Jonathan Mayo from MLB Pipeline provided a summary of the Fall Instructional League roster of the Pittsburgh Pirates. With help from Brian Selman, the Pirates assistant director of Minor League operations, Mayo has specific information on Quinn Priester, Braxton Ashcraft and Matt Gorski, who have all looked good during instructs, which wraps up later this month. Mayo also has some group thoughts on the young international catching group, the infielders and outfielders over from the DSL, as well as players like Jared Triolo, Jase Bowen and the group of infielders who were in Altoona.
The report on Gorski was very encouraging, noting that he has cut down on his swing-and-miss and he has a better approach at the plate. That was the big concern with last year’s second round pick, who received a $1,000,000 signing bonus.
Quinn Priester hit 99 MPH in a three-inning start according to the reports, with a fastball that averaged 97 MPH in the game. We heard earlier this year in Altoona that Priester hit 99 MPH, but the report on the average fastball velocity is very encouraging.
Ashcraft (pictured above) gets particularly high marks for his improvements, including his fastball command.
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