After the Minnesota Twins took Joe Mauer with the first pick, Chicago was forced to make a quick call and decided to bring the USC Trojans pitcher into the Windy City. I’m sure every Cubs fan plugs their ears when they Prior’s name, but if the team was able to go back 12 years, who would be the new selection?
The two names that would instantly come to mind are Mark Teixeira and David Wright. Now, unlike drafts in other professional sports, it’s incredibly difficult to formulate a MLB mock draft, let alone predict which prospect is going to have a huge impact 10 years down the road. However, the Texas Rangers and the New York Mets apparently both knew something that the Cubs did not.
Unfortunately, injuries derailed a once-promising career for Prior and had it not been for a one Steve Bartman, Prior would have been responsible for bringing a world series title to Chicago. Now, any Cubs fan worth their salt doesn’t entirely blame Bartman the person, but more the absolute demise that the fan helped cause.
Either way, the Cubs swung and missed with Prior, who finished his five-year career with a 3.51 ERA despite placing third in NL Cy Young voting back in 2003.
One can only hope that the new regime for the Cubs takes notice of the travesty that was Prior’s career and get more out of their second overall pick in 2013. Oddly enough, the Cubs are virtually locked into drafting a pitcher on Thursday — let the comparisons fly!