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SnakePit Appraisals: Martin Prado

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The Man Who Would be King is no longer in Arizona. What kind of grade did the SnakePit give him on the way out?

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Strengths
  • "It’s often overlooked that Prado did post a 4.1 bWAR with the D’backs over a little more than 1.5 seasons. He posted 5.2 bWAR total over the past two seasons." - Fangdango
  • "He was a wonderful person who was very warm with fans, and reportedly a great club house guy." - ssponcel
  • "Solid performer  …when he doesn't play for us. Might rate higher if he wasnt the worst situational hitter on the team, or somehow flipped either craptastic first half in AZ with one of his gaudy finishes for a non playoff club." - Diamondhacks
  • "He had two very good months." - JoeCB1991
Weaknesses
  • "I must re-invoke my recollection of the buddy video Prado did with Gerardo Parra, with Jody Jackson playing the part of Dorothy Lamour. If this was representative of their actual approach to working together, it is no wonder both under-performed. It is also no wonder that both got traded." - TylerO
  • "Mediocre at best. Pretty much got worse at everything offensively compared to his time in Atlanta." - JoeCB1991
  • "Super-hyped expectations, mediocre performance." - MrMrrbi
  • "As the primary major league return for Upton and Johnson, the D backs needed much much more than they got out of Prado." - shoewizard
  • "All that personality just didnt translate to consistant output on the diamond." - ssponcel
  • "The worst part of Prado, though, wasnt really Prado, or Upton/Prado or any of that. It was Berthiaume’s endlessly shilltastic constructions of Prado’s personal and radiating value." - Diamondhacks
Towards 2015
  • "As fair or unfair as it may be, our views of Prado probably would have been different if he was brought in as a free agent instead of being the main return in the most controversial move of the Kevin Towers era." - JoeCB1991
Comment of the Thread

Honorable mentions

The Tally
  • 5 - Highly Satisfied: 1%
  • 4 - Somewhat Satisfied: 11%
  • 3 - Neither Satisfied Nor Dissatisfied: 16%
  • 2 - Somewhat Dissatisfied: 47%
  • 1 - Very Dissatisfied: 25%

With a low vote tally - only Pennington and Harris received fewer ballots - it seems the SnakePit has already moved on from Martin Prado, getting over its disappointment at the break-up of what was supposed to be a beautiful, long-term relationship. However, some (likely justifiable) bitterness clearly remains, with only 12% rating Prado at the top end of the scale, compared to 72% at the bottom end. The overall result dropped Prado almost all the way to the bottom of our scoreboard, ahead only of another two highly-paid underachievers in Hill and Cahill. Seems to be a theme here: we don't like expensive busts. Who knew?

The Scoreboard
  1. David Peralta 4.82 (162 votes)
  2. Evan Marshall 4.76 (119)
  3. Josh Collmenter 4.71 (151)
  4. Paul Goldschmidt 4.64 (168)
  5. Ender Inciarte 4.51 (111)
  6. A.J. Pollock 4.48 (132)
  7. Chase Anderson 4.18 (161)
  8. Chris Owings 4.13 (112)
  9. Vidal Nuno 3.96 (92)
  10. Eury de la Rosa 3.63 (91)
  11. Cliff Pennington 3.52 (62)
  12. Tuffy Gosewisch 3.50 (113)
  13. Brandon McCarthy 3.43 (542)***
  14. Jake Lamb 3.31 (115)
  15. Gerardo Parra 3.14 (122)
  16. Wade Miley 2.94 (122)
  17. Didi Gregorius 2.75 (106)
  18. Miguel Montero 2.67 (128)
  19. Mike Bolsinger 2.67 (117)
  20. Bronson Arroyo 2.63 (125)
  21. Will Harris 2.49 (61)
  22. Randall Delgado 2.25 (122)
  23. Martin Prado 2.16 (75)
  24. Aaron Hill 2.11 (91)
  25. Trevor Cahill 1.07 (147)