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Cubs prospects get advice from Mark Prior and Kerry Wood

Jan 17, 2013, 4:10 PM EDT

kerry wood and mark prior

This week the Cubs had a bunch of their top prospects in Chicago for an “acclamation program” and two speakers brought in to speak to them were Mark Prior and Kerry Wood.

Both were amazing prospects and neither had the career many people expected, although Wood and to a lesser extent Prior certainly weren’t total busts.

“Who better to know and understand having all the hype, having all the pressure, being the young guy coming up and then performing in his environment?” senior vice-president of scouting/player development Jason McLeod told Paul Sullivan of the Chicago Tribune. “Who better than those two guys? Those had to have been two of the most hyped Cubs prospects of the last 15-20 years.”

Wood retired in May of last season following a 14-year career in the majors that included a Rookie of the Year award and two All-Star appearances. Prior made the All-Star team and finished third in the Cy Young award voting during his first full season at age 22, but hasn’t pitched in the majors since 2006 and made various comeback attempts while pitching in the minors since then.

Meanwhile, the Cubs didn’t invite Sammy Sosa to their annual Cubs Convention.

  1. shawnuel - Jan 17, 2013 at 4:26 PM

    Their advice? Don’t pitch for the Cubs.

  2. beefytrout - Jan 17, 2013 at 4:45 PM

    Kerry Wood got to leave the mound after striking out his last batter, shaking the hands of his teammates, walked off listening to a roaring ovation from the home crowd he took less money to play in front of, and was greeted on the field with a hug from his son.

    He may not have had the career he expected, but he ended it about as perfectly as an athlete can.

    • stex52 - Jan 17, 2013 at 5:37 PM

      Well put. I agree.

  3. cubfan531 - Jan 17, 2013 at 4:57 PM

    I was really hoping the Red Sox would have called up Prior when they visited Wrigley in 2012. There’s no ill will there. Prior did all he could to stay a Cub, but the injuries were just too much.

    If he is done, I’d like to see him get some sort of role with the team. I’m sure he’s got a ton he could teach young players, especially regarding injury signs.

  4. scoser - Jan 17, 2013 at 5:19 PM

    Hopefully their first piece of advice to pitching prospects was “Stay the hell away from Dusty Baker”.

  5. sawxalicious - Jan 18, 2013 at 1:12 AM

    Man, if those two had been able stay healthy, the Cubs recent history would look very different. Before the injuries, Prior was very similar to how Verlander is now…awesome competitor, too bad the injury bug ate him for dinner.

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