Affiliate Pittsburgh Pirates Double-A has an impressive lineup, but rotating can be a solid part of the list, too.
A few weeks ago, we took a look at Pittsburgh Pirates Double-A subsidiary, Altoona Curve, and their potential opening day lineup. Their stacked lineup carries in the first round as Nick Gonzalez and Conor Scott, and potentially upscale Pejero, 2021 breakout predictor Jared Triulo and Lulu Sanchez provided. Altoona might have one of the best junior league squads.
But the spin could still be there when compared to the lineup. The Five Novices have a lot of talented shooters, and some of them have the highest ceilings in the organization. This is the upper mansion, giving the Pittsburgh Pirates a promising outlook for the near future.
If the spin is so good, what are we looking at here? What arms will the curve go through in each game to start?
Quinn Priester is the best promotional opportunity for the organization. He is one of the top 100 potential players by consensus and has made strides to improve his game over the past few years and become one of the top potential players in baseball. He would still be very young at just 21 years old, but the talent is there for the right hand.
Last season Preister spent the entire season at High-A Greensboro. He made a total of 97.2 innings, posted 3.07 ERA, 4.08 FIP, and 1.24 WHIP. He also had a 24.1% healthy strike rate, 0.74 HR/9, and a 9.6% walking rate. The number of free passes he allowed was a bit high, but not to an alarming degree. Plus, with a globe average of 54.7%, home jogging wasn’t much of an issue for him.
Priester improved as the season went on. From July 23 through the end of the campaign, the talented bowler had a 2.80 ERA, 3.67 FIP and 1.15 WHIP. His strike rate was 27% over his last 48.2 runs, and he only allowed two runs on his turf. His walking rate was still a high of 9.2%, but again there was nothing to worry about.
The pastor throws a variety of performances. The best is the curve ball, which is arguably the best curve ball in the minor leagues. He threw it around the low ’80s with FanGraphs breaking compared to Adam Wainwright’s curve. FanGraphs loves it because it’s an 80’s drop pitch. His Fastball has seen some improvement since the 2020-2021 off-season and sits around 96-97 mph with around 2,200 rpm. This is far from the only performances he throws.
Preister offered a powerful slider/cutter that FanGraphs and MLB Pipeline see as a third above average offer. He has a change that gives him a fourth grade average. Finally, there’s his sunken seamstress that he uses to get a lot of globes out.
Priester has everything you could want at the start of an advertising offering that looks to be your future. He has the size, standing at 6’3, 210 pounds, an arsenal of three that’s expected to be 60 or better and two more from that project to be 50 or better, and the stats to back it up. Given Priester’s talent, it wouldn’t be a huge surprise to see him at the end of 2022, neither Roansy Contreras or Oneil Cruz.