Martin Prado is back to his old form
Martin Prado signed a three-year, $40M contract with the Miami Marlins after batting the area code (.305) in 2016. However since the ink has dried, Prado has been plagued with injuries both last season and this one.
After coming back from knee surgery the start the season in May, Prado was working his swing back into form and feasting on his favorite foe, the Washington Nationals. At the time, Prado was batting .471 against their ace Max Scherzer before injuring his hamstring on May 26.
He said after the game that he wasn’t going to return until he was 100 percent. He kept his word and since returning to action on July 5, Prado is batting .323 with an .805 OPS and 10 RBI in 17 games.
“When he came back, right before he got hurt again, he was just starting to swing good,” Marlins manager Don Mattingly said. “Timing takes a while and for Martin, before he could get into any kind of rhythm he almost missed the whole year last year. And when you really missed that much time it’s hard to get into a rhythm. But what we’ve been seeing in his BP and his at-bats is getting better and better over time.”
It sure helped that he was playing the Nationals again. In his career, Prado has recorded 47 doubles against the Nats, which is the second-most among active players in the Majors behind David Wright (51). He added to the total on Sunday, which helped bring Marlins starter Jose Urena the run support he’s so desperately longed for and secured his first home of the season.
“A lot of two-out (hits) and then things kind of got going,” Mattingly said. “Those hits are huge because you kind of keep adding on. You keep getting a chicken scratch hit here and another one there and next thing you know you have a lead and a little bit of a cushion and your pitcher doesn’t have quite the same stress on him.”
“It was good that we got those runs with two outs because that built the confidence for us moving forward,” Prado said.
With the trade deadline approaching soon, it may be too late to move Prado’s contract to a contending team in need of a bat, but his leadership at the moment makes him more valuable in Miami as an asset to further the developmental growth of a young team that has vastly improved since the start of June.
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