Pittsburgh Pirates: Eight Prospects Rank in FanGraphs Top 130

PITTSBURGH, PA - SEPTEMBER 18: Ke'Bryan Hayes #13 of the Pittsburgh Pirates in action during the game against the St. Louis Cardinals in game two of a doubleheader at PNC Park on September 18, 2020 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Joe Sargent/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA - SEPTEMBER 18: Ke'Bryan Hayes #13 of the Pittsburgh Pirates in action during the game against the St. Louis Cardinals in game two of a doubleheader at PNC Park on September 18, 2020 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Joe Sargent/Getty Images) /
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46th Ranked Prospect

Now, this is crazy to me, but this is the third consecutive article of mine in which Quinn Priester is discussed. Now I know I’m not crazy when I see his name on yet another top 100 list. This kid is the real deal, and as you heard from him in my interview, he has put in the hard work, and, honestly, I can’t wait to see him in action this year and watch him skyrocket into the rankings.

Don’t just take my word for it, though why don’t you take a look at 2019’s numbers. In rookie-ball, he managed a 3.03 ERA with a 2.96 xFIP all in 32.2 innings pitched. When you take his seven starts into account, he averages around 5.0 innings per start, which is a strong number for a rookie-ball player.

Also, throughout the offseason, there have been few prospects in baseball who have garnered more praise than Priester. Some scouts believe he could be the top pitching prospect in baseball by the end of the season, he was also named as a prospect who could be an impact player in the Majors by 2023. All of this came on the heels of Priester impressing in the instructional league earlier in the offseason.

Longenhagen had this to say about Priester:

"“Priester has come on more quickly than most Midwest prep arms thanks to his athleticism and plus makeup, lending greater confidence to a mid-rotation starter projection.”"

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