Asking to be hopeful about the Pirates used to be a far-fetched idea, and most of the time, you would get laughed at for even bringing up the notion. Now you can start to see draft picks performing at their respective minor league levels, and the barometer of hope is starting to rise exponentially. This can especially be said when said prospects win player of the week awards.
That player is 2019 first-round pick, Quinn Priester. Priester has earned high-A pitcher of the week honors thanks to his brilliant outing against the Houston Astros’ High-A affiliate Asheville. On Aug 27th, Priester put up a blistering performance, only giving up one hit, striking out 13, and had a perfect game through the first five innings.
— Minor League Baseball (@MiLB) August 30, 2021
At the age of 20, Priester could find himself in double-A at the beginning of the 2022 campaign. With the way, Priester has pitched as of late, it makes you wonder how much better can Priester perform in Altoona, a much more pitcher-friendly ballpark as compared to where he is at now in Greensboro.