Baseball

Cary-Grove's Priester named Gatorade Illinois Baseball Player of the Year

Cary-Grove starting pitcher Quinn Priester throws a pitch to a Prairie Ridge batter during their baseball game last week.
Cary-Grove starting pitcher Quinn Priester throws a pitch to a Prairie Ridge batter during their baseball game last week.

Cary-Grove senior Quinn Priester added another honor to his lengthy list of accomplishments when he was named the Gatorade Illinois Baseball Player of the Year on Thursday.

Priester, a 6-foot-3, 205-pound right-handed pitcher and designated hitter, has helped the Trojans to a 21-13 record and fired a two-hitter Wednesday in a 2-0 victory over Crystal Lake Central in the Class 4A Grant Regional.

Priester is expected to be picked in the first two rounds of the MLB First-Year Player Draft on June 3. He also is signed to play at NCAA power TCU.

The Gatorade award recognizes athletic excellence, along with high standards of academic achievement and for demonstrating exemplary character off the field. Priester also is now a finalist for the Gatorade National Baseball Player of the Year.

Priester is 7-2 with a 1.04 ERA and a WHIP of 0.76. He has thrown 532/3 innings and struck out 80 batters, walked 12 and allowed 29 hits. He also is one of C-G’s leading hitters at .308, with one home run and 20 RBIs.

Priester also was a two-way starter for the Trojans’ football team, at wide receiver and defensive back. C-G won the Class 6A state championship with a 14-0 record.

“Quinn Priester is the best player I’ve seen in the Fox Valley Conference over the last 20 years,” Huntley coach Andy Jakubowski said. “The thing that makes him special is not only his velocity (about 94 mph), but his command of all his pitches.

“There are 20 to 30 scouts out there to see him every fifth day, and he blocks them out and performs every time.”

Priester has a 3.73 GPA and has volunteered with a local food pantry, youth baseball programs and an elementary reading initiative.

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