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.

First Inning

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.

Second Inning

The first batter of the second inning was a good example of how good Priester's breaking ball is and how he uses it. Priester starts with a fastball inside that gets fouled away before pounding away with the curve, getting a swing and a miss on two of the next three pitches.

One thing watching Priester that I liked is his ability to place his pitches right on the corner of the strike zone. Upper 90s on the paint isn't something many can hit, especially at the level he is at. The only time his fastball was left in a vulnerable spot, he paid for it, but that comes later.

Third Inning

Priester started to struggle with his control in the third, walking a batter and not getting ahead with a first pitch strike at all throughout the inning. He walked the lea off hitter on a 3-2 fastball, but he was eventually picked off on a great move by Priester that had the batter fooled and leaning the wrong way.

Fourth Inning


Another at bat I wanted to showcase was this one to lead off the fourth inning. Priester starts with a curveball in the dirt for a swing and miss strike one. He then works back up and in with consecutive fastballs that get him to an 1-2 count.

He then threw two well placed breaking balls, aimed at the hitter's back foot. The first he was able to hold up on, but not the second, swinging and missing for the strikeout.

Priester allowed hits to three of the next four batters, including an infield hit to load the bases but the 2019 first round pick got a strikeout to end the inning.

Fifth Inning

The inning would lead off with a home run after Priester would fall behind 3-1 and left a fastball too far over the middle of the plate.

He would pick up two more strikeouts, one with a breaking ball, the other a called strike three with a fastball.

Altogether, Priester threw 84 pitches, 53 of which went for strikes. His record now stands at 3-3, and lowered his ERA to 3.52. It is the third time out of seven starts he has completed five innings. He is averaging about 4 1/3 innings per outing in 2021.

What did you think about Priester? Did he live up to the hype? What else would you like to see out of him the next time you get to watch him pitch? Let us know in the comment section below, subscribe to the site with the link at the top, and follow us on Twitter @SportBlogMurphy.

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