Feb 20, 2013; Scottsdale, AZ, USA; Arizona Diamondbacks third baseman Martin Prado (14) poses for a picture during photo day at the Diamondbacks Spring Training Facility. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports

Atlanta Braves NEXT: Martin Prado


 

When the Atlanta Braves made the Justin Upton trade that involved sending Martin Prado to the Arizona Diamondbacks, Braves Nation’s thought on the trade was torn in two….Excitement over acquiring one of the best young outfielders in the game and losing a fan favorite in Prado.

Prado is with the Diamondbacks and hopefully most have moved on by now but were we getting worked up for nothing?  Did the Braves management actually know what they were doing when they shipped Prado away?  Does the Braves organization already have the next Martin Prado?

March 04, 2013; Port St Lucie, FL, USA; Atlanta Braves shortstop Tyler Pastornicky (1) makes a play on a ball hit by New York Mets second baseman Justin Turner (not pictured) in the spring training game at Tradition Field. Atlanta defeated the New York 4-2. Mandatory Credit: Brad Barr-USA TODAY Sports

I believe the Braves do have a super utility guy, like how Prado was, in Tyler Pastornicky.  During the 2013 spring training, Pastornicky has been showing he deserves a spot on the opening day roster.  Not only has he been one of the early offensive leaders in statistics (a line of .396/.473/.604), he has also played numerous positions in the field.  Playing shortstop, second base and the outfield, Tyler has proven early he can be a future utility man.

In 2006, Prado made his first splash into the majors playing both second base and third base.  At the age of 22, Prado was called up the same age as Pastornicky was in 2012.  Though Prado didn’t start playing regularly until 2009 when he was 25.  During the time in between 2006 and 2009 Prado played first base, second base, third base, shortstop and left field.  Pastornicky probably cannot handle some of those positions but it’s very beneficial to have a guy that can play multiple positions and give the starters the time off they need.

Tyler has definitely had a different path getting to where he is today.  He won the starting shortstop position last spring training but hit horribly during the first months of the his first season and was later replaced by Andrelton Simmons.  Now he came into the 2013 spring fighting for a job.  There has been some speculation that the Braves could be willing to trade the 23-year-old but I say hold onto to him, as he could still be a valuable asset to our team.

 

 

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  • fireboss

    I love Rev and was a big supporter last year. However who do you leave off the roster to put him on? Pena is on a major league deal with no options left. As a switch hitter who’s also played some third as well as second ss and outfield he has an advantage over Rev. The Braves either have to keep him or Rev there’s not room for both. The rest of the bench as project it would be hard to move. Reed Johnson and Chris Johnson along with Gerald Laird (after Mac returns) are set. The remaining spot appears to be held for a left handed bat like Schafer who according to DOB has an edge on that spot right now, So who do you replace? Pena would be the option but he’s owed a million so unless you trade him (Cardinals??) or Rev picks up a fastball, slider and changeup I have no idea where he fits.

    • Jeff Schafer

      Very true, he may not make the opening day roster. Braves management have tough decisions approaching themselves. I don’t think it’s a bad thing if Pastornicky is in triple-a to start of with but I do see him back up with the team some time this season. Plus, don’t forget he’s only 23…