Former Cubs pitcher Mark Prior named to USC Hall of Fame

Former Cubs pitcher Mark Prior named to USC Hall of Fame
July 8, 2014, 9:00 am
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Mark Prior won't have his bust in Cooperstown, but he will be recognized elsewhere for his baseball success as the former Cubs pitcher will be inducted into the University of Southern California's Hall of Fame for the Class of 2015.

Prior spent two seasons with the Trojans after transferring from Vanderbilt. As a sophomore, he went 10-7 with a 3.56 ERA before blossoming as a junior, going 15-1 with a 1.69 ERA that helped him become the second overall pick by the Cubs in the 2001 MLB Draft.

In a career derailed by an extensive list of arm injuries, Prior was 42-29 with a 3.51 ERA and 757 strikeouts in 657 innings across five seasons with the Cubs. He won 18 games with a 2.43 ERA in 2003, earning a trip to the All-Star game and finishing third in National League Cy Young voting.

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Prior hasn't pitched in the big leagues since 2006 and has made several comeback attempts over the years, the most recent coming last season with the Cincinnati Reds. He officially retired in December after yet another shoulder injury.

Prior headlines USC's list of 2015 inductees, along with former football head coach Pete Carroll (now a Super Bowl champion with the Seahawks) and Harold Miner, the program's all-time leading scorer in men's basketball.