Cary-Grove graduate and Pirates pitching prospect Quinn Priester made Keith Law’s list of the Top 100 prospects for The Athletic this week.
Law listed Priester as No. 100 on his list of the top 100 up-and-coming ballplayers. Law noted that Priester “is everything you’d want to see in a teenaged pitching prospect.” He said Priester projects to be a mid-rotation starting pitcher, with potential to be a front-end starter if he adds a little more velocity and keeps improving his curveball.
Priester was the No. 18 overall selection by the Pittsburgh Pirates in the MLB First-Year Player Draft on June 3. Priester bypassed a college commitment to TCU, elected instead to turn pro and signed a contract with a signing bonus worth $3.4 million.
Law, who previously worked for ESPN, always has been high on Priester. He projected Priester to go 19th overall in February 2019 – and was almost spot on.
Priester spent his winter working out with White Sox director of conditioning Allen Thomas and some of the Chicago area’s top prospects at a gym on 35th Street in Bridgeport.
He finished the 2019 season pitching for the West Virginia Black Bears, the Pirates’ Class A Short Season affiliate.