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Quinn Priester, Endy Rodriguez Highlight Promotions To Triple-A Indianapolis

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With the Double-A Altoona Curve’s season coming to an end, the Pittsburgh Pirates have promoted a handful of players up a level to Triple-A Indianapolis.

In total, the Pirates promoted six prospects to Indianapolis, four of who are included in the Pirates’ Top 30 prospects list according to MLB Pipeline. Two of those players are on the Top 100 prospects list.

Here is the full list of players promoted.

RHP Quinn Priester 

After dominating the Double-A competition, the Pirates’ top pitching prospect is now just one step away from the major leagues.

The 2019 first-rounder went 4-4 with a 2.87 ERA and 75 strikeouts in 75.1 innings across 15 starts with the Curve this season.

Priester, 22, is rated as the 46th-best prospect by Pipeline.

C/OF Endy Rodriguez

The 22-year-old Rodriguez got off to a hot start this season with High-A Greensboro, earning a promotion to Double-A in early August.

Rodriguez didn’t spend much time with Altoona, but he sure did make an impression. He hit .356 with a 1.120 OPS, 14 doubles, eight home runs and 32 RBIs in just 31 games.

Rodriguez was just added to the Top 100 prospects list, checking in at No. 100.

1B Malcom Nunez

Nunez was acquired from the St. Louis Cardinals in the deal that sent Jose Quintana and Chris Stratton to the Red Birds and has done nothing but hit since coming over.

Still just 21, Nunez slashed .286/.381/.476 with five homers and 21 runs driven in in 29 games with Altoona.

Nunez checks in as the Pirates’ No. 12 prospect.

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OF Matt Gorski

Gorksi possesses some of the best pure power in the Bucs’ farm system and that pop will now be on display in the International League.

The 24-year-old Gorski hit 23 home runs in only 75 games between Greensboro and Altoona this season.

Gorski is considered the Pirates 22nd-best prospect.

1B Aaron Shackelford

Gorski isn’t the only power bat getting a promotion to Triple-A as he is joined by Shackelford.

Shackelford spent the entire season with Altoona, and the 25-year-old recorded an .813 OPS with 23 doubles, 26 home runs and 79 RBIs in 110 games

He isn’t ranked inside the Pirates’ Top 30 list.

RHP Colin Selby

Selby, 24, is a lot of what you want in a relief prospect.

He has high strikeout totals (41 in 32.2 innings), decent control (3.9 BB/9) and keeps the ball in the yard (only one home run allowed). Selby finished the year with a 2.20 ERA/2.59 FIP with Altoona.

Like Shackelford, Selby is not in the Pirates’ Top 30.

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