Updated: Jul 2, 2021
“Building for the future” is a term that Pirates fans are all too familiar with. Since the takeover of GM Ben Cherington from Neal Huntington, Pittsburgh has, again, started a rebuild from their string of competitive seasons from 2013-2015.
Now with the eighth ranked farm system, according to MLB.com prior to the start of the 2021 season, both the Pirates and the club’s fans have been able to pinpoint some of the players that can help the team compete in the not too distant future.
Two of the main arms in the Pirates’ system, Quinn Priester and Roansy Contreras, are set to showcase their talents at Coors Field on July 11 in the All-Star Futures Game.
Priester has recorded a 3-3 record and a 3.32 ERA in High-A ball this season with the Greensboro Grasshoppers. Additionally, the 20-year-old has registered 37 strikeouts in an even 38 innings pitched.
After starting his season off with a 2-3 record, Priester has not been tagged with a loss since his start on June 1. Since that affair, he has tallied one win and three no decisions while giving up just three total runs in those four starts.
Contreras, 21, has posted a record of 3-1 through eight games at the Double-A level with the Altoona Curve. His ERA sits at an even 2.00 and he has accumulated 64 strikeouts in 45 innings of work.
In terms of the organization’s entire farm system, Priester occupies the No. 2 prospect spot behind only 2B Nick Gonzales, according to MLB.com. Contreras is significantly further down the list in the 20th position.