Quinn Priester

Quinn Priester

24-Year-Old PitcherSP
Pittsburgh Pirates
2024 Fantasy Outlook
Priester had strong results throughout his climb through the Pirates' minor-league system, primarily based on his slider and curveball. That came to a crashing halt upon his promotion to the majors in mid-July of 2023, with the end result being a 7.74 ERA and 1.70 WHIP across 50 innings. He curiously threw his curveball only 13 percent of the time. While he relied more heavily on his slider (23 percent), the results were a mixed bag as it was hit hard (.659) but did generate whiffs. The real opportunity for a step forward comes from his fastball, which has been a red flag in his profile for those who rely more heavily on data for prospect evaluation. Those concerns came to fruition in Pittsburgh, as his four-seamer was tagged for a .818 slugging percentage by opposing hitters. During the offseason, teammate Henry Davis disclosed that Priester revamped his mechanics to regain velocity that he lost in 2023. In order for Priester to get anywhere near reaching the potential his prospect pedigree implies, he'll need the pitch to be more effective, giving him the ability to play his more advanced offspeed and breaking stuff off the heater. Spring training should give us a hint of whether the offseason changes were effective, which will also dictate potential interest once draft season heats up. Read Past Outlooks
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#368
ADP
$Signed a one-year contract with the Pirates in March of 2024.
Follows Keller for win
PPittsburgh Pirates
July 15, 2024
Priester (2-5) allowed one earned run on three hits across two innings to earn the win Sunday against the White Sox.
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Priester entered the game in the fourth inning after Mitch Keller struggled through his start. He wasn't dominant in the outing but did induce four groundball outs to earn his second win of the season. He's also pitched well in two outings since returning from the injured list, allowing three earned runs across eight innings with an 8:2 K:BB. Priester is still an option for the rotation out of the All-Star break with both Jared Jones (lat) and Bailey Falter (triceps) sidelined.
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Pitching Appearances Breakdown
Average Pitch Count
73
Last 10 Games
73
Last 5 Games
63
How many pitches does Quinn Priester generally throw?
 
1-10
 
11-20
 
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111-120
 
121+
 
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11-20
 
21-30
 
31-40
 
41-50
 
51-60
 
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121+
 
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111-120
 
121+
What part of the game does Quinn Priester generally pitch?
 
 
 
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Extra
% Games Reaching Innings Threshold
% Games By Number of Innings Pitched
Left/Right Pitching Splits
Since 2022
 
 
-23%
BAA vs RHP
2024
 
 
-20%
BAA vs RHP
2023
 
 
-25%
BAA vs RHP
2022
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BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2022vs Left .324 202 21 25 56 11 0 12
Since 2022vs Right .250 213 44 14 49 12 0 7
2024vs Left .312 87 7 10 24 2 0 4
2024vs Right .250 94 22 2 23 4 0 3
2023vs Left .333 115 14 15 32 9 0 8
2023vs Right .250 119 22 12 26 8 0 4
2022vs Left 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2022vs Right 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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Home/Away Pitching Splits
Since 2022
 
 
-39%
ERA on Road
2024
 
 
-39%
ERA on Road
2023
 
 
-29%
ERA on Road
2022
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ERA WHIP IP W L SV K/9 BB/9 HR/9
Since 2022Home 8.29 1.87 33.2 2 4 0 6.4 3.7 2.4
Since 2022Away 5.05 1.42 57.0 3 4 0 6.5 3.9 1.6
2024Home 6.30 1.70 10.0 0 2 0 3.6 2.7 3.6
2024Away 3.82 1.37 30.2 2 3 0 7.3 2.6 0.9
2023Home 9.13 1.94 23.2 2 2 0 7.6 4.2 1.9
2023Away 6.49 1.48 26.1 1 1 0 5.5 5.5 2.4
2022Home 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2022Away 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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Stat Review
How does Quinn Priester compare to other starting pitchers?
This section compares his stats with all starting pitcher seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 120 innings)*. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that stat and it would be considered average.

* Exit Velocity, Barrels/BBE %, Balls Hit 95+ MPH %, and Spin Rate are benchmarked against 2019 data (min 120 IP). See here for more exit velocity/barrels stats plus an explanation of current limitations with that data set.
  • K/BB
    Strikeout to walk ratio.
  • K/9
    Average strikeouts per nine innings.
  • BB/9
    Average walks per nine innings.
  • HR/9
    Average home runs allowed per nine innings.
  • Fastball
    Average fastball velocity.
  • ERA
    Earned run average. The average earned runs allowed per nine innings.
  • WHIP
    Walks plus hits per inning pitched.
  • BABIP
    Batting average on balls in play. Measures how many balls in play against a pitcher go for hits.
  • GB/FB
    Groundball to flyball ratio. The higher the number, the more likely a pitcher is to induce groundballs.
  • Left On Base
    The percentage of base runners that a pitcher strands on base over the course of a season.
  • Exit Velocity
    The speed of the baseball as it comes off the bat, immediately after a batter makes contact.
  • Barrels/BBE
    The percentage of batted ball events resulting in a Barrel. A Barrel is a batted ball with similar exit velocity and launch angle to past ones that led to a minimum .500 batting average and 1.500 slugging percentage.
  • Spin Rate
    Spin Rate is the rate of spin on a baseball after it is released. It is measured in revolutions per minute (rpm).
  • Balls Hit 95+ MPH
    The percentage of batted balls hit that met or exceeded the 95 MPH threshold.
  • Swinging Strike
    The percentage of pitches that result in a swing and a miss.
K/BB
2.42
 
K/9
6.4
 
BB/9
2.7
 
HR/9
1.5
 
Fastball
93.1 mph
 
ERA
4.43
 
WHIP
1.45
 
BABIP
.318
 
GB/FB
3.15
 
Left On Base
71.1%
 
Exit Velocity
84.4 mph
 
Barrels/BBE
3.1%
 
Spin Rate
2172 rpm
 
Balls Hit 95+ MPH
34.7%
 
Swinging Strike
11.6%
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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Priester advanced to the upper levels of the Pirates system in 2022, though an oblique injury cost him two months worth of starts. When he was on the field, Priester largely lived up to expectations, as he maintained a 2.87 ERA and 1.20 WHIP across 81 innings with Double-A Altoona, which led to a promotion to Triple-A Indianapolis in the waning weeks of the season. One potential reason for concern was a dip in strikeout rate - a potentially concerning sign for his fantasy value once he reaches the major leagues and something to monitor to begin 2023. Despite the slight step back in that regard, Priester looks like a strong candidate to fill a mid-rotation role for several seasons, and he could get at least a short look in Pittsburgh in 2023 after he built up his innings total with 23 supplementary frames in the Arizona Fall League.
When the Pirates selected Priester with the No. 18 overall pick in 2019, they saw a projectable 6-foot-3 prep righty whose low-90s fastball could tick up in pro ball. He was a late arrival to the alternate site this past summer, but he was the club's most impressive pitching prospect once he arrived and averaged 97 mph with his fastball (touched 99) during the fall instructional league. The 20-year-old righty also boasts a plus low-80s curveball and is an advanced strike thrower. He is still working on his changeup, but that pitch has steadily improved in pro ball. If he can hold this newfound velocity over longer outings and over a full season, Priester should continue to climb prospect rankings. He could move pretty quickly, relative to the typical high school pitcher, and it's possible he debuts in 2022 if everything goes smoothly.
One of the top prep pitchers in the 2019 draft, Priester was seen as extremely projectable in all the obvious ways (athletic, 6-foot-3, 195 pounds) but also because he came from a cold-weather state (Illinois) and had not received high-caliber instruction. From a player-development standpoint, he was a high-upside ball of clay that was ready to be molded. He has a plus mid-90s fastball and a picturesque, albeit methodical, delivery. Priester has a second plus pitch in his curveball and he is gaining more feel for an average changeup. He had success right away in the Gulf Coast League and then walked four batters in four innings in his lone start in the New York-Penn League. Still, the expectation is that he will end up with at least average command. He could become a No. 2 or No. 3 starter if he develops as expected.
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Earns win in return
PPittsburgh Pirates
July 9, 2024
Priester (1-5) allowed two runs (one earned) on four hits and two walks while striking out eight over six innings to earn the win over the Brewers on Tuesday.
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Activated from IL
PPittsburgh Pirates
July 9, 2024
The Pirates activated Priester (lat) from the 15-day injured list Tuesday.
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Building workload
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Lat
July 5, 2024
Priester (lat) completed five innings while allowing one run on three hits and no walks with six strikeouts in a rehab outing with Triple-A Indianapolis on Tuesday.
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Beginning rehab assignment
PPittsburgh Pirates
Lat
June 26, 2024
Priester (lat) will begin a rehab assignment with Triple-A Indianapolis on Wednesday, Alex Stumpf of MLB.com reports.
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Throws second bullpen
PPittsburgh Pirates
Lat
June 18, 2024
Priester (lat) completed a bullpen session Tuesday and could face live hitters next, Andrew Destin of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.
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Chance to join rotation
PPittsburgh Pirates
May 28, 2024
According to Alex Stumpf of MLB.com, Priester would be a "logical choice" to be called up and take the rotation spot of Martin Perez, who was placed on the injured list Tuesday with a groin issue.
ANALYSIS
Priester was optioned to Triple-A Indianapolis in mid-May after a five-start run with the Pirates, during which he posted a 4.33 ERA, 1.52 WHIP and 17:10 K:BB across 27 innings. The 24-year-old has also enjoyed a strong campaign for Indianapolis with a 3.28 ERA and 29:7 K:BB in five starts. Priester last started at Triple-A on Sunday, so he would easily slot into Pittsburgh's rotation.
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