It’s been an incredibly long road back, but it’s looking like the comeback may nearly be complete for pitcher Mark Prior.
The Red Sox signed Prior back in May, with hopes that it would be them that he could complete his comeback with. He was in the New York Yankees organization last year.
Like Wood did when he became the Cubs’ closer, Prior has reinvented himself as a relief pitcher with the Red Sox. He’s found great success so far with the Red Sox Triple A affiliate in Pawtucket, showing flashes of that form that made him a top prospect of the Cubs and a Cy Young candidate.
Prior has thrown just over six innings in Pawtucket, but the results have been terrific. He’s struck out 15 hitters over that span, and has shown streaks of dominance. His fastball is reportedly touching the mid-90s and mixing in his curveball, locating his pitches very well.
Currently occupying last place in the American League East, the Red Sox are in need of any help they can get. And Prior may be the next in line to make a trip to Fenway, which would be his first appearance in the bigs since 2006, when he was with the Cubs.
Kerry Wood and Mark Prior are forever connected in the Cubs organization, simply because of what could have been for each of them. Given all of the similarities between the two already, it looks like there could be room for one more. Wood found great success as a reliever for the last few years of his career. Prior, who is still only 31, could be ready to do the same very soon.