The Pittsburgh Pirates announced after Thursday’s Spring Training game that they have reassigned right-handed pitcher Quinn Priester to minor league camp. The active spring roster now stands at 58 players.
Priester made two scoreless appearances this spring, throwing two shutout innings on one hit, one walk and one strikeout. He finished the 2022 season with Indianapolis, where he will be part of the rotation to start the 2023 season. We should see him in the majors this summer if all goes well. For now he will spend the rest of Spring Training at Pirate City building up his pitch count.
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We had better see more of Priester this spring, surely they’ll call him over from the minor league fields. Give him some MLB hitters to face. That experience is what he needs most.
Is Maggi still around?
Maggi leads the team in just about every offensive category you can think of. OPS, Avg, HRs, RBIs, etc.
Good to know. I am pulling for him. Not sure if that helps but just want him to get a few MLB at bats to be able to brag about the rest of his life.
Honest question; would you like to see that even if it meant dropping someone from the 40 and risk losing that someone through waivers? I’m not talking about guys like Vilade, those guys will be gone to make room for the backup catcher and perhaps backup SS.
I’d prefer he get called up at some point during the season when some one pulls a hammy or something. I’m sure it would be more exciting to break camp with the team but any time throughout the season would be cool. I couldn’t pick him out of a crowd but I remember them drafting him. Now he is 33 and never appeared in an MLB game.