LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- Martin Prado knew that he needed to regain the aggressive approach he lost as he battled through injuries and change last year. The Braves left fielder believes his recent results at the plate are an indication that he has regained the assertiveness he possessed during his 2010 All-Star season.
"I feel when you lose your confidence, you lose your aggressiveness," Prado said. "When you are not aggressive enough, you are not mentally ready to attack the baseball. Right now, I'm just not thinking. If I see a good pitch to hit, I'm swinging."
Prado has batted .407 (11-for-27) with two doubles through his first nine games of the exhibition season. He has eight hits in his previous 14 at-bats entering Thursday's game against the Phillies.
"Sometimes, I feel like I'm not hitting with enough power," Prado said. "But my swing is getting longer and more comfortable. I'm trying to hit the ball in the gap and the other way. We'll see what happens."