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07/13/2003 9:16 PM ET
Chicago Cubs All-Star: Mark Prior
Facts and Figures
Think you know everything about Mark Prior? The Chicago Cubs pitcher, who was on the Opening Day roster for the first time,
was selected to the National League All-Star team for the first time during his Major League career.
Prior, who turns 23 on September 7, was selected by the Cubs with the second overall pick in the 2001 draft out of
A 2002 finalist for the 72nd annual Amateur Athletic Union James E. Sullivan Memorial Award, which recognizes the
top amateur athlete in the nation. He's just the fourth baseball player to be a finalist for the award.
Has worked at least six innings in 17 of his 19 starts this season - and in 31 of his first 38 big league starts. He
has given up two or fewer earned runs in 26 of his Major League outings.
Over his last 26 starts spanning 172 1/3 innings (dating back to July 30 of last season), he has struck out 211
batters while issuing only 42 walks.
Has five double-digit strikeout games this season, giving him 11 for his young big league career.
He reached the Majors in May 2002 after nine minor league starts. He went 11-8 with a 3.01 ERA in 28 overall starts
for the Cubs, Triple-A Iowa and Double-A West Tenn.
Heading into the All-Star break, Prior was second in the Majors in strikeouts with 150, just behind teammate Kerry Wood
(156). Prior also ranked among the National League elite with his team-high 128 2/3 innings of work and his 3.01 ERA.
HEY NOW, YOU'RE AN ALL-STAR
At 22 years, 9 months, Prior will be the youngest Cub to go to an All-Star Game since Greg Maddux, who was three months past
his 22nd birthday when he went to the 1988 Midsummer Classic. Maddux did not participate in that contest. The youngest Cub
pitcher to appear in an All-Star Game was Fergie Jenkins (23 years, 6 months - 1967).
Prior opened a season in the Majors for the first time and went 4-1 with a 1.70 ERA in 5 April outings.
He made his first start of the 2003 campaign April 3 at New York and was the winning pitcher in a 6-3 contest
On April 9 against Montreal at Wrigley Field, Prior threw his first Major League shutout in a 3-0 contest. He threw
113 pitches (89 for strikes) and gave up four hits and no walks while striking out 12 batters.
On April 19 against Pittsburgh at PNC Park, Prior was the winning pitcher in the Cubs' 10-inning 6-1 victory. He was
lifted for a pinch hitter in the 10th inning after allowing one run and six hits.
On April 25 at Colorado, he both pitched and batted the Cubs to an 11-7 victory. On the mound, he allowed two runs
in seven-plus innings. At the plate, he was 2-for-4 with a solo homer off Nelson Cruz and a three-run double. The home run
was the first of his career. He's the first Cubs pitcher to have a four RBIs game since Kevin Tapani (July 20, 1998, at
Atlanta) and the first to record two extra-base hits in one game since Ismael Valdes (May 24, 2000, at Colorado).
In an 11-5 victory at Milwaukee May 12, he fanned 11 batters in six innings. When he surrendered a homer to Geoff
Jenkins leading off the bottom of the second inning, it was the first roundtripper he gave up this year (in his 51st inning
On May 17 at St. Louis - in which he was not involved in the decision in the Cubs' 2-1 victory - he went 3-for-3
with a double and scored a run (all against Brett Tomko). He's the first Cubs pitcher to have a three-hit affair since Jeremi
Gonzalez on June 18, 1998, vs. Philadelphia.
He picked up his sixth win in the Cubs' 8-7 decision over the New York Yankees on June 8. The win equaled his 2002
victory total. He struck out 10 over six innings in the game.
On June 26 vs. Milwaukee (no decision, 5-3 loss), he struck out 16 batters in eight innings of work without issuing
a walk. The strikeout total tied for the second highest single-game total in Cubs history - as he fanned the final six
batters he faced.