The Pittsburgh Pirates took advantage of having the largest bonus pool for the 2021 Draft. They drafted Henry Davis with the first overall selection and saved a large chunk of money in terms of their bonus allotment. This allowed them to be more aggressive in Drafting other high-upside, but large bonus demand prospects.
The Bucs used their next selection at #37 overall on left-handed pitcher Anthony Solometo. Solometo was considered to be one of the top prep arms in the Draft. He was actually ranked as MLB Pipeline's 17th-best prospect in the Draft overall. So for the Bucs to get him at #37 was great. The team had to give him nearly an extra million dollars on top of the slot amount for the #37 overall selection.
So far it looks like this strategy could pay off. Anthony Solometo has been nothing short of impressive since joining the Pittsburgh Pirates Organization. The 6'5'' lefty has a career earned run average of 2.45 in the minors. He has made 20 starts and a total of 25 appearances, throwing 106.1 innings while punching out 119.
This year has been especially impressive for the New Jersey native. Solometo has made 12 starts for High-A Greensboro. Across his 58 innings of work, Solometo owns a 2.30 earned run average and has struck out 68 hitters.
The Pittsburgh Pirates are promoting both Anthony Solometo and Kyle Nicolas to new levels in the Minors.
Pure dominance from the 20-year-old. Now he will be rewarded as the Pittsburgh Pirates are promoting him to Double-A Altoona. While this is an aggressive promotion, Solometo has the numbers to back it up. Jon Dreker of Pirates Prospects broke the news late last night:
Of course when there is a promotion that means there has to be a corresponding roster move. Kyle Nicolas is that move and it is good news for him as he is getting promoted to Triple-A. The right-handed pitcher was acquired from the Marlins in the Jacob Stallings trade. He made 12 starts for the Curve, posting an earned run average of 4.36. Although, he did post a 3.86 earned run average in the month of May.