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SEP 11, 6:47a ET | John Halpin
Rotowire: Mar 11 / 8:01a ET
News: Prado went 1-for-3 with a single batting out of the cleanup spot in Tuesday's Grapefruit League game against the Nationals.
Impact: Though Prado does not provide the pop typical of a cleanup hitter, the Marlins proved last season with Casey McGehee that they are not overly committed to having a slugger in that role. Manager Mike Redmond continues to tinker with his lineup, giving Michael Morse some time in the fourth position as well, so it remains to be seen how things will shake out long term. Prado was phenomenal down the stretch for the Yankees before his season was ended due to injury and will look to carry that hot finish into 2015.
Rotowire: Feb 19 / 9:16a ET
News: Prado (abdomen) will see some time batting out of the two-spot in the spring, the South Florida Sun Sentinel reports.
Impact: Manger Mike Redmond noted Thursday that he plans to mix and match with the middle of his batting order during spring training, shuffling Christian Yelich in the second and third spots. Prado, who has spent nearly half of his career plate appearances batting out of the two-hole, projects as a nice option there if Redmond decides to bat Yelich third and Giancarlo Stanton cleanup. Prado will likely see time batting lower in the order as well, behind sluggers Stanton, Marcel Ozuna and Mike Morse, which should provide ample opportunity to drive in runs. Regardless of where he bats, Prado is a nice addition to the Marlins' lineup so long as he can carry his hot finish to 2014 into the coming season.