Stephen Pryor

Stephen Pryor
Free agent
Born: (1989-07-23) July 23, 1989
Donelson, Tennessee
Bats: Right Throws: Right
MLB debut
June 2, 2012, for the Seattle Mariners
MLB statistics
(through 2014 season)
Win–loss record 3–1
Earned run average 2.81
Strikeouts 35

Stephen Michael Pryor (born July 23, 1989) is an American professional baseball pitcher who is currently a free agent. Pryor made his MLB debut with the Seattle Mariners on June 2, 2012. He won his first game on June 8, 2012, in a combined no-hitter started by Kevin Millwood.


Pryor attended Friendship Christian School in Lebanon, Tennessee, where he pitched for the school's baseball team.[1] Undrafted out of high school, Pryor began his college baseball career at Cleveland State Community College in 2007.[2] The Texas Rangers drafted Pryor in the 42nd round of the 2008 Major League Baseball (MLB) Draft, but he did not sign.[3] 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.[4] 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.[4] He began his professional career with the Everett AquaSox of the Class A-Short Season Northwest League that year.[4]

Pryor advanced to the Clinton LumberKings of the Class A Midwest League in August 2010.[5] He pitched for the High Desert Mavericks of the Class A-Advanced California League and Jackson Generals of the Class AA Southern League in 2011.[6] ranked Pryor as the ninth-best Mariners' prospect prior to the 2012 season.[7] He started the 2012 season with Jackson, before receiving a promotion to the Tacoma Rainiers of the Class AAA Pacific Coast League in May.[8] He was called up to the majors for the first time on May 31, 2012, and made his debut against the Chicago White Sox on June 2, 2012.[9][10] He got his first MLB win on June 8, as part of a combined no-hitter against the Los Angeles Dodgers in a game started by Kevin Millwood. The game was only his fourth MLB appearance. Charlie Furbush, Brandon League, Lucas Luetge, and Tom Wilhelmsen also appeared in the game for Seattle.[11]

In April 2013, Pryor was placed on the 60-day disabled list for a torn right latissimus dorsi muscle, and on July 16, he served as a starting pitcher for the Everett AquaSox against the Vancouver Canadians.[12] During October 2013, Pryor underwent surgery to repair triceps in his right shoulder and was shut down for the 2014 season.[13]

On July 24, 2014, Pryor was traded to the Minnesota Twins in exchange for Kendrys Morales.[14][15]

He was released by the Minnesota Twins on December 17, 2015.


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  2. "Cleveland State Baseball Has Banner Recruiting Class - 03/08/2007". March 8, 2007. Retrieved June 11, 2012.
  3. "Texas Rangers 2008 Draft Results | Team". Retrieved June 11, 2012.
  4. 1 2 3 "Mariners sign 17 players from 2010 Draft | Official Info" (Press release). June 14, 2010. Retrieved June 10, 2012.
  5. Lezotte, Dave (August 24, 2010). "Bats Back Wilhelmsen as Kings Punish Peoria | Clinton LumberKings News". Retrieved June 10, 2012.
  6. "Griffey leading Blaze | leading, adelanto, blaze – Victorville Daily Press". July 16, 2011. Retrieved June 10, 2012.
  7. "2012 Prospect Watch | Prospects". Retrieved June 10, 2012.
  8. Delk, Craig (May 14, 2012). "UC CONNECTIONS Pryor one step away from Majors". Cookeville, Tennessee: Herald Citizen. Retrieved June 10, 2012. (subscription required)
  9. "Mariners promote relief prospect Pryor". Retrieved June 10, 2012.
  10. "Seattle selects RHP Stephen Pryor from Triple-A Tacoma, transfers George Sherrill to 60-day DL". The Washington Post. Associated Press. May 30, 2012. Retrieved June 10, 2012.
  11. Star, Jon (June 9, 2012). "Mariners rookie Stephen Pryor earns first career win in no-hitter | News". Retrieved June 10, 2012.
  12. Lommers, Aaron (July 16, 2013). "Mariners pitchers to start for AquaSox". The Herald. Retrieved July 17, 2013.
  13. Johns, Greg (November 14, 2013). "Inbox: Hultzen and Pryor at different stages of rehabs". Retrieved July 25, 2014.
  14. Divish, Ryan (July 24, 2014). "Mariners trade for Kendrys Morales". Seattle Times. Retrieved July 25, 2014.
  15. "Twins trade 1B Kendrys Morales to Mariners". Associated Press. July 24, 2014. Retrieved July 25, 2014.
Preceded by
Johan Santana
No-hit game
June 8, 2012
(with Millwood, Furbush, Luetge, League, & Wilhelmsen)
Succeeded by
Matt Cain

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