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Is just an average career awaiting Prior?

Alan Schwarz takes a look back at pitchers who have made a quick jump to the majors, much like Mark Prior.

Originally Published: May 22, 2002
By Alan Schwarz | Special to ESPN.com

Mark Prior getting called up to pitch against the Pirates on Wednesday, less than a year after being drafted, is a special achievement: Since the draft began in 1965, only about 75 pitchers have jumped from college to the big leagues by July 1 of the following season. But that in itself doesn't mean Prior is going to become a special pitcher.

Sure, the list includes some standouts like Roger Clemens and Kevin Brown. When you also see twice as many Mike Adamsons and Kirk Dressendorfers, though, ...

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