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Prior to work out at USC for clubs Wednesday

Posted on: June 29, 2010 1:19 am

Mark Prior hasn't pitched in the majors since 2006, but the former Cubs right-hander isn't yet ready to cash it in: His shoulder rehabilitation has reached a point where he's working out Wednesday at the University of Southern California in a showcase for major-league scouts.

Prior, a USC grad, hasn't appeared in a big league game since Aug. 10, 2006, when he went three innings and was the losing pitcher for the Cubs in Milwaukee.

Since then, he tried a couple of comebacks with the Cubs and then, most recently, he tried to return with his hometown San Diego Padres. That ended last Aug. 1 when the Padres released him.

Prior, 42-29 with a 3.51 ERA over five seasons (106 starts) with the Cubs, has undergone two shoulder surgeries since 2007. He was the second overall pick in the 2001 draft after Minnesota picked catcher Joe Mauer first overall, a choice that was fiercely debated for several years.

When Prior, along with Kerry Wood, helped pitch the Cubs to within one game of the 2003 World Series, many people thought the Twins had blown it.

Instead, Prior, whose later shoulder problems most people believe stemmed from a collision with then-Atlanta infielder Marcus Giles during a game in 2003, became a cautionary tale of a much-hyped draft prospect that failed to live up to expectations. He signed with the Cubs for $10.5 million out of USC, a record that stood until Stephen Strasburg surpassed it last August with his $15.1 million deal with Washington.

Several major-league clubs, including contenders, are expected to send scouts to watch Prior work out Wednesday in hope of perhaps gaining a pitcher that will help relieve pressure to trade for a starter in July.


Since: Dec 12, 2007
Posted on: June 29, 2010 1:19 pm

Prior to work out at USC for clubs Wednesday

I agree.  The world was ready to pin the rookie of the year on this guy, yet, there is a lot of season left to go, and there are several other rookies out there with more impressive stats at this point, David Freese in STL and how about that guy in Colorado!  The radio station in STL yesterday asked if Strasberg should be in the All-Star game?  I do not think he has earned it yet, not after a hand full of games.  IF he had started the season in the bigs, then yes, but he didn't, so I think we should wait until next year for that.  As for the Rookie of the Year, let's put a few more games under his belt before he his crowned the new king of the mound. 

Since: Aug 29, 2006
Posted on: June 29, 2010 9:50 am

The Nats should use this as a cautionary tale

Hard to believe it's been four years since uber-prospect Prior shredded his hose.  Yeah, "Jesus in DC" started out like a house afire, but see what can happen if you pin TOO much on a young arm?  He looked a little human last night, didn't he?

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