Since June 30, 2009, Prado has played in exactly 162 games and hit .327 with 52 doubles, two triples, 18 homers, 79 RBIs, 110 runs, a .369 OBP and a .490 slugging percentage. That’s an .859 OPS in 678 at-bats.
In that same period, Utley has played 157 games and hit .270 with 25 doubles, five triples, 26 homers, 79 RBIs, 109 runs, a .374 OBP and a .466 slugging percentage. That’s an .840 OPS in 577 at-bats.
Prado and Utley have the exact same number of RBIs. Utley has eight more homers and 21 steals to Prado’s five, while Prado has twice as many doubles, an average that’s 57 points higher, and a slugging percentage 34 points higher.
I don’t put too much stock in errors as any sort of definitive measurement of defense, but for what it’s worth, Prado has nine errors to Utley’s 17.
I’m not saying Prado’s better than Utley, let me make that clear. I was just really surprised at how comparable their stats were, and actually how favorably Prado stacked up against him statistically.
Wow. I know some folks think Prado may be playing over his head, but he's been doing that since last year, so this may not be just a one year fluke. By the way, Jayson Stark puts Prado on his list for mid-season NL MVP runners-up. (And Nate McLouth makes the list for NL LVP.)