First Look: Quinn Priester Strikes out Six in Five Innings against The Dash
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For the first time this season, MiLB TV subscribers got their chance to watch the Greensboro Grasshoppers live. The significance of that is some of the brightest pitching prospects in the system currently reside there, including 2019 first round pick Quinn Priester.
When the initial minor league rosters were released, a lot of eyes directly looked at the rotation in Greensboro. Not only was Priester one of them, but other top prospects like Tahnaj Thomas and Carmen Mlodzinski would be starting the season with the Grasshoppers.
The unfortunate part of it was that Greensboro is one of the team's where their home games aren't featured on MiLB TV, as well as a lot of the other Class-A Advanced league they play in.
So getting an opportunity to see them wasn't going to be the easiest of thing. Finally after a month of play, Greensboro started a series against a team whose home games were available to stream, the Winston-Salem Dash.
So while Roansy Contreras usually hogs the limelight on Tuesday, since the Altoona Curve's games are always on stream, most Pirates fans got their first look of the team's top pitching prospect.
And he didn't disappoint.
In five innings, Priester allowed five hits, one runs, walked another, while striking out six batters.
Priester was able to establish his fastball on both sides of the plate, all though he failed to throw a first pitch strike on the first two batters he faced. The way he was able to locate his curveball its easy to see why they project it to be a plus pitch.
He used it on the first pitch in two of the three batters he faced, getting the first of his seven swing and misses by way of the breaking ball in the first innings.