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Priester: "I Am Fired Up, I Want To Get To Pittsburgh Real Bad And Come See The City"

Pirates 2019 1st Round Pick Quinn Priester joins Dan and Jack on Pirates Preview to discuss the draft day experience and introduce himself to Pirates fans

June 04, 2019 - 8:18 pm

PITTSBURGH (93.7 The Fan) - With the 18th pick in the 1st round of the 2019 MLB Draft Monday night, the Pittsburgh Pirates selected RHP Quinn Priester from Cary-Grove High School in Illinois. He was the 19th rated prospect, according to MLB Pipeline, in this year's draft and was 8-2 with a 1.00 ERA during his senior season in high school.

Priester joined Dan and Jack on the NASCO Roofing Pirates Preview Show Tuesday before the Pirates opened their series against the Atlanta Braves to discuss the emotions of going through the MLB Draft Day experience and to introduce himself to Pirates fans.

"It's kind of mind blowing to me, but I'm extremely excited," said Priester. "All of the emotions that were running high last night and this morning are still kind of running high, the excitement is just through the roof right now and we're just really, really excited as a family to be given this opportunity with such a great team like Pittsburgh."

Priester was a two-sport athlete in high school and we learn why he continued to play football even when he decided that baseball would be what he wanted to try and make a career out of and how playing football actually helped his baseball career.

"First and foremost I just love the sport of football, I loved playing and have been playing football ever since I could remember and I knew going in that there were risks of playing football obviously," said Priester. "I think its just been so big for me from a baseball side to, just staying athletic and also giving my arm a break so my arm is always fresh when the season rolls around in the spring."

Priester lets us know what his pitch mix is and how he likes to be aggressive on the mound. He also discusses what pitches he is working on that will help him become a solid pitcher in the major leagues.

"I throw a 4-seam fastball in the mid-90's that I have command of and can locate in and out, up and down on the plate and I also throw a 2-seam fastball that sinks hard into righties, away from lefties and I like to throw that to get swings and misses, to get weak contact or get batters to just pound it into the ground," said Priester. "My best pitch is probably my curveball which I throw about 80 miles an hour, 12-6 movement, it's a big swing and miss pitch and I can throw that any count... I'm still developing my changup and getting more confidence in my changeup, I feel like I have a really solid foundation, but just need to work on just becoming more consistent in the zone with that pitch and more consistently confident and throw it more."

What does Quinn Priester like to do off the baseball diamond? Well, he likes the same things most kids his age like and that is listening to music, playing video games with friends, but he also loves to fly and his family is big into aviation.

Well since Quinn is big into flying, Pirates fans probably want to see him fly through the system and arrive in Pittsburgh in a relatively quick fashion.

"I'd love to fly through it (the organization) as well," said Priester.

Dan and Jack also discuss with Quinn what the scouting process was like, also about how he never really had a dedicated pitching coach as he grew up and how playing multiple sports helped become a better baseball player.

Listen to Quinn Priester's entire conversation with Dan and Jack on the Preview Show below: