3 prospects the Pirates should trade if they are buyers at deadline

The Pirates should be willing to move these prospects to acquire major league talent at the deadline.
Florida pitcher Hunter Barco (12) fields a bunt and throws to first to record an out against Mississippi State during the SEC Tournament Tuesday, May 26, 2021, in the Hoover Met in Hoover, Alabama. [Staff Photo/Gary Cosby Jr.]

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Florida pitcher Hunter Barco (12) fields a bunt and throws to first to record an out against Mississippi State during the SEC Tournament Tuesday, May 26, 2021, in the Hoover Met in Hoover, Alabama. [Staff Photo/Gary Cosby Jr.] Sec Tournament Florida Vs Mississippi State / Gary Cosby Jr. via Imagn Content
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The Pittsburgh Pirates have a very good chance of being buyers at the trade deadline. If they make even just a little noise in July, they’ll be in a position to at least add for this year and next year. Right now, their pitching is excellent -- at least, in their rotation. They could definitely use another reliever, but the offense, especially outfield, remains the biggest concern.

A few weeks ago, we went over some prospects the Pirates should try and hold onto if they go after anyone on the trade market. In this follow-up, we’re going to look at three prospects the Pirates should be willing to move to improve the roster now, whether they serve as a headliner in a trade, or a part of a larger package. While the Pirates shouldn't have nearly anyone marked as untouchable, aside from Termarr Johnson and maybe Bubba Chandler, the Pirates should be willing to move these prospects more than anyone else.

Prospects the Pirates should be willing to sell on at MLB Trade Deadline

Anthony Solometo

Anthony Solometo entered the season as one of the Pirates’ best pitching prospects. While he hasn’t been able to replicate his quality 2023 season at Altoona, he’s still a talented left-hander with very good command. While his season hasn’t gone as planned, the Pirates should try to move Solometo while the value is still up.

Solometo has pitched 33 innings on the year with a 6.27 ERA, 6.64 FIP, and 1.61 WHIP. His command has been way off, as he’s dished out a walk to 14% of total batters faced. His strikeouts are also down to just 16%. The only positive is that his 1.64 HR/9 is likely to regress to a more manageable state. Solometo’s ground ball rate is well above 50% at 56%, and his fly ball rate is only 27%. While a 22.2% HR/FB ratio indicates better fly ball luck in his near future, it doesn’t take away from the poor walk rate and even worse strikeout rate.

That all sounds pretty ugly, so why would any team be interested in Solometo? Well, first, he’s still really young. Solometo doesn’t turn 22 until December. He is currently the 10th-youngest pitcher at Double-A with at least 10 starts. Solometo doesn’t throw hard, sitting 91-94, but he’s displayed extremely good command in prior seasons. His slider and changeup are also solid offerings, and his funky arm slot gives everything a level of deception.

Anthony Solometo isn’t at peak value, but teams care about upside, and he still has a lot of it. The Pirates have more than enough pitching that they could part with Solometo and still have a pitching-rich farm system. Also, maybe the Pirates should think about moving Solometo before his stock drops too dramatically.