Pittsburgh Pirates Prospects: Strong Season Debuts From Anthony Solometo & Thomas Harrington
By Marty Leap
Thomas Harrington impressed in pro debut
One of the most overlooked and underrated members of the 2022 Pirate draft class was right-handed pitcher Thomas Harrington. Selected no. 36 overall out of Campbell University, Harrington was identified as a prospect who could climb the Pirate farm system in a hurry.
Friday night, he made his professional debut and was lights out. Harrington led the way for the Low-A Bradenton Marauders in a season opening 3-2 victory over the Clearwater Threshers with 5 scorless innings pitched.
Harrington allowed just four hits, did not walk a batter, and struck out seven in hsi 5 scoreless innings pitched. He threw 44 of his 63 pitches for strikes, recorded four ground ball outs, and a pair of fly ball outs.
Owen Kellington followed Harrington. Pitching professionally for the first time at a level higher than the complex league, the 106th overall pick in the 2021 class pitched 3 innings. Kellington allowed 2 runs, 1 earned, on two hits, a walk, and two strikeouts. He threws 30 of his 49 pitches for strikes, induced five ground ball outs, and did not have a single fly ball out. That gorund ball:fly ball ratio will certainly play.
2022 draft pick Julian Bosnic pitched hte 9th inning for Bradenton. Also making his professional debut, the lefty allowed a hit and walked a batter in a scoreless 9th inning. He also struck out the side in the inning to slam the door shut on the Threshers.
Third baseman Jack Brannigan had a strong game at the plate for the Marauders, going 2-for-3 with a walk and a run scored. Javier Rivas was 1-for-4, center fielder Tres Gonzalez was 1-for-3 with a walk, second baseman Jesus Castillo was 2-for-2 with a walk and a run scored, and Braylon Bishop was 0-for-3 with a walk.