Ender wrote:I just can't get on board with Prado and I think it is because of the R/RBI. When a player only gets 150 R+RBI and is sort of a 15/15 type of guy it just limits his value so much even if he is a legit .300 hitter. He certainly needs to be rostered but I'm not all pumped up about owning him either. He is kind of like Polanco who I was never excited about but used as a fallback plan on a regular basis for the safe and boring guy that he was.
I was the one who drafted Prado at 99 overall and I'm very happy getting him where I did. I selected him before his move to the DBacks, but now I think his value has increased in a friendlier hitting environment.
My only question is whether or not he'll run as much this year as last. If I can get 15/15 from him, I'll be ecstatic. 150 RBI/R combo is not uncommon for a SS or 2B. I mean, Starlin Castro netted 156 last season. Pedroia was under 150. Jose Reyes, Ian Desmond, and the list goes on.
Using ESPN Player Rater, Prado was a top 10 performer in 2B/SS/3B each, individually. I think it falls back on his .300 BA which lasted over 600 ABs and that he simply hurts you no where. At the end of the day, he doesn't win you any category single-handed, but instead bolsters BA.
Simply, he's that glue guy that just helps you win.
*edit: I just a quick search. Only 8 third basemen only netted more than 160 RBI/R. 8 second base men and only 3 shortstops. I can't see why that would be you limitation on Prado.