Number 8 – LHP Anthony Solometo
The Pirates selected Anthony Solommeto as the first pick in the second round. Arguably a first-rounder, Solometo was ranked as the 17th best prospect in the draft by MLB Pipeline. His delivery and command make him one of the Pirates’ best pitching prospects.
Solometo’s known for his funky delivery, with it being a mix of Madison Bumgarner’s arm slot and Dontrell Willis’s wind-up. He has a high leg-kick and low-arm slot, which makes all of his offerings play up. Speaking of his offerings, let’s take a look at those.
His fastball is genuinely an elite offering. He throws the pitch with authority and command. He usually sits around the 90-92 MPH range but can reach back for more. He has hit 94-96 MPH before. His primary off-speed pitch is a changeup. The southpaw also has two versions of his breaking ball: a slider and a slurve. This is a good video if you want to see all of his offerings in action:
Solometo’s delivery is very deceptive, but he also has elite command. He was considered the second-best command pitcher in the draft behind Gunnar Hoglund. This, plus four great offerings, gives him the ace-potential you like to see from your early picks in the draft.
He’s still a young arm. Solomon is only 19-years-old, but by the time he reaches the majors, he may be hitting closer to 92-94 MPH and topping out around 96-97 MPH. He’s a highly talented pitcher who might approach top 100 status at the end of this season.