Martin Prado is known as one of the most disciplined hitters in Major League Baseball. It's his approach to at-bats that allows him the second-highest two-strike batting average (.281) in Major League Baseball and the highest overall batting average on the Braves team
Prado went 4-for-4 in the Braves' 7-5 win against the Marlins on Monday, while taking first-pitch strikes in three of those four at-bats. In one of them, Prado even took two strikes in the first couple of pitches, but it obviously didn't affect his stat line for the night.
"He doesn't have to cheat [on a pitch] and he protects the plate," Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said. "He's not afraid to take a strike, any situation. Bases loaded, sometimes you're thinking, ambush him right here [on first pitch]. But he'll take strike 1, and then still come up and get a big hit."