The Pirates Prospects Player of the Year award went to a position player, Endy Rodriguez. As such, Endy Rodriguez is also our Minor League Hitter of the Year. The hitting was much stronger than the pitching in the system this year, though there were some pitching standouts. The biggest among them was Quinn Priester, who is the Pirates Prospects Minor League Pitcher of the Year.
Priester missed the first two months of the season with an oblique injury, but made the most of his time upon his return. In his Double-A debut, Priester put up a 2.87 ERA in 75.1 innings, with 75 strikeouts and 22 walks. He moved up to Indianapolis for two starts at the end of the year, and is making up for lost innings in the Arizona Fall League.
Priester faced competition from Nick Garcia (3.66 ERA, 113 IP, High-A), Anthony Solometo (2.64 ERA, 47.2 IP, Single-A), and teammate Kyle Nicolas (3.97, 90.2 IP, Double-A). The 2019 first rounder finished the year a step away from Pittsburgh, and should be in line to make the majors at some point in 2023.
2022 Minor League Pitcher of the Year Voting
- Quinn Priester, RHP
2. Nick Garcia, RHP
3. Anthony Solometo, LHP
THIS WEEK ON PIRATES PROSPECTS
Tim started Pirates Prospects in 2009 from his home in Virginia, which was 40 minutes from where Pedro Alvarez made his pro debut in Lynchburg. That year, the Lynchburg Hillcats won the Carolina League championship, and Pirates Prospects was born from Tim's reporting along the way. The site has grown over the years to include many more writers, and Tim has gone on to become a credentialed MLB reporter, producing Pirates Prospects each year, and will publish his 11th Prospect Guide this offseason. He has also served as the Pittsburgh Pirates correspondent for Baseball America since 2019. Behind the scenes, Tim is an avid music lover, and most of the money he gets paid to run this site goes to vinyl records.