Bradenton's offense explodes for 16 runs, Matt Gorski hits a home run for a second day in a row, and more in today's Pittsburgh Pirates minor league roundup
One of the most encouraging parts of Wednesday's Pittsburgh Pirates minor league action was the performance of Quinn Priester. Priester turned in a strong start for the Triple-A Indianapolis Indians to help the Indians defeat the St. Paul Saints 4-2, improving to 16-18 on the season.
Priester pitched 6 innings for the Indians and allowed just 2 runs. The young righty allowed six hits, walked a pair, was touched up for a home run, and struck out four. He threw 53 of his 91 pitches for strikes and induced a healthy 10 ground ball outs.
This was the second consecutive strong start for Priester. Organizations always want to see their young pitching prospects pitch well. For the Pirates that is especially true about Priester. Not only are there plenty of questions about his stuff, especially the fastball, translating to the majors, with their starting pitching depth hit hard by injuries Priester pitching well becomes even more important.
Lefty Angel Perdomo followed Priester with a walk and a strikeout in a scoreless 7th inning. Cody Bolton walked a batter in a scoreless 8th inning in his return to Triple-A Indy. Colin Selby then walked a batter and struck out three in a scoreless 9th to pick up a save.
Nick Gonzales was 2-for-5 with a run scored at the top of their lineup. Endy Rodriguez went 1-for-5 with a double, a run scored, and a RBI. Ryan Vilade was 1-for-4 with a pair of RBI, Cal Mitchell was 2-for-3 with a walk and a run scored, and Aaron Shackelford drove in a run.