2007-06-30 / Sports

Corey again on Pirates' doorstep

Pitcher Mark Corey of Austin is knocking on the door of major league baseball once again as a member of the Indianapolis Indians, the Class AAA minor league affiliate of the Pittsburgh Pirates.

During his major league career, Corey, 32, has appeared in 81 games for the Pirates, Rockies and Mets. This season, the righthander is a member of a pitching staff that remains in flux, as the Pirates continue to shuttle several hurlers back and forth from the major league roster to Indianapolis.

After appearing in four games for the Indians during May, Corey was sidelined by injury. He returned to action on June 14 and, since then, has not been scored upon. He's currently 1-0 with a 3.21 earned run average in nine appearances

Corey spent the 2006 season in the New York Yankees organization at Columbus, Ohio, also a Class AAA affiliate. In 2005, Corey led all Class AAA pitchers in saves while pitching for Indianapolis. He is one of the all-time save leaders in Triple-A history, but has not been given the opportunity to serve as a closer in the majors.

In recent years, Corey has perfected his curveball to become his most effective weapon, particularly against righthanded batters.

Corey was the valedictorian of his high school class at Austin, where he played basketball and was a member of the Coudersport High School track and golf teams through a cooperative sports agreement.

He went on to excel in American Legion Baseball and then was a starting pitcher at Edinboro University. Corey was initially drafted by the Cincinnati Reds. Arm surgery stalled his career, but he bounced back strong.

In 2004, he appeared in 31 games during five different call-ups by the Pirates. He was scored on just once in his final seven appearances.

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