Pittsburgh Pirates Prospects: Quinn Priester Shoves Again & More

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BRADENTON, FLORIDA – MARCH 16: Quinn Priester #61 of the Pittsburgh Pirates poses for a picture during the 2022 Photo Day at LECOM Park on March 16, 2022 in Bradenton, Florida. (Photo by Julio Aguilar/Getty Images) /

Quinn Priester turns in another strong start in latest outing for Double-A Altoona

Following a 3-2 victory over the Harrisburg Senators on Wednesday night the Double-A Altoona Curve are now 54-56 on the season. Leading the way for the Curve was highly touted pitching prospect Quinn Priester.

Priester pitched 7 innings for the Curve, allowing 2 runs on three hits, three walks, a home run and six strikeouts. Priester’s changeup looked as good as it has all season in the start, and the outing dropped his ERA to 2.50 in 50.1 innings pitched for the Curve this season. Priester continues to push for a late season promotion to Triple-A, and perhaps even a September start or two with the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Tahnaj Thomas followed Priester and continued his phenomenal work thus far this season. After striking a batter out in 2 scoreless innings pitched, Thomas owns a 3.19 ERA and 44 strikeouts in 42.1 innings pitched out of the Altoona bullpen this season. J.C. Flowers struck out a pair in a scoreless 9th inning, lowering his season ERA to 2.71.

Offensively, it was another first-round pick leading the way. 2020 first-round pick Nick Gonzales had his best game yet since returning from the injured list and re-joining the Altoona lineup last week.

The second baseman served as the team’s designated hitter, going 4-for-5 with three doubles, giving him 11 on the season, and a RBI. After Gonzales battled injuries this season and struggled pre-injury, it would be great to see him finish the season strong.

Shortstop Liover Peguero was 2-for-4 with a RBI, as was left fielder Andres Alvarez. Connor Scott, Blake Sabol and and Jared Triolo each had a hit as well.