PHOENIX – Nearly a quarter of the baseball season gone, and still not all of Martin Prado’s belongings have caught up to him on the move west.
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The January trade involved more than Justin Upton and Martin Prado. Yet it ultimately will be judged by the production of those two principals. Here are their numbers this season, as of Sunday:
.278 Batting Average
12 Home Runs
.627 Slugging Percentage
.392 On Base Percentage
.230 Batting Average
4 Home Runs
.342 Slugging Percentage
.280 On Base Percentage
On Jan. 23, Martin Prado was a Brave. On the 24th, he wasn’t. Just that quickly, in the time it takes two general managers to say yes, he was traded to Arizona.
There wasn’t much opportunity for a sweeping, sentimental good-bye. Asked last week what he’d say to the Atlanta fans who cheered him for five-plus seasons, Prado gave them his heart-felt best:
“They made me better, they made me go and find my higher level in baseball. That happens when people tell you, ‘Hey, I like the way you play third. I like the way you play second.’ I got to the field and heard little kids telling me we see your uniform dirty every day and that’s awesome.
“People (in Atlanta) made me better as a person, a professional.
“Everywhere I went people said they had so much respect for me. Even when I was doing bad people were like we support you because we know you try every day to get better.
“For me they’re everything. Now I have to build it all back (in Arizona).”