Mark Prior’s latest comeback attempt involved working as a reliever at Triple-A for the Reds, but he’s been on the disabled list with a shoulder injury since late April and today they released him.
Since moving to the bullpen full time last season Prior has 47 strikeouts in 35 innings at Triple-A, but that also comes with 7.0 walks per nine innings and a 4.15 ERA.
Prior is still just 32 years old, but he hasn’t pitched in the majors since 2006. To put that in some context, Prior’s teammates that season included Greg Maddux, Tony Womack, John Mabry, and Phil Nevin. Oh, and Carlos Marmol was a 23-year-old rookie starting pitcher.
The good news is that everyone who wrote a “Mark Prior is making a comeback” story this spring can just copy and paste it for next year, assuming he doesn’t call it a career.
Michael Kopech has opted out of the 2020 season. The White Sox starter informed the team of his decision today, and the team issued a press release to that affect a few minutes ago.
The statement from general manager Rick Hahn. said “we recognize that reaching this decision is incredibly difficult for any competitive athlete, and our organization is understanding and supportive. We will work with Michael to assure his development continues throughout 2020, and we look forward to welcoming him back into our clubhouse for the 2021 season.”
Kopech, 24, has only four big league starts under his belt, all coming in late August and early September of 2018, but after a strong spring training he was likely to make Chicago’s rotation at some point in the 2020 season after sitting out all of 2019 following Tommy John surgery. Kopech was among the players sent to Chicago from the Red Sox in the Chris Sale trade back in December 2016. Others involved in the deal included Yoán Moncada, Victor Diaz, and Luis Alexander Basabe.
Now, however, Kopech has opted out.