February 24, 2002 |
Right-hander Matt Harrington was impressive in his first public workout since last summer, throwing three perfect innings Saturday against participants in an open tryout in the San Diego Padres' minor league camp at Peoria, Ariz. Harrington, the Padres' second-round draft pick last June and a first-round pick by Colorado in 2000 from Palmdale High, consistently reached 91 mph with his fastball. He's coming off shoulder soreness that forced him to stop pitching last summer for the independent St.
June 6, 2001 |
Mark Prior of USC was regarded as the nation's top baseball prospect, a pitcher some believe capable of stepping into a major league rotation as soon as he signs a professional contract. The Minnesota Twins, however, selected Minnesota high school catcher Joe Mauer with the first pick in Tuesday's amateur draft, allowing the Chicago Cubs to take Prior with the second. Prior, a 6-foot-5, 225-pound junior right-hander, was far from disappointed. "Today has been a great day," he said.
June 5, 2001 |
It's the seventh game of the World Series. Matt Harrington is on the mound. His ultimate dream never has changed. In this version, though, the scene has shifted to a never-never land of the horrific and absurd, what one might imagine as the result of too much garlic, too many anchovies on late-night pizza. Harrington is pitching in Minnesota for a team called the St. Paul Saints. The opponents are the Fargo Redhawks, not a big leaguer in the bunch.
March 17, 2001 |
Palmdale infielder Tyrone Culver will likely miss the rest of the season after separating his left shoulder before a game against Thousand Oaks on March 9. Culver, a senior, injured his shoulder when he dove for a ball and landed awkwardly during warm-ups. He sustained the same injury during his sophomore football season. Even if Culver is cleared to play later this season, he may sit out.
February 14, 2001 |
The Colorado Rockies did not alter their offer to Matt Harrington by the Tuesday deadline set by the pitcher, probably ending negotiations between the team and the former Palmdale High star. Harrington, selected seventh in the amateur draft last year, asked the Rockies to amend their most recent offer, a $4 million, seven-year deal that included a $1.5 million signing bonus. Harrington is seeking $4 million over four years with a $2.4 million bonus.
February 10, 2001
Pitcher Matt Harrington, from Palmdale High, will reenter the amateur baseball draft if he does not receive a new contract offer from the Colorado Rockies by Tuesday, his agent said. Harrington, No. 7 pick in last year's draft, has been offered a $4-million, seven-year deal by the Rockies but is seeking the same amount over four years. "Tuesday's the day [the Harringtons] said they want something done or it's over," said Tommy Tanzer, Harrington's agent. "They've made that clear."