Prado's value, consistency not lost on Fredi

Prado's value, consistency not lost on Fredi

MIAMI -- Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez knows what he gets with Martin Prado -- the do-everything utility player who proves his worth game in and game out.

"You don't realize how valuable he is," Gonzalez said. "I don't know how the outside community views him, offensively, defensively. He's been giving me great at-bats every night."

On Monday, Prado gave the Braves four great at-bats, going 4-for-4 with a pair of RBIs while tying a career high for hits and collecting his National League-leading 55th multiple-hit game. Of his four hits, three came on two-strike counts, including both of his run-scoring knocks.

Prado has excelled in those situations all season, hitting .281 (84-for-299) when he faces a count with two strikes. His 36 RBIs in two-strike situations are tied for 10th most in the Majors, while his 30 extra-base hits are second to only Milwaukee's Ryan Braun.

"Some guys are comfortable with two strikes," Gonzalez said. "They don't panic. His swing is short, so he doesn't have to cheat. He protects good. He's not afraid to take a strike in any situation."