Prado racking up multi-hit games

When Martin Prado went 2-for-4 with two doubles on Saturday night, he reached 60 multi-hit games for the season. That extended his National League-leading total lead in that category and made him the first Brave to reach that mark since Terry Pendleton in 1992.

Prado is only the 10th player in franchise history to have 60 multi-hit games in a season.

Prado was also leading the majors with 93 two-strike hits, a category he led handily. Joe Mauer of the Twins was next-highest with 79, followed by Rangers shortstop and former Braves farmhand Elvis Andrus with 78.

Prado doesn’t place a lot of importance on numbers like that, saying about two strikes: “I’m just probably lucky or they’re just making mistakes. With two strikes, I’m just trying to put the ball in play.”

What’s most important to Prado is being healthy enough to play after missing five weeks last season with a staph infection, and being back to the player who uses all fields and doesn’t try to hit home runs.

“It’s made me comfortable enough to put up good at-bats,” Prado said. “That’s all I want. I want to keep myself healthy, have good at-bats and whatever results – they’ll come along the way.”

7 comments Add your comment

74bravesjersey

September 30th, 2012
1:40 pm

thanks Carroll for the good read on prado, hope he stays hot.

HAL

September 30th, 2012
6:12 pm

very simple prados our best player and has been for a while now

lee maye

September 30th, 2012
6:21 pm

And, Simmons may be our 2nd best player in the future. What scouts said this kid would not hit? They should be fired. He has a nice swing and puts the bat on the ball. We need more hitters like him.

bruce

September 30th, 2012
10:13 pm

Marrrteeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeen

SeaAtl

September 30th, 2012
10:51 pm

Elvis Andrus relegated to “former farmhand”?! He was / is much better than that.

Robards

September 30th, 2012
11:45 pm

Well yeah, he is but that’s what he was. This is an Atlanta paper. Totally accurate.

Widespread panic

October 2nd, 2012
1:16 pm

Love Martin. The best baseball instincts on the team. Always knows what to do, where to be, where to throw, where to hit, how to make the high percentage contribution to the team. Unselfish, hard-worker, total gamer.

I honestly believe if you sent him to the minors knowing the team needed pitchers, he’d be up a year later ready to start.

Perhaps not the Braves’ most valuable player in terms of OPS, but without question, the Most Versatile Player. I would field a team of nine Prado’s in a heartbeat.

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