Prospect Roundtable: Who was the best Pirates prospect in Altoona this year?

The Altoona Curve have had a loaded prospect roster throughout the 2022 season.

The Pirates' Double-A affiliate has seen most of the top prospects in the system playing at the level. That currently includes 2019 first round pick Quinn Priester, 2020 first rounder Nick Gonzales, and 2021 first rounder Henry Davis on the IL. The Altoona roster this year has also included right-handed starter Mike Burrows and catcher Endy Rodriguez.

With so many of the best prospects in the system, asking which prospect in Altoona was the best is like asking about the number one prospect in the system. If Termarr Johnson were on this team, that's exactly what this question would be.

Today, we look at who was the best prospect in Altoona this year.
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Quinn Priester is currently one of two pitchers in FanGraphs’ Top 100 with a K-rate under 25%.

The other is Matthew Liberatore.

Coincidentally or not, both are pitchers with questionable fastball shape and big-breaking curveballs as their signature secondaries.

Liberatore cruised through A-ball allowing just two homers across more than 100 innings.

He’s now given up 33 across two AAA seasons and gave up five in six starts in the show.

The fact that Priester now relies heavily on a two-seamer over his original 4-seamer speaks to the fact that the club very much agreed with analysts about the poor shape of the latter, and are smart to do so.


I’m with Anthony and Tim.


We had this conversation 3 days ago, and I will repeat part of my comment then – that I thought Endy Rodriguez “is probably MLB ready right now”. His move to AA was overdue because we were waiting on Davis to heal, but he has not allowed that delay to bother him one bit. The way he has come out of the gate at AA, he is seeing and hitting the baseball unusually well.

His stats tell the whole story. SSS at AA (45 AB), but from A+ to AA his BA has increased from 302 to 356, OBP from 392 to 453, SLG from 544 to 711, and OPS from 936 to 1.164.
Other worldly numbers for a Pirate prospect, IMHO.

He has obvious physical skills, but what we could not gauge is the “we believe in you” aspect of player development. It seems to have been positive in his case. Wonder how far the Pirates can push that?


Nice to see that the panel split among 3 players and no one picked Burrows who dominated at AA. Nice problem to have 4 guys that all look like the real deal.


I watch a Marauders’ game early last year and watch Endy for the first time and I was sold, he had a good offensive game that included a homer from the left side, but it was his catching that impress me the most. Anyway, I think that Cruz and Davis power is gonna be the deciding factor in the Pirates having a good team, but Endy might well be the team MVP if the good years ever return.


I agree with Sabol in that Rodriguez = el jugador favorito!


Stuff to dream on. Let’s get them all to the Burg in the next year and a half, eh?


I’d add ‘and be successful’. We’ve gotten lots of our top prospects to Pgh and they have failed.



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