When the Yankees traded for Martin Prado, Joe Girardi said he would be their primary right fielder. However, right field isn’t the only position Prado knows how to play: he knows how to play all the infield positions without a single problem.
In other words, he’s their own version of Tampa Bay Rays player Ben Zobrist.
“He helps a lot because of the uncertainty of what we have at the middle and at third base,” Joe Girardi said. “Zobrist probably plays more positions, but they’re very much the same in that you feel you can move them all around.”
“I think it’s a fair comparison,” Mark Teixeira said. Teixeira played with Prado in Atlanta in 2007-08. “Especially in today’s game with all the injuries, you need to be able to move guys around a little bit and be above average wherever they go. Martin can do that.”
Prado provides the Yankees some flexibility in the infield with his ability to start in all four infield positions, but he also knows how to play every position well, something few teams have in their arsenal.
“He’s an everyday player that can play everywhere,” said Brian McCann, who played with Prado while with the Braves from 2006-12. “Those guys are so valuable. He plays all the positions at a high level; he’s Gold Glove-caliber in the outfield, he’s Gold Glove-caliber in the infield — and he rakes.”
Prado, 30, is signed for two more seasons and if Carlos Beltran can return to the outfield and if Alex Rodriguez returns from his suspension, Prado plans to be the Yankees every day second basemen. It’s just nice to know that the Yankees have a player that could play almost everywhere on the diamond without a problem at all. Maybe that will bring down the error count just a little bit.