Martin Prado: Atlanta Braves 2011 Player Preview

Today we preview one of the most understated players on the Atlanta Braves, Martin Prado. He was never really a prospect, but he played his way onto the team, earned the respect of his manager and his teammates, and won a starting job, becoming an All-Star in his first full season as a regular player. Now he moves from the infield to the outfield, just another unselfish act for this humble baseball player.

Prado is amazingly consistent. His career average is .307. In 2009 he hit .307. In 2010 he hit .307. Seems pretty cut and dry that he's a .307 hitter.

Will the move to the outfield make him think he needs to be more of a power hitter? He's still hitting leadoff, so perhaps it won't change him in that regard, but it will be something to keep an eye on.

Click here for an introduction to our Fan Projections Player Preview series.

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Martin Prado's Baseball Reference comparable players by age (1000 equals most comparable). This list is full of players who had a small range of peak years. It will be interesting to see what kind of comps Prado gets if he continues to put up good numbers. Interesting seeing Kelly on there.

Lew Fonseca (958)
Jeff Cirillo (943)
Kevin Seitzer (938)
Bill Barrett (936)
Cliff Lee (936)
Garrett Atkins (935)
Dave Nilsson (934)
Odell Hale (934)
Kelly Johnson (934)
Todd Walker (932)

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