INDIANAPOLIS – Today, the Pittsburgh Pirates announced catcher Endy Rodriguez and right-handed
pitcher Quinn Priester as their Young Bucs Honus Wagner Player of the Year and Bob Friend Pitcher of
the Year. They are two of four players from Indy’s 2022 roster selected as award winners, joined by
outfielder and Fishers, Ind. native Matt Gorski (Willie Stargell Slugger of the Year) and right-handed
pitcher Luis Ortiz (Manny Sanguillen Teammate of the Year).
Rodriguez, 22, led all Pirates farmhands with a .323 average, .407 on-base percentage, .590 slugging
percentage, .997 OPS, 148 hits, 92 runs, 39 doubles, 95 RBI, 68 extra-base hits and 270 total bases in
125 total games between High-A Greensboro (88), Double-A Altoona (31) and Indianapolis (6) this
season. In those categories, he finished among Minor League leaders in OPS (5th), doubles (T-6th),
slugging percentage (8th), extra-base hits (T-8th) and total bases (T-9th).
He made his Triple-A debut at Victory Field on Sept. 20 and hit safely in five of six games while tallying
seven RBI over his first three contests. Thanks to four multi-hit performances, Rodriguez recorded a .455
average (10-for-22), four extra-base hits and eight RBI. In his final game of the season on Sept. 28 at
Columbus, he launched his first Triple-A home run.
Rodriguez, a native of Santiago, Dominican Republic, was originally signed by New York (NL) as a non-
drafted free agent in 2018. He was traded to the Pirates from the Mets in a three-team, seven-player deal
that saw left-handed pitcher Joey Lucchesi go from San Diego to New York (NL), right-handed pitcher
Joe Musgrove go from Pittsburgh to San Diego, and right-handed pitchers David Bednar and Drake
Fellows, left-handed pitcher Omar Cruz and outfielder Hudson Head go from San Diego to Pittsburgh.
Priester, 22, spent the majority of the season with Altoona before making his Triple-A debut on Sept. 21,
when he earned the win over St. Paul with 5.0 two-hit innings and six strikeouts. In 19 total starts between
Single-A Bradenton (1), Greensboro (1), Altoona (15) and Indy (2), he went 5-5 with a 3.29 ERA
(33er/90.1ip) and 89 strikeouts. Since June 9, when his season officially began following an oblique
injury, he led all qualifying Pirates farmhands in ERA, strikeouts, games started, innings pitched and
average against (.234), and trailed Ortiz for the second-best WHIP (1.21).
The Glendale Heights,…