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  • Does Mark Prior make Opening Day roster?

    Does anyone see Mark Prior making it to the Opening Day roster? I really really fail to see him there. We are halfway through spring training and he hasnt shown me anything that makes me feel comfortable with him being on our team.
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  • #2
    Injuries are getting to him. He's so young too. He didn't have a good season last year. Im still not sure if the Cubs will keep him or not for the Opening Day roster.
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    • #3
      He'll start in AAA, get some work done and be back on our club once Wade Miller starts to suck it up.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by Lipsander
        He'll start in AAA, get some work done and be back on our club once Wade Miller starts to suck it up.
        Miller's not a given yet for the 5th spot in the rotation. Angel Guzman has put himself in the mix, as he'll take the hill against the White Sox today. We may not even use a 5th man until the start of May.

        As for Prior, it looks like his confidence is down, way down, along with his velocity. With the news that he'll start a minor league game today, I'm pretty sure he's headed for Iowa. If he can get his velocity up, and a spot opens on the ML roster, then he would be one of a few candidates to get the call.
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        • #5
          He's fallen so far, hopefully he can get back to form in Iowa.
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          • #6
            Well Prior made a step in the right direction in his minor league game against AA players. In 4 IP, he allowed 1 hit, walked 2, struck out 4 and hit a batter. He was hitting higher on the gun (85-88 mph, top @ 90) in his previous outings plus he was throwing his breaking balls with command.

            Depending on where he starts in his next outing (and how he does) he could still make the Opening Day roster.
            What a Batted Ball is Worth (in terms of a run):
            Line Drive: .356
            HBP: .342
            Non-Intentional Walk: .315
            Intentional Walk: .176
            Outfield Fly: .035
            Groundball: -.101
            Bunts: -.103
            Infield Fly: -.243
            Strikeout: -.287
            It's now officially Doctor Bob Sacamento, D.C., C.S.C.S., and working on my D.A.B.C.O. (Diplomate American Board of Chiropractic Orthopedics)

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            • #7
              Prior may take a extra week or two to get ready for the season, but he will end up on the starting rotation. Also, Prior will end up winning the comeback player of the year. He just has to right himself. His command is getting better and his speed is building up. He will get it figured out. This being his walk year, he has too much $$$ to lose.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by cpomeroy
                This being his walk year, he has too much $$$ to lose.
                Prior is still arbitration eligible next year. He's a free agent the following year.

                Cub free agents next year are: Barrett, Floyd, Izturis, Wood, Miller, Ward, and Zambrano if they don't get his deal done soon.
                What a Batted Ball is Worth (in terms of a run):
                Line Drive: .356
                HBP: .342
                Non-Intentional Walk: .315
                Intentional Walk: .176
                Outfield Fly: .035
                Groundball: -.101
                Bunts: -.103
                Infield Fly: -.243
                Strikeout: -.287
                It's now officially Doctor Bob Sacamento, D.C., C.S.C.S., and working on my D.A.B.C.O. (Diplomate American Board of Chiropractic Orthopedics)

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                • #9
                  Does anyone think of Rick Ankiel when the hear about Prior? Thye are both similar in ways. They both had a tremendous first full season. They both got hyped up in the playoffs. They both had bad experiences in the playoffs (obviouslly Ankiel much more than Prior, but its could have hit harder mentally for Prior) and then they both just started falling off the face of the earth. Of course Prior still pitched in the majors the years after, but not with the same effect he had in 2003.
                  "I don't like to sound egotistical, but every time I stepped up to the plate with a bat in my hands, I couldn't help but feel sorry for the pitcher."
                  -Rogers Hornsby-

                  "People ask me what I do in winter when there's no baseball. I'll tell you what I do. I stare out the window and wait for spring."
                  -Rogers Hornsby-

                  Just a note to all the active members of BBF, I consider all of you the smartest baseball people I have ever communicated with and love everyday I am on here. Thank you all!

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                  • #10
                    Prior is done! Oh he'll pitch again, he'll pitch for the Cubs again, but this will be his last year in Chicago because the Cubs have a head coach now who has no patience for the "wait till Wood and Prior come back" fantasy that has become the face of Cubdom for the last 3 years. If I had a nickle for every time I heard that phrase I could retire.

                    If you cant see the writing on the wall for Prior then you are an eternal optimist. And probably for Wood too. Both got far more support then they deserved, especially Prior.

                    He might win 8 or 10 games this year, with the run support the Cubs will be able to give him. But Prior will never be a 15+ game winner again and the patience of Cubdom will finally run our for him in 2007.
                    "Let me start by telling you this: I have never used steroids. Period. I don't know how to say it any more clearly than that. Never." :hyper:

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                    • #11
                      I agree. I dont see Prior doing anything special again. I see him as a starter never for a good team again and only being able to start on teams like the Royals and Devil Rays.
                      "I don't like to sound egotistical, but every time I stepped up to the plate with a bat in my hands, I couldn't help but feel sorry for the pitcher."
                      -Rogers Hornsby-

                      "People ask me what I do in winter when there's no baseball. I'll tell you what I do. I stare out the window and wait for spring."
                      -Rogers Hornsby-

                      Just a note to all the active members of BBF, I consider all of you the smartest baseball people I have ever communicated with and love everyday I am on here. Thank you all!

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                      • #12
                        Is everyone forgetting that Mark Prior is only 26 years old and has already started 109 games with 680 1/3 IP under his belt. He's never gone under the knife, hasn't had a serious injury, and to write him off is completely ignorant. In comparision, Rich Hill is 6 months older than him and only has 20 starts in the big leagues.
                        What a Batted Ball is Worth (in terms of a run):
                        Line Drive: .356
                        HBP: .342
                        Non-Intentional Walk: .315
                        Intentional Walk: .176
                        Outfield Fly: .035
                        Groundball: -.101
                        Bunts: -.103
                        Infield Fly: -.243
                        Strikeout: -.287
                        It's now officially Doctor Bob Sacamento, D.C., C.S.C.S., and working on my D.A.B.C.O. (Diplomate American Board of Chiropractic Orthopedics)

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Bob Sacamento
                          Rich Hill is 6 months older than him (Prior) and only has 20 starts in the big leagues.

                          I was going to comment on the same fact! HAHA Nice!
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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Bob Sacamento
                            Is everyone forgetting that Mark Prior is only 26 years old and has already started 109 games with 680 1/3 IP under his belt. He's never gone under the knife, hasn't had a serious injury, and to write him off is completely ignorant. In comparision, Rich Hill is 6 months older than him and only has 20 starts in the big leagues.
                            Do you think he will make Opening Day roster then?
                            "I don't like to sound egotistical, but every time I stepped up to the plate with a bat in my hands, I couldn't help but feel sorry for the pitcher."
                            -Rogers Hornsby-

                            "People ask me what I do in winter when there's no baseball. I'll tell you what I do. I stare out the window and wait for spring."
                            -Rogers Hornsby-

                            Just a note to all the active members of BBF, I consider all of you the smartest baseball people I have ever communicated with and love everyday I am on here. Thank you all!

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by Bob Sacamento
                              Is everyone forgetting that Mark Prior is only 26 years old and has already started 109 games with 680 1/3 IP under his belt. He's never gone under the knife, hasn't had a serious injury, and to write him off is completely ignorant. In comparision, Rich Hill is 6 months older than him and only has 20 starts in the big leagues.
                              I dont know exactly what your Rich Hill comparison is supposed to mean? Hill is no Prior and Prior is no Hill. About the only thing they have in common is that neither has pitched a lot of innings for most of their short careers. At least when Hill is diagnosed with an injury it is fixed, he rehabs, and then he goes on from there.

                              Exactly what is wrong with Mark Prior? Does anyone know? Does he know? Or is he just a p-u-s-s-y? Or, is he actually a tough guy who wasnt meant to play Pro baseball? When a player goes for years with mysterious injuries that nobody can really diagnose, nobody can fix, "he" cant work thru, and the Cubs can never really explain??? Well when all that happens then its time to bet another horse.

                              Lou Piniella isn't part of the "Prior/Wood fantasy world" here in Chicago. These two are either going to show up to work and perform or they will be elsewhere. That was the real message of sending Prior down to a minor league assignment. Piniella has no interests in fantasies. He is determined to end the WS drought on the north side no matter what.

                              Its very possible Prior never pitches in a Cub uniform again.
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