"I don't know if he's going to hit .300 every year," a National League executive said of Prado. "But he has really good at-bats, he'll give you a ton of doubles and he'll play his butt off for you. He's the heart and soul of that team right now."
Down 7-to-1 in the eighth inning last night, Prado laced a ball into the right-field gap that was cut off by the center fielder, most players would have settled for a wide turn at first and a single, but even with a 6-run deficit Prado hustled it into a double. He then came around to score a batter later. While that was all in a losing cause, that kind of play is part of the reason why the Braves are in first, and that kind of play will rub off on some of the other players. Ah, to have a team full of always-hustling Martin Prados.