Lorenzo Prado - admit it fans, we thought the acquisition of Lorenzo Prado in the off-season was going to be the move to put Cottonwood if not "over the top" then at least over .500. It started well, 7 homers in April, the club playing well, and absolutely no concern over the career low batting average and fewer than expected walks. May came, and the average improved, but the homers disappeared. At the end of May, the guy that produced 42 homers last season was stuck on 10. Prado started June platooning with Francisco Perez and pinch hitting. Rumors of Cottonwood working on trade deals for Prado were confirmed, but there were no takers despite the lack of quality catchers around the league.
As the trade deadline came and went Prado and Cottonwood management both were looking for a way out and the eight time all-star went on waivers. His old club, Blackwood, picked him up and the Prado era was over.
What we'll remember: a great professional who deserved more than a bus-ride out of town on the waiver wire.
Good/bad/indifferent: good move for the club to say goodbye. Prado had the name and the bat, but Cottonwood will never be the team who can buy their way to success. His departure will make room for some of the better catching prospects in the system to gain major league experience. Bad season for Prado? Exceedingly so. Career lows in every offensive category. Indifferent defense is not something that Cottonwood fans are used to behind the plate, and the pursuit of Prado by Cottonwood to replace a gold-glove catcher left many scratching their heads.