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Bryan Scott Corey

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Bryan Corey has pitched in the US, Japan, Korea, Taiwan and Mexico.

He was drafted in the 12th round of the 1993 amateur draft by the Detroit Tigers as a shortstop. Assigned initially to the Bristol Tigers, he only hit .105/~.298/.137 as his sole offensive skill was drawing walks. In '94, Corey hit .153/.280/.188 for the Jamestown Jammers. With two years like that, his future clearly was not as an infielder. He also only fielded .878 in 1994, making him a "no-hit, no-field" player.

Moving to the pitching mound in 1995, Corey returned to Jamestown and went 2-2 with a 3.86 ERA and 10 saves for Jamestown. More impressively, he struck out 41 in 28 innings of work. At age 22, Bryan was a star for the Fayetteville Generals, going 6-4 with 34 saves and a 1.21 ERA. He allowed 50 hits, 17 walks and struck out 101 in 82 1/3 innings, providing further proof he had been assigned the wrong position originally. He led the South Atlantic League in both saves and games pitched (60) and Baseball America named him the top reliever in the SAL.

Corey struggled for the '97 Jacksonville Suns, having a 4.76 ERA and going 3-8 with nine saves. That November, he was taken in the third round of the 1997 expansion draft by the Arizona Diamondbacks. In 1998, Bryan went 4-6 with two saves and a 5.44 ERA for the Tucson Sidewinders, with a WHIP of 1.60. The new Diamondbacks needed arm help and he pitched three games for them that year, allowing four runs in four innings. It would be five years until he returned to the major leagues.

Corey was waived by Arizona that winter and claimed by Detroit again. For the 1999 Toledo Mud Hens, he went 5-2 with two saves and a 2.86 ERA as the club's most frequently utilized reliever. Joining the Oakland Athletics as a free agent, Bryan was 8-3 with four saves and a 4.24 ERA for the 2000 Sacramento RiverCats and was second on the team in appearances.

In 2001, he continued the wanderings of a AAA journeyman, going to the San Diego Padres chain and toiling for the Portland Beavers, where his line read 8-7 with six saves and a 4.67 ERA as opponents hit .300 against him. In 2002, his fifth organization was that of the Los Angeles Dodgers and his record was 5-4 with one save and a 4.36 ERA for the Las Vegas 51s and he allowed .348 average. He threw one scoreless inning on May 28 for the 2002 Dodgers. Returning to the same organization for a second (!) season, Corey went 4-5 with three saves and a 2.97 ERA in 60 relief stints for Las Vegas.

Another year, another franchise with the Chicago Cubs. Going 2-0 with five saves and a 3.38 ERA in 10 outings for the Iowa Cubs, he then moved on to the Yomiuri Giants. In Japan, Bryan went 1-1 with a 5.48 ERA in 21 games. His services were not retained for 2005.

In 2005, Corey signed with the Florida Marlins, his 8th organization. For the Albuquerque Isotopes, he was hammered to the tune of 3-6, 7.65 and a .312 opponent average. Joining the Texas Rangers chain in '06, Bryan saved 8 of 12 games with the Oklahoma RedHawks, allowing 1 earned run and 10 baserunners in 15 innings while fanning 16. He was 1-0 with 7 saves and a 2.08 ERA for the Frisco RoughRiders. Called up to Texas, he went 1-1 with a 2.60 ERA in 16 outings.

On July 31, he was shipped to the Boston Red Sox in exchange for Luis Mendoza. He had a 7.20 ERA in three games for the Pawtucket Red Sox and a 1-0, 4.57 record in three outings for Boston. In 2007, he pitched 58 games for Pawtucket and fared better (6-8, 3.69, 3 Sv) while he was 1-0 with a 1.93 ERA in nine outings for the 2007 Red Sox. Corey also split 2008 between Pawtucket (0 R in 5 IP) and Boston (7 R in 6 IP) before being sold to the San Diego Padres. He was then with the Portland Beavers (1 R in 6 2/3 IP) and San Diego (1-3, 6.23 in 39 G). Signing with the Texas Rangers, he posted a 7-9, 5.34 record for the 2009 Oklahoma City RedHawks.

Returning to Japan in 2010, Bryan went 4-4 with a 4.87 ERA and .289 opponent average for the Chiba Lotte Marines. He moved to the Korea Baseball Organization in 2011. Starting on Opening Day for the Lotte Giants, he fanned 7 in seven perfect innings to beat Hyun-jin Ryu and the Hanwha Eagles. He finished 4-3 with a 4.23 ERA in 25 games that year. Let go, he finished up the season with Taiwan's Lamigo Monkeys, going 2-1 with a 4.37 ERA. He spent most of 2012 back in the US with the Camden Riversharks but was not too sharp (8-10, 5.91, 152 H in 126 1/3 IP); he also allowed 3 runs (2 earned) in 5 innings for the Mexico City Red Devils with a win and a save. He tied for 7th in the Atlantic League in losses and tied for 10th with 89 runs allowed. In 2013, he became a Cleveland Indians scout.

Primary Sources: 1994-2006 Baseball Almanacs, 1995 Baseball Guide, Japanbaseballdaily.com by Gary Garland, KBO page, Taiwan Baseball Wiki, 2014 Indians Media Guide

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