“I’ve been in the second hole pretty much all my career. I can put the ball in play, I can hit the ball to right field. That’s more me,” he said, “but I can adjust myself to any situation in the game.”
Prado hit .301 last season with 42 doubles, 10 home runs and 70 RBIs in 156 games. He led the National League with 60 multi-hit games and was fourth in hits and fifth in doubles. He played several positions, primarily left field but also third base, second base, first base and shortstop. He has never played an entire season at third base and knows it will be a challenge.
“I think the challenge is the reaction because there are a lot of hitters in the National League that actually hit the ball so hard,” he said. “But I’m working on it, to be as comfortable as I can be at third base. I know I’ve got (third base coach) Matt Williams on the team and he was one of the best third basemen back then and I’ve got to take advantage of that as much as I can.”
“You know, I think sometimes people have different opinions,” he said. “I feel like both teams took advantage of the trade. People don’t see that right now because Justin Upton is a superstar-caliber guy.”
But Prado said that, besides himself, there is a lot of young talent coming to Arizona in the deal.
“Maybe in a couple years,” he said, “people will think in a different way.”
Pitchers and catchers report to the Diamondbacks‘ Scottsdale spring training facility on Feb. 11, with all players reporting three days later.