The Pittsburgh Pirates selected Anthony Solometo in the second round of the draft in 2021. Although Solometo was selected outside the first round, many mock drafts projected him as a first-round pick. MLB Pipeline's Jonathan Mayo had him going 27th overall to the San Diego Padres; however, both Mayo and Jim Callis mentioned him as a potential target for the Toronto Blue Jays with the 19th pick. But Solometo fell because of signability, and the Pirates landed him on an over-slot deal.
While the talented southpaw has yet to play a full season, his first showing as a professional ball player couldn't have gone better. It was a small sample size of 47.2 innings, but Solometo worked to a 2.64 ERA, 2.83 FIP, and 1.05 WHIP. He also had a ground ball rate above 50% at 50.9% and didn't allow a single home run. Solometo struck out 27.1% of opponents faced, and the only downside was his 10.1% walk rate.
Solometo isn't a flamethrower, averaging out in the lower-90s, but all of his stuff plays up for two reasons. Solometo locates his stuff very well. He has pin-point command and hits his spots very often. Not only can he locate it well, but he does it with an extremely unconventional wind-up and delivery. It's a mix between Madison Bumgarner with Dontrell Willis' arm slot, adding a ton of deception. He also throws a nasty slider with a decent change-up.
It's not that bold to say that Solometo could be a top-100 prospect by the end of the 2023 season. Give him a full year to show what he can do, and he'll be among the best minor league prospects. Solometo has a ton going for him next season. He could end up as one of, if not the Pirates' best pitching prospect by the end of the year.