Bryan Corey Surprising

Bryan Corey Surprising

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Bryan Corey Surprising

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If someone had sidled up to you in January and said “you’re going to have a pretty good reliever in camp during Spring Training. In his first four innings, he’s gonna whiff three and give up one hit.”
“Sweet,” you say. “Definitely our closer. Who is it?”
“Bryan Corey.”
Bryan Corey. The Bryan Corey that was our “marquee” acquisition at the trading deadline, acquiring him from the Texas Rangers for minor leaguer Luis Mendoza. The Bryan Corey with 44 major league innings to his name. The Bryan Corey who turned 33 in October. The Bryan Corey whose career track looks as such:

  • June 3, 1993: Drafted by the Detroit Tigers in the 12th round of the 1993 amateur draft. Player signed June 5, 1993.
  • November 18, 1997: Drafted by the Arizona Diamondbacks from the Detroit Tigers as the 63rd pick in the 1997 expansion draft.
  • December 4, 1998: Selected off waivers by the Detroit Tigers from the Arizona Diamondbacks.
  • December 3, 1999: Signed as a Free Agent with the Oakland Athletics.
  • November 20, 2000: Signed as a Free Agent with the San Diego Padres.
  • December 27, 2001: Signed as a Free Agent with the Los Angeles Dodgers.
  • November 26, 2002: Signed as a Free Agent with the Los Angeles Dodgers.
  • November 12, 2003: Signed as a Free Agent with the Chicago Cubs.
  • May 5, 2004: Released by the Chicago Cubs.
  • November 17, 2004: Signed as a Free Agent with the Florida Marlins.
  • March 15, 2006: Signed as a Free Agent with the Texas Rangers.
  • July 30, 2006: Traded by the Texas Rangers to the Boston Red Sox for Luis Mendoza (minors).
  • Here’s Corey’s year by year statistics:
    1998 with Arizona: 4.0 IP, 9.00 ERA at age 24
    2002 with Los Angeles: 1.0 IP, 0.00 ERA at age 28
    2006 with Texas: 17.1 IP, 2.60 ERA at age 33
    2006 with Boston: 21.2 IP, 4.57 ERA at age 33
    I remember being piqued with Corey during last season and quietly rooting for him. So far this year, he has done nothing not to warrant a spot. He could shove Manny Delcarmen down to AAA, because Delcarmen is not having a good spring so far. So far this spring, his line is: 2.2 IP, 2 H, 5 ER, 2 BB, 2 K. Craig Hansen is imploding too, which makes our bullpen fight all the more intriguing. Enter Bryan Corey, the journeyman who seems to have finally got the shot he craved last year and actually did pretty well. Francona is enthused with Corey this year, and called his changeup in “midseason form.”
    With such a dominating effort (to date) and praise from the manager, could Corey open the season in the majors? Why not? A bullpen of Donnelly, Timlin, Pineiro, Okajima, Corey, Romero and another winner of the sweepstakes (Delcarmen? DeBarr? Lopez? Breslow?) wouldn’t be great, but it would inspire some confidence. The one thing about this bullpen is that it has the potential to be solid. Not amazing, but solid. In the end, that’s what matters.
    And if we want a solid bullpen, it looks like Bryan Corey may be just the guy to throw into the backend of that bullpen.
    (Thank you to my internet for crashing last night while I was working on this article. It’s about half as long as I would have preferred, and it’s being published nine hours later than I would prefer, but oh well. Go Sox.!)
    Previous poll results:
    Should Curt Schilling be working on a changeup?

    * No, it will not change anything. He’s headed downhill.
    3% of all votes
    * No, he should work on perfecting what got him here.
    3% of all votes
    * Yes, but it won’t alter his career.
    38% of all votes
    * Yes, it could revitalize his career if he can make it a weapon.
    58% of all votes

    Wow. Most people think it could revitalize his career. The other option commonly used was it not altering his career, while the first two options got no love. At least that’s a positive that only 3 percent think he is headed downhill, right? New poll on the right about Craig Hansen, who imploded last night.

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