Originally written on Fox Sports Arizona  |  Last updated 3/1/13
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SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- At 13, Martin Prado saw what Venezuelan youth league teammates Miguel Cabrera and Francisco Rodriguez could do and wondered if he fit the sport. If he would ever fit. Now, Prado finds himself compared to hitters such as Edgar Martinez and Placido Polanco. Dedication and a singleness of purpose can cover a lot of ground. I never thought from that group I would be at this level, Prado said. I wasnt that talented. I couldnt complain. How was I supposed to play here? But everybody went in a different direction, and I just kept going. I didnt want to change my path. I didnt look back. I didnt turn a different direction. I just kept straight and worked hard. I guess it paid off. No guesswork required. Prados four .300 seasons in the last five years testify to that, and his new Diamondbacks teammates know what they have, too, as Prado prepares to join then-teenage teammate Cabrera to represent Venezuela in the World Baseball Classic. Prado was the lower-profile ...
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