all his other ABs are god awful, embarrassing. They should be playing Pastronicky; I’ll take the occasional error for somebody that can at least have a remotely productive plate appearance. Wren prob thinks the same thing too but doesnt want to look like an idiot and have ppl second guess him.


August 3rd, 2012
3:21 pm

One reason Prado is not aggresive is that he takes too many fast balls down the middle and gets behind in the count and than has to protect against stiking out. When he is swinging with less than two strikes he is hitting alot better. If he would swing at some of the cripple fastballs he could level his swing off and get more hits. I would love to see how many first pitch strikes he has swung at and I bet he would be last in that stat.

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