Pittsburgh Pirates: Checking in on the 2021 Prep Pitchers
The best left-handed prep pitcher in the 2021 Draft was New Jersey native Anthony Solometo. Like the other two prep arms, Solometo did not officially pitch in the Pittsburgh Pirates Organization in 2021. So 2022 would be his debut.
So far things have looked really good from the left-handed pitcher. The Bucs placed Solometo at Low-A Bradenton toward the end of May. Like Kellington, Solometo would spend some time on the Injured List with tightness in his lat.
Overall Solometo has thrown 29.1 innings. In those innings, he has an ERA of 3.68, which is great to see. He also has shown swing and miss stuff striking out 31 batters. What makes this even more impressive is that Solometo is nearly 3 years younger than the average age of other pitchers at that level.
Obviously, the strikeout numbers are not as impressive as the other pitchers. Solometo does not have the power fastball that Chandler has at this point. Chandler has a fastball that hits above 95 miles per hour consistently. Solometo is working lower than that. The good news is he can continue to develop his repertoire as he has plenty of time to develop. it will be interesting to see if Solometo gets a bump to High-A by the end of the 2022 season or not.