The Pittsburgh Pirates added some serious prep pitching talent in the 2021 MLB Draft. How are those arms performing so far?
Everyone knows the hype around the Pittsburgh Pirates 2021 Draft class. The team added several top 50 draft prospects and signed all of them. However, they also added a couple much needed pitching prospects.
In the 2021 Draft, the Pittsburgh Pirates spent a significant portion of their Draft bonus pool on 3 prep arms. The top-rated pitcher the Bucs took was left-hander Anthony Solometo. They then drafted two-way prospect and former Clemson Quarterback commit Bubba Chandler. The final prep pitcher, Owen Kellington, was taken in the fourth round.
The Bucs spent over 6 million dollars of their Draft bonus pool on these three pitchers. Obviously, a large investment for this Front Office. All three signed for over-slot deals. The three pick slots they were drafted at were valued at about 3.5 million dollars. So the team spent well over their allotment to get the deals done.
All three pitchers have seen game action this year, albeit all in the lower minors. Of course, Chandler has also been getting some at-bats in games as well. So let us take a look at how these three intriguing prospects are performing in their first full seasons in the Organization: