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Mark Prior is pitching well at Triple-A for the Red Sox

Jun 11, 2012, 3:22 PM EDT

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Mark Prior’s latest comeback has brought him to Triple-A for the Red Sox’s affiliate and, so far at least, he’s been healthy and effective.

We’re only talking about three appearances, of course, but Prior has thrown 4.2 innings with a 0.00 ERA and 10 strikeouts.

His velocity, while not where it was before all the injuries, has reportedly been pretty solid facing a handful of hitters per outing as a reliever and despite seemingly being around forever Prior is still just 31 years old.

Prior has reached the point in his career where it doesn’t really make any logical sense to get excited about his performance or optimistic about him getting back to the majors, but … well, 10 strikeouts in 4.2 innings is worth a mention for a guy baseball fans should be rooting for.

Through age 24 he had a 3.24 ERA and 719 strikeouts in 613 innings. That was in 2005. He struggled in 2006, going 1-6 with a 7.21 ERA, and hasn’t throwing a major-league pitch since.

  1. WhenMattStairsIsKing - Jun 11, 2012 at 3:27 PM

    I’m rooting for you Mark – I still miss watching you, Wood and Clement.

    • El Bravo - Jun 11, 2012 at 3:34 PM

      Big Z gets no love?

      • istillbelieveinblue - Jun 12, 2012 at 7:19 AM

        Carlos wasn’t a major factor in that 2003 season, as he was so young. The only starter to win a playoff game that year not named Wood or Prior was Jeff Clement and that amazing gotee. :) If I remember correctly Carlos lost game 5 in Miami.

      • El Bravo - Jun 12, 2012 at 11:53 AM

        Matt Clement.

      • roenick99 - Jun 12, 2012 at 12:17 PM

        Big Z did, does, and will always suck. Never liked that guy when he was their no 4 starter and really disliked him when he was posing as their No 1 starter while still pitching like a No 4 starter.

      • El Bravo - Jun 12, 2012 at 12:24 PM

        You mean the guy who was the best Cubs pitcher over the last ten years and who pitched that no-hitter? Yeah, he sucked.

    • mcsnide - Jun 11, 2012 at 3:47 PM

      Man, talk about a snake-bitten group. Clement was having a really nice career too til he took that line drive to the head.

      • istillbelieveinblue - Jun 12, 2012 at 7:34 AM

        Jeff also has asthma. That really made pitching in Chicago in the heat of the summer really difficult. I always really liked him. That 2003 team was so easy to get behind. They had the younger guys like Woody, Prior and Ramirez, and some easy-to-like veterans like Karros and Kenny Lofton.

      • roenick99 - Jun 12, 2012 at 12:15 PM

        Oh yeah, I agree with istillbelieveinblue. That 2003 team with Jimmy Wood and Jeff Clement and Timmy Karros and Enrique Ramirez was pretty solid. Their bullpen left a lot to be desired and is what ultimately cost them a shot at the WS IMO, but it was great when they finally squeaked it out to get in the playoffs. The way they crumbled at the end has pretty much scarred me for life though.

    • marshmallowsnake - Jun 11, 2012 at 4:40 PM

      Maybe the sox can talk wood out of retirement so they can have all three at some point on a roster?

  2. sabatimus - Jun 11, 2012 at 4:53 PM

    What’s going to happen when he gets called up and the Dusty Baker Effect results in TJ surgery?

  3. deathmonkey41 - Jun 11, 2012 at 8:35 PM

    Does anyone know if he got hurt while this article was being written?

  4. pisano - Jun 12, 2012 at 1:49 AM

    Take a look at what has happened to Aceves from over use,( era is over four+) now imagine them (Sox) over using Prior, his arm would fall off.

  5. braddavery - Jun 12, 2012 at 7:21 AM

    It would be a minor miracle if this guy ever pitched affectively in the Majors again. That said, I am rooting for him. It seems like he truly loves the game, because clearly the guy has money and could have just said fuck it a long while ago. The crazy part is, he’s young than Josh Beckett.

    • braddavery - Jun 12, 2012 at 7:59 AM


  6. bmorethansteel - Jun 12, 2012 at 7:52 AM

    Doesn’t matter. Team is done. Clubhouse is lost. Move on.

    • dexterismyhero - Jun 12, 2012 at 10:31 AM

      troll elsewhere please………….

  7. istillbelieveinblue - Jun 12, 2012 at 9:04 AM

    The Red Sox come to Wrigley this weekend…just imagine the circus if Mark is in the bullpen! Yeah, I know it’s not gonna happen, but how cool would that be?

  8. dexterismyhero - Jun 12, 2012 at 10:10 AM

    I always loved the fact that he hated the Cardinals and stated it all the time. Good luck Prior.

  9. jp1979 - Jun 12, 2012 at 12:09 PM

    I believe it was Mark Prior,Kerry Wood,and Matt Clement not Jeff,but they definitely had a nice young rotation

    • roenick99 - Jun 12, 2012 at 12:19 PM

      Oh wait, we weren’t supposed to just make up new first names for everyone? Oopsie!! Disregard my last post then…..

  10. mornelithe - Jun 12, 2012 at 4:55 PM

    Any help in the rotation is a good thing, doesn’t matter if he’s 31 or 81….he can’t do much worse than what they’ve got out there already.

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