You may remember about a month or so ago former Chicago Cubs pitcher Mark Prior had a workout in front of several major league scouts and general managers. By all accounts Prior was just "OK" in that throwing session.
On Tuesday Prior showed just how serious he is with his most recent comeback attempt. The former second overall pick in the MLB draft pitched a scoreless 6th inning for the Orange County Flyers of the independent Golden Baseball League. According to the manager of the Flyers, Paul Abbott, Prior will be used as a set up man.
Prior hasn't pitched in the majors since 2006 for the Cubs. He spent the 2007 and 2008 seasons recovering from various surgeries while spending last season in the minors for the San Diego Padres. He was released from his contract on August 1, 2009 after he had failed to impress enough to deserve a call up to the big league club.
Does anyone else find it interesting that the same week former teammate Kerry Wood begins his role as a setup man for the New York Yankees that Prior is restarting his career in the same role? Another fun fact, did anyone ever think we would have seen the three aces of the 2003 season (Wood, Prior & Zambrano) would all find themselves in the bullpen at the same time and for three different teams?