Altoona Curve: Developing Control Takes Patience And Sometimes, Failure

For most prospects, it isn’t a question of whether or not they have the stuff to make the majors, but whether they can command it enough to pitch at the highest level.

Both Quinn Priester and Kyle Nicolas were high draft picks, so their talents have been long recognized by the Pirates, and around baseball in general. It’s been a matter of learning to control their stuff as they’ve moved up the ladder that continues to put them in position to be contributors at the major league level.

Priester has struggled to throw strikes at times in the minors, but has taken a very encouraging step forward this year, dropping his walk rate nearly three points to 6.7% (a shade under 10% last season). 

While with Nicolas, there has never been doubting his stuff, it’s just been a matter of being ab...



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These guys definitely need to learn about failure if they’re going to play for the Pirates one day.

Sorry, couldn’t resist. 🙂 This is a good article.

Last edited 20 days ago by clemo83

Nice reminder that all of the kids in the minors are at one development stage or another. Their job is to get better, ours is to have a bit of patience.


And then after they learn control, they need to learn command? More pitchers with great stuff fail because of failure to learn either or both?


Absolutely! Throwing an ill-placed strike to a big leaguer often leads to a hit.


I relate to what Priester’s talking about. Had knee surgery a couple weeks ago and going through physical therapy, you realize your body is always going to choose the path of least resistance/least pain, and you have to override that mechanic to reach your goal, whatever it is. And it SUCKS because it’s slower, harder and more painful, and failure is constant. But if you never encounter failure, you’ll never learn how to push through it.

Good stuff.


On an semi-unrelated matter has there been a Brenden Malone sighting anywhere


Priester’s baseball acumen is off the charts…


Makings of a great coach after his playing days

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