Mark Prior is still holding on to that major league dream and this time it may actually work out for him. The Boston Red Sox signed Prior to a minor league deal on May 2, and shockingly the righty has pitched well for Triple-A Pawtucket and could be on the verge of a call-up.
Prior hasn’t pitched in the big leagues since 2006, but he has looked like his former self in six appearances for the Paw Sox. He has allowed just four hits, while striking out 19 in eight innings. He has issued five walks but surrendered just two earned runs, both coming on a two-run home run by Xavier Paul on Monday.
According to those in attendance, Prior’s curveball is back and looks as good as ever, while he has been sitting in the 90-93 mph range with his fastball.
For those who don’t remember, Prior was an all-world starter who dominated Major League Baseball for about a year and a half before arm troubles derailed his career. He has launched several comeback attempts since but none have been successful.
No one has tried harder to get back to the bigs than Prior and it’s hard to not root for a guy who has never given up.
Given how bad Boston’s pitching has been, it wouldn’t be surprising if the Red Sox called him up within the next few weeks. In fact, rumors suggest that with another solid outing or two, that’s just what will happen.
It would be great to see Prior on a big league mound again.