Mark Franklin Corey ... Single ... Is a 1992 graduate of Austin Area (PA) High School, where he graduated as class valedictorian and also played basketball, golf and ran track ... Attended Edinboro University (PA), where he was a first-team Northeast Region All-Star and All-Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference his sophomore and junior years.2004Corey spent 2004 shuffling between Triple-A Nashville and Pittsburgh. He was recalled five times by the Bucs during the season. The right-hander was scored upon once in his final seven relief appearances. Corey went 1-4 with a 4.42 ERA and 16 saves in 34 outings as Nashville's closer.2003Established a single-season save record with Nashville (AAA) and tied for the Pacific Coast League lead with 30 despite joining Pittsburgh on 8/2...Tied for fifth among all minor league pitchers in saves...Was named to the PCL's mid-season and post-season All-Star teams...Was also recognized by Baseball America as the circuit's Best Reliever...Did not allow a hit in his first five outings (5.0ip) with the Sounds and recorded a save in five of his first six appearances...Did not surrender a run in his first eight outings (8.1ip)...Picked up lone Triple-A win with 2.0 scoreless innings on 4/18 vs. Memphis (game one)...Had a season-high four strikeouts on 4/25 @Salt Lake...Finished April with a 1-0 record, six saves and a 1.50 ERA (12.0ip/2er)...Walked a season-high four batters in 1.0 inning of work on 5/8 vs. Sacramento...Suffered his first loss on 5/16 @Albuquerque after giving up two runs in Nashville's 6-5 loss...Gave up a season-high four runs in his second loss on 5/28 @Iowa...Recorded a save in six straight appearances from 5/30 thru 6/12...Did not allow a run in eight straight appearances from 5/30 thru 6/19...Went 0-2 with a 9.28 ERA (10.2ip/11er) in 12 appearances during the month of May...Lost his third straight decision on 6/26 @Memphis...Did not allow a hit in five straight outings from 6/28 thru 7/9 (4.1ip)...Picked up saves in eight of his 12 outings from 6/28 thru 7/31...Had his contract purchased by Pittsburgh on 8/2...Made debut with the Pirates on 8/3 vs. Colorado and allowed four runs in 3.0 innings of work in Pittsburgh's 16-4 loss...Was scored upon in his first four appearances (8.0ip/7r)...Whiffed a career-high tying four batters on 8/12 vs. St. Louis...Did not allow an earned run in five straight outings from 8/12-22 (8.1ip)...Struck out four consecutive batters on 8/22 @Milwaukee...Suffered first loss with the Bucs after allowing a "walkoff" single to Royce Clayton on 8/23 @Milwaukee. ...Dropped second straight decision after allowing a "walkoff" home run to Chipper Jones in 10th inning on 9/5 @Atlanta (game one)...Earned first major league victory in second game of the twin-bill on 9/5 with 3.0 innings of scoreless relief...Was tagged for four runs in 1.0 inning of work on 9/16 vs. Cincinnati...Held opponents to a .163 average (8-for-49) and a 2.40 ERA (15.0ip/4er) in 12 road games.2002Split season between New York (NL) and Colorado organizations ... Began season with Norfolk (Mets' AAA). ... Struck out five of the six batters he faced while earning third save on 4/30 vs. Syracuse ... Was scored upon in just three of his first 15 Triple-A appearances (15.0ip/3er - 1.80 ERA) before being recalled by the Mets on 5/13 ... Surrendered one run in 0.2ip and suffered the loss in his first appearance with New York on 5/13 at Los Angeles ... Was optioned back to Norfolk on 5/24 ... Went 1-0 with two saves and a 0.00 ERA (8.0ip) in seven games and was recalled by New York again on 6/14 ... Did not allow a run in four straight appearances (2.1ip) from 6/14-25 ... Was placed on the 15-day disabled list on 6/27 after suffering a seizure following the Mets game on 6/26 ... Began a rehab assignment with Norfolk on 7/5 and earned the win in relief at Richmond that day ... Had his rehab assignment transferred to St. Lucie (Mets' A) on 7/8 and tossed 2.0 innings of perfect relief on 7/9 at Brevard County ... Had his rehab assignment transferred back to Norfolk on 7/11 ... Was recalled from rehab assignment and reinstated from the D.L. on 7/12 ... Made three straight scoreless outings (3.0ip) before being scored upon in three of his next four games from 7/18-30 (3.0ip/4er) ... Suffered losses on 7/18 at Montreal and on 7/27 vs. Cincinnati ... Was traded to Colorado, along with Jay Payton and Robert Stratton, on 7/31 in exchange for John Thomson and Mark Little ... Made two scoreless appearances (2.0ip) with Colorado before allowing a career-high six runs in 1.0 inning of work on 8/10 vs. Chicago (NL) ... Went 0-3 with an 8.59 ERA in 26 major league games with the Mets and Rockies ... Went 0-for-2 at the plate, striking out on 5/17 at San Diego and again on 8/28 vs. San Francisco.
Notes (thru 2002
CAREER TRANSACTIONS: Selected by Cincinnati in 1990 June free agent draft (4th round)... Acquired by New York (NL) from Cincinnati, 2/4/99, in deal for infielder Ralph Millard... Acquired by Colorado from New York (NL), 7/31/02, along with outfielders Jay Payton and Robert Stratton in deal for pitcher John Thomson and outfielder Mark Little... Granted free agency on 10/15/02 ... Signed by Pittsburgh as a minor league free agent on 12/25/02.
MOST STRIKEOUTS/GAME: 2 K's, (4 times), last on 8/13/02 at Florida.
MOST INNINGS PITCHED: 2.0 IP (2 times), 8/22/02 vs. Montreal & 7/30/02 vs. Houston.
LONGEST WINNING STREAK: No major league wins.
LONGEST LOSING STREAK: 3 games (5/13 to 7/27/02).
His seven-year minor league totals include a 43-50 record, 35 saves and a 4.05 ERA (667.1ip/300er) in 199 games (96 starts)
Has gone 0-for-2 as a batter in the majors
Made big-league debut at Shea Stadium on 10/2/01 vs. Pittsburgh (1.0ip/4h/3r)