Sunday, August 3, 2014

Meet a Prospect: Martin Prado Edition

 You’re not officially a member of the New York Yankees until The Greedy Pinstripes say you are so in this post we would like to welcome Mr. Martin Prado to the Yankees family. Let us introduce the newest Yankee to the rest of the family. This is Meet a Prospect, the Martin Prado edition.

Martin Manuel Prado was born on October 27, 1983 in Venezuela and has spent time with the Atlanta Braves, Arizona Diamondbacks, and now is a member of the New York Yankees. Prado was a last minute trading deadline deal which saw Peter O’Brien and a player to be named later or cash head to Arizona in exchange for Prado. Prado spent the 2006-2012 seasons in Atlanta and spent part of 2012, all of 2013, and half of this season in Arizona. Prado will spend the rest of this season, next season, and the 2016 season in New York after signing a huge contract with Arizona.

Prado made his major league debut on April 23, 2006 going 1-2 with a triple only to be sent down to Triple-A. Prado was eventually called back up to the show and hit his first career home run on September 14, 2006 off the forever young Jamie Moyer. Prado would start the 2007 back in Richmond with the Richmond Braves and would spend much of the season traveling between Richmond and Atlanta. Prado was called up to the Braves three different times during the 2007 season and was called up to stay on September 4. Prado was a third baseman by trade but during the 2009 season he learned a new position out of necessity in second base when former Yankee Kelly Johnson went on the disabled list at the midway point of the season. Prado took advantage of the opportunity and remained at second and as the team’s #2 hitter throughout the season even after Johnson returned from the DL. Prado finished 2009 with a .307 average with 14 home runs and 49 RBI in 450 at bats.

Prado would become the Braves leadoff hitter in 2010 and made the very best of it all season long. Prado was coming into the 2010 season after losing 14 pounds during the offseason after doing the P90X exercise program. Heading into the All Star Break in 2010 Prado led the majors in hits with 121 and led the National League in batting average with a .325 mark. Prado would make his first All Star Game that season backing up the Phillies Chase Utley. While the season started out great Prado would suffer a hip pointer injury and a torn oblique muscle that would end his season prematurely. Before the 2011 season Atlanta acquired second baseman Dan Uggla for Omar Infante and reliever Mike Dunn bumping Prado from second. Prado was moved to left field and never publicly complained about the move. 

Prado was traded to the Arizona Diamondbacks before the 2013 season with Randall Delgado, Nick Ahmed, Zeke Sprull, and Brandon Drury for Justin Upton and Chris Johnson. Prado quickly agreed to an extension with Arizona on a four year deal worth $40 million. Prado had an up and down 2013 season with Arizona spending time at multiple positions. Prado was having a down season in 2014 until the calendar turned July and has hit better recently. On July 31st Prado was traded in a last minute deal to the New York Yankees for catcher Peter O’Brien and a player to be named later or cash. Welcome to New York Martin, we have been beating the drum for you all season long and finally someone listened. Make us proud sir.


  1. Yanks need more pitching. Pineda and Tanaka would be awesome.

  2. I guess I'm beginning to like the trade, since O'Brien is a knock on defense and Prado plays all over the place. O'Brien is all or nothing and Prado is consistency with good drive. Prado in a long haul will help win more and O'Brien might just also be the opposite. Too bad O'Brien wasn't quality at a couple defensive positions and will strike out more at the MLB level.

  3. Yanks need to monitor Severino's pitch count due the reported soreness. If he's OK, maybe they could promote him to pitch out the pen and help the relievers'. That would be looking out for his pitch count while getting his feet wet to see how it be.

  4. Without improving the pitching, the season will end sooner than later.

  5. Heriberto, welcome to the family sir.

    Pineda threw 3.1 shutout innings today and his rehab clock has started. barring any set backs we will see Pineda in 30 days or less, I'm guessing less. The Tanaka decision comes tomorrow whether we start his rehab program or he is done for the season.

    O'Brien's biggest drawback was not having a position. He was listed as a catcher, infielder, and outfielder. He didn't do any of them especially well but he slugged the hell out of the ball and sometimes that's enough.

    Severino is barely in AA, asking him to come out of the pen this season is rushing him A TON. Won't happen and shouldn't you. It can really stunt his development and his confidence if he struggles.


Sorry for the Capatcha... Blame the Russians :)