Prior Signs Five-Year Deal With Chicago Cubs

Aug. 23, 2001

LOS ANGELES -- Former USC pitcher and 2001 National Player of the Year Mark Prior agreed to terms today with the Chicago Cubs after being selected as the No. 2 overall draft pick by the organization in the June amateur draft. Financial terms of the agreement with Prior were not disclosed.

Prior, who was 15-1 with a 1.69 ERA in his junior season with the Trojans, earned six Player of the Year honors including the Smith Award and the Dick Howser Trophy (National Collegiate Baseball Writers' Association). He also was named as the top player in the nation by Baseball America, Collegiate Baseball, The Sporting News and the American Baseball Coaches' Association.

The 6-5, 220-pound native of Bonita, Calif., struck out a school and Pac-10 Conference record 202 batters last season and allowed only 18 walks in 138 2/3 innings of work. The Trojans finished the season with a 45-19 record and made their second consecutive trip to the College World Series.

Prior, who is one year away from earning his business degree, will attend classes for the fall semester.

He will receive the Dick Howser Trophy on Saturday (Sept. 8) in a ceremony during the USC-Kansas State football game at the Coliseum.

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