The Pittsburgh Pirates will have two of their pitching prospects representing them in the MLB Futures Game during the All-Star break. Right-handers Quinn Priester and Roansy Contreras will both pitch for the National League team.
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Priester was the first round pick for the Pirates in 2019. Through nine starts this year, he has a 3.32 ERA and a 37:15 K/BB ratio in 38 innings. He’s given up three earned runs in 20 innings over his last four outings, with a 20:7 K/BB. Priester has top of the rotation stuff, and could be in the majors by 2023 from his current spot in High-A.
Contreras was one of the prospects who was acquired from the Yankees in the Jameson Taillon trade, and has been a huge surprise. In eight starts this year, he has a 2.00 ERA and a 64:9 K/BB ratio in 45 innings at the Double-A level. This comes after skipping over High-A.
There could be a debate between these two for the top pitching prospect in the system. Who would you pick? Leave your answers and happy “Why not both?” GIFs in the comments below.