Pittsburgh Pirates Prospects: Henry Davis & Endy Rodriguez Big Hits, Quinn Priester Struggles

Feb 22, 2023; Bradenton, FL, USA;  Pittsburgh Pirates catcher Endy Rodriguez (25) poses for photos
Feb 22, 2023; Bradenton, FL, USA; Pittsburgh Pirates catcher Endy Rodriguez (25) poses for photos / Dave Nelson-USA TODAY Sports

Endy Rodriguez and Henry Davis both made an impact with their bats as they continue to push for a promotion to the Pittsburgh Pirates, while Quinn Priester struggled at Triple-A on Wednesday

On Wednesday, the top farm system of the Pittsburgh Pirates suffered a late inning loss. Allowing a pair of runs in the 9th inning led to a 9-7 loss for the Triple-A Indianapolis Indians against the Omaha Storm Chasers. With the loss, the Indians are now 28-30 on the season.

Both of the system's highly touted catching prospects had big offensive games for Indy. After catching in his Triple-A debut on Tuesday, Henry Davis started in right field on Wednesday. Daivs tripled for his first Triple-A hit, drew a walk, and drove in a run.

Endy Rodriguez started behind the dish and continued his recent hot streak going 2-for-5 with a double, a run scored, and a RBI. At this point, there is no reason for Davis or Rodriguez to remain in the minors. Both should be in the majors, and between catcher, right field, desiganted hitter, and first base, they both need to be in the lineup every day.

Outfielder Cal Mitchell also remained red hot for Indy. Mitchell was 2-for-5 with his 7th home run of the season, two runs scored, and three RBI. Miguel Andújar was 2-for-4 with a run scored and a RBI. Shortstop Alika Williams was 1-for-4.

In the Indian loss, Quinn Priester started on the mound. After mostly pitching well since the start of May, Priester struggled on Wednesday. The righty allowed 4 runs on eight hits, two walks, a home run, and four strikeouts in 5 innings pitched, throwing 51 of 87 pitches for strikes.

Priester now owns a 4.63 ERA in 56.1 innings pitched at Triple-A this season. With the Pirate starting rotation hit hard by the injury bug and in dire need of help with Roansy Contreras struggling, Priester would be the next man up. However, Priester does not appear to be anywhere near MLB ready. Largely due to issues with his fastball.

Lefty Daniel Zamora followed Priester and also struggled. While recording just two outs, Zamora allowed 3 runs on a hit, three walks, he hit a batter, and he struck a batter out. Tyler Chatwood pitched 1.1 scoreless innings and Ryan Borucki got the final out of the day for the Indian pitching staff.

In between Chatwood and Borucki, Cody Bolton toed the rubber. Bolton allowed 2 runs on a hit, two walks, a wild pitch, and two strikeouts in 1.2 innings pitched. The 2 runs Bolton allowed came in the top of the 9th inning and were the game's go ahead runs.

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