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Thursday, December 8, 2022

AFL Recap: Rough Inning Downs Quinn Priester

The Surprise Saguaros lost their second game in a row on Friday. They played at Chase Field (home of the Arizona Diamondbacks) on Saturday as part of an Arizona Fall League tripleheader. No Pittsburgh Pirates hitters were in the lineup, but this game was started by Quinn Priester, and reliever Colin Selby also saw work. Here’s a recap of the game.

Priester faced four batters in the first, with one man reaching via error. He topped out at 95.5 MPH on two pitches in that frame. He ran into a lot of trouble in the second inning. Two singles and a walk, surrounding a strikeout, loaded the bases with one out. Another strikeout nearly got him out of the frame, but then he allowed back-to-back doubles, resulting in four earned runs. He threw 30 pitches that inning and topped out at 96.7 MPH. In the third inning, Priester needed just ten pitches to retire the side in order. He mixed in four types of pitches that inning. In the fourth, he got three ground outs on nine pitches. Once again, he threw four different pitches.

Priester allowed a single to start the fifth, but the runner got thrown out trying to stretch it to a double. The next batter struck out, then he gave up a double, before getting the final out of his day. He threw 12 pitches in the inning, topping out at 94.6 MPH, while mixing in four pitches. He finished with four runs on six hits, one walk and four strikeouts. In three starts, he has allowed eight earned runs in 13 innings.

Selby tossed a scoreless inning on 20 pitches, with 11 strikes thrown. He allowed a single and walked a batter, while picking up two strikeouts. In four appearances, he has allowed two runs in four innings, while striking out five batters. He threw 12 fastballs that ranged from 96.4 MPH to 99.0 MPH.

Surprise lost 4-1 in a seven-inning game.

Here’s the boxscore

Surprise is off on Sunday. They have a late game on Monday.

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When he didn't make it as a lefty pitcher with an 80+ MPH fastball and a slider that needed work, John turned to covering the game, eventually focusing in on the prospects side, where his interest was pushed by the big league team being below .500 for so long. John has covered the minors in some form since the 2002 season, and leads the draft and international coverage on Pirates Prospects. He writes daily on Pittsburgh Baseball History, when he's not covering the entire system daily throughout the entire year on Pirates Prospects.

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emjayinTN

And butting heads with LHSP Joey Wentz was not going to be easy for Priester either. Wentz had at least 10 Starts at AAA and a few games in MLB, iirc, so Detroit must have him in the AFL to get those innings up. He allowed one hit maybe?

The Salt River Lineup of Top Prospects at the top of the order is starting to come alive. Priester did well and the competition in the AFL will ready him for a possible debut in MLB the 2nd half of 2023.

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