Arizona Diamondbacks: Martin Prado Still One Of MLB's Most Underrated Players

By Randy Holt
Martin Prado
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The Arizona Diamondbacks pulled off what was potentially the biggest trade of last winter, when they sent Justin Upton and Chris Johnson to the Atlanta Braves in exchange for Martin Prado and Randall Delgado and a trio of minor leaguers. It’s a trade that has, in one way or another, worked out well for both sides.

When you look at Prado, in particular, you have one of the most underrated players in the game. A guy that didn’t get enough credit in his time with the Braves has now gone to the desert, where he still hasn’t gotten the kind of respect he deserves. But this guy is one of the most valuable players in the league.

Part of what makes him so valuable is his versatility. He’s played all over the field for the Diamondbacks, just as he did when he was in Atlanta. He’s spent time at second base, at third base, at shortstop, and in left field. And he’s played well at each position that he’s logged time at.

His bat has also improved greatly as the season has wore on. He got off to a rocky start in April, picked it up in May, struggled in June, and has really turned it on in the last couple of months. He hit .316 in the month of July, and has been on a tear since the calendar turned to August, hitting over .400.

Not only does Prado represent one of the more versatile players in the league, he’s one of the top offensive players in the game. He won’t set the world on fire with his power, but he gets on base at a great rate. His wRC+ last year was a very good 117, followed by an above average 103 this season.

There’s little doubt that Martin Prado is one of the most underrated players in the game. As the Diamondbacks’ offense heats up, Prado has been right in the middle of it, as he’s found his groove at the plate. Add his offensive ability to his ability to play all over the field, and you have a player that every single team in the league would love to have on their club.

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