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Martin Prado
Birthdate: 10/27/1983 (33 y, 4 m, 27 d)     Bats/Throws: R/R     Height/Weight: 6-0/170     Position: 3B
Contract: $40M / 4 Years (2013 - 2016)
RotoWire News: Prado has been diagnosed with a Grade 1 hamstring strain and could miss the first month of the season or more, The Miami Herald reports. "I want to make sure that I'm 100 percent and not trying to rush this," Prado said Saturday. "First of all, I just have to get pain-free running. That's our main goal now and after that be strong enough to hold up with a healthy hamstring." (3/19/2017)
Injury: Hamstring, Day-to-Day
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Profile: Martin Prado is incredibly versatile and consistent, and that makes him a very valuable real-life player.  The Marlins just extended him for three years and $40 million for that reason even though he is entering his age-33 season.  Typically, fantasy players overrate flawed players who excel in rotisserie fantasy, but Prado is one of the few examples of a player whose real-world value leads players to overvalue him in fantasy.  After six consecutive seasons with between 10 and 15 home runs, Prado has fallen to 9 and 8 home runs the last two seasons.  Meanwhile, he has a combined total of 9 stolen bases in the last four seasons following his outlier season in 2012 with 17 steals.  Prado is as safe as they come in terms of batting average.  He has not hit below .282 in the last five seasons, and his exceptional career 11.0 percent strikeout rate and 90.1 percent contract rate should enable him to maintain that stable average through the back nine of his career.  Still, safe batting average is not enough to propel a player to fantasy relevance outside of NL-only leagues when he provides meager production in the other four categories.  (Scott Spratt)

The Quick Opinion: Prado’s versatility and consistency make him a valuable real-world player, but the same is not true in fantasy.  An excellent and stable batting average does not make up for Prado’s lack of production in the other four categories except in deep and NL-only leagues.

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