MJ native and former Friendship Christian standout Stephen Pryor
FORMER FCS PITCHING STANDOUT
The Minnesota Twins announced Thursday afternoon, July 24 that they have traded designated hitter Kendrys Morales to the Seattle Mariners for reliever Stephen Pryor.
Pryor, a former Friendship Christian School standout and a native of Mt. Juliet, was the Mariners right-handed “closer of the future” back in 2012 but has been sidetracked by injuries since.
The most recent, a torn back muscle on his pitching arm side, cost him most of 2013 and meant a late start in 2014. He’s spent most of the year in AAA with only one relief appearance with the Mariners (against the Twins this month).
In AAA-Tacoma, he’s had 27 strikeouts in 31 innings but has also had 18 walks. Control has been a bit of a problem for Pryor throughout his minor league career: he has walked 88 batters in 162 IP in the minors. In his major league career, he has 35 K in 32 IP with 16 BB and a 1.313 WHIP.
Undrafted out of high school, Pryor began his college baseball career at Cleveland State Community College in 2007.
The Texas Rangers drafted Pryor in the 42nd round of the 2008 Major League Baseball (MLB) Draft, but he did not sign.
After playing at Cleveland State for two seasons, Pryor transferred to Tennessee Technological University, where he played for the Tennessee Tech Golden Eagles as their closer.
After pitching to a 4–4 win–loss record with a 5.71 earned run average, with 22 walks and 75 strikeouts, in 24 appearances for the Golden Eagles, the Mariners drafted Pryor in the fifth round of the 2010 MLB Draft, and he signed with the Mariners.
He began his professional career with the Everett AquaSox of the Class A-Short Season Northwest League that year.