The Pittsburgh Pirates are continuing their recent trend of promoting their prospects to the big leagues. Right-hander Quinn Priester will join the club on the current homestand and make his major league debut against the Cleveland Guardians, a source told Pittsburgh Baseball Now.
The expectation is that Priester will make his first start on Monday, the first game of the series against Cleveland.
The Pirates selected Priester in the first round of the 2019 MLB Draft out of Cary-Grove High School just outside of Chicago.
For his minor league career, Priester has gone 20-13 with a 3.49 ERA and 312 strikeouts in 312.2 innings across parts of four seasons.
This season with Triple-A Indianapolis, Priester is 7-3 with a 4.31 ERA in 18 starts. He’s walked 35 and has struck out 84 batters in 87.2 innings.
Priester has been on a nice roll ever since the start of May, pitching to a 3.31 ERA in 13 starts over that span.
According to MLB Pipeline, Priester is considered to be the Pirates’ fourth-best prospect and the 54th-best prospect in the league.
The Pirates’ starting pitching depth has taken a hit this season with several players sustaining season-ending injuries. In addition, Roansy Contreras and Luis Ortiz were optioned to Triple-A Indianapolis amidst their struggles this year.
Priester will get a chance to carve out a role in the team’s rotation moving forward and it will come in the next couple days.