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Mark Prior is back

The former Cubs flamethrower is trying to resurrect his career

Updated: September 7, 2010, 5:41 PM ET
By Kevin Goldstein | Baseball Prospectus
Mark PriorJamie Squire/Getty ImagesMark Prior is pitching again, this time for a Texas Rangers affiliate.

In this week's 10-pack, you'll find out about a pitcher trying to make a comeback, another strong pitching prospect for the Phillies and a 26-year-old Cuban catcher who is playing well in the Cubs' minor league system.

Mark Prior, RHP, Texas Rangers (Triple-A Oklahoma City)
It just seemed weird to write; Mark Prior, Texas Ranger. Having not pitched in organized baseball since 2006, the former next big thing finally returned on Sunday, pitching a scoreless inning of relief while giving up two hits, a walk and striking out two. It wasn't an easy frame for Prior -- he needed 28 pitches to generate his three outs -- and on a stuff level, he's a shell of his former self, sitting at just 89-91 mph with his fastball while flashing a decent-at-best breaking ball. He could have easily walked away from the game and been set for life financially, but he had something to prove, if only to himself, and it's hard not to root for a guy like that.


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