Pittsburgh Pirates Prospects: Strong Season Debuts From Anthony Solometo & Thomas Harrington
By Marty Leap
Late inning pitching woes sink High-A Greensboro
The High-A Greensboro Grasshoppers kicked their season off on Friday night by traveling to Fishkill, New York, to battled the Hudson Valley Renegades. Thanks in large part to late inning pitching woes, teh Grasshoppers were defeated by the Renegades 8-1 to start their season 0-1.
Highly touted lefty Anthony Solometo started for the Grasshoppers and pitched well in his season debut. In 4 innings pitched he allowed a solo home run, a single, he walked a batter, and struck out five.
Few Pirate prospects, pitchers or position players, will be ore intriguing to watch in 2023 than Solometo. The young lefty has the tools and stuff needed to be a top of the rotation starting pitcher one day. Watching what Solometo can do against hitters who are older than him at High-A this season will be fun to watch.
Will Kobos followed Solometo, walking a pair while recording a strikeout in a scoreless, hitless innings pitched. Mitchell Miller was next up, but retired just one of the five batters he faced. Miller allowed a hit, walked three, and was charged with 2 runs.
Santiago Florez followed Miller and also struggled. Florez allowed 2 runs on a hit, two walks, and two strikeouts in 1.2 innings pitched. Things then went completely off the rails when Grant Ford allowed 3 runs on two hits, a hit batter, and a walk in the 8th inning.