On Friday, November 23, the Argentinian Baseball League announced the Most Valuable Player for the 2018 season. That player would be 2015 grad, Omar Prieto (Montverde Academy/Montverde, FL). Prieto, who was a utility player for the Dukes in 2015, garnered 69 total points with 11 first place votes, 4 second place votes, and 2 third place votes. He would win the voting polls by 28 total points.
Prieto signed with Los Pampas del Salta back in July of 2018, becoming the 5th Dukes player to sign a professional contract since 2013. He would join 2014 grads Anthony Lopez (Dornbirn Indians/Austria/Australia), Cody Stashak (Minnesota Twins), 2015 grad Joe Zanghi (New York Mets), and 2016 grad Will Latcham (St. Louis Cardinals). Prieto would be an offensive force as the starting catcher for Los Pampas for the 2018 season. Hitting at a .436 clip, Prieto knocked around 34 hits, 9 doubles, 2 home runs, and 26 runs scored. He would also chalk up the following eye-popping averages: .516 on-base percentage, 1.208 OPS (on-base plus slugging), and a .500 batting average with runners in scoring position.
Liga Argentina de Beisbol just wrapped up their season with the Falcons de Cordoba winning the league championship, defeating the Condores de Arias. Nicolas Alvarado would be named the Offensive Player of the year and Yoimer Camacho would earn Pitcher of the Year honors, respectively.
During the 2015 season, his only season in Navy & Gold, Prieto hit .312 and was third on the team in RBIs with 25 for Cumberland. He also held a dazzling .939 fielding percentage while splitting time between Catcher, Second Base, Shortstop, and Third base. What makes his career more impressive was that he missed significant portions of the season due to injury. Despite what many would consider an unfulfilled season, Prieto knew he squeezed every ounce of his Cumberland experience that included helping the Dukes return to the Region XIX Championship Game and finish with a 36-9 record. On his only season at Cumberland, Prieto said, "My season at CCC was special. It was a learning experience and everyday I learned something new from the coaching staff and, most especially, from my teammates". Omar would move on to NAIA Concordia University - Ann Arbor in Ann Arbor, Michigan where he would enjoy an equally impressive career.