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Martin Prado's Power, Nate McLouth Expectations, Minor League Camp, Jon Jay: Braves Links

A couple of solid features to read over today as we wait for the late afternoon game between the Braves and Nationals at 6:05.

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FakeTeams asks the question: Is there more power in Martin Prado's bat? Being a fantasy baseball site, they raise the question in terms of his value as a second baseman in 2011. Prado is certainly capable of 20 home runs. He has the power and durability. The problem lies in his swing, which is very level and causes a lot of line drives. Similar to Jason Heyward, Prado's home runs are more of a mistake than him actually swinging for the fences.

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As I said, he certainly has the power to hit 20 home runs a year, and I wouldn't necessarily be surprised to see it, but I think that would mean a change in his swing and approach, which is not what the Braves are looking for. Keeping the level swing and getting on base is what they need.

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FanGraphs looks at Nate McLouth and the Braves outfield. Removing dead weight and moving Prado's bat to left field will prove to be a major upgrade for the outfield, so much that even a below average season for McLouth will probably work for the Braves - at least until the trade deadline. Expectations really aren't that high for McLouth. If he can just maintain his spot for a few months, I'm sure they would consider it a success.

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Talking Chop provides the Braves minor league camp schedule, as well as some guidelines for attending. If you've ever been curious about attending, be sure to click the link.

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Jayson Stark has some good stuff, including a mention that the Phillies are interested in Cardinals outfielder Jon Jay. Also, the Mets don't appear to want Luis Castillo in the starting lineup. Who knew?

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