Sunday, June 19, 2005

Martin Prado Report

Martin Prado, 2B, Atlanta Braves
Signed as an Undrafted Free Agent, 2001, Venezuela
Bats R/Throws R
21 YO, 5'11", 188 lbs

Prado is a fairly typical middle infield prospect, maybe with a little higher offensive ceiling than most, but he doesn't look like a GREAT prospect. Her profiles as a #2 hitter at this point, with some speed and a contact-related approach. He hits for average and has added a little power.

2004 Rome: .315/.363/.422, 25 2B, 6 3B, 3 HR, 30 BB, 47 K, 14 SB, 10 CS, 429 AB
2005 Myrtle Beach: .302/.353/.409, 11 2B, 3 3B, 3 HR, 22 BB, 44 K, 9 SB, 6 CS, 242 AB
mL Career: .306/.366/.399, 60 2B, 20 3B, 7 HR, 118 BB, 170 K, 64 SB, 36 CS, 1300 AB

While his plate discipline isn't great, it's not awful, and to be honest, it's par for the course with young infielders in A-ball. The power has a long way to go. Last season he added some doubles, but it still got his isolated slugging percentage up over .100, not particularly impressive. He also needs to work on getting better jumps on steal attempts. That success rate isn't really acceptable as far as I'm concerned.

What gets the scouts all weak in the knees is Prado's defense, which rates as exceptional by most all observations. He has great range, a better than average arm, and doesn't make too many mistakes.

If everything works out his way, he could end up being a good source of OBP and speed at the top of the order while also making ground ball pitchers look good. If things don't work out, he'll look a lot like Pokey Reese.

ETA: 2008
3 Stars

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