Anthony Solometo: High Changeup Usage Highlights Debut

The Pittsburgh Pirates invested heavily into high-upside prep players early in the 2021 draft, one of which was Anthony Solometo. After none of them started the year in full-season ball, Solometo was the first to get the call, making his debut this past Friday.

Delivery
The first thing that stands out with Solometo is the delivery, and it’s something that has been broken down extensively on this site. There were concerns about whether he’d be able to repeat his delivery at the next level enough to have consistent control at the professional level.
Aside from the four-pitch walk, which just as easily been nerves than any control issues, Solometo did just fine with his command. The lefty threw 60% of his pitches for strikes and walked two in three innings.
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AdministrativeSky236

This kid is going to be good. Adding a few mph to the FB with his deception and movement will make him a real problem. If he is a sign of what’s to come from these hs kids, we will have a real talent emerging in the lower minors this season

jaygray007

glad the changeup seems to be a big thing theyre forcing. I know that the lack of the changeup was the main ding against him in the draft reports. His FB and Slider both had plus grades, and fangraphs didnt even bother grading a third pitch for him.

if he can somehow manage a 45 changeup, it probably puts him into top 100s sooner or later

Last edited 3 months ago by jaygray007
NMR

There’s a shit-ton of prospects out there with two plus pitches and a fringey third…

jaygray007

figure the good command grades could be a separator, but who knows what the command will do over the next few years.

ArkyWags

But not nearly as many who have a sweet funky delivery like Tony Sol…

roberto

And they become relievers, for the most part. Not a great plan for someone with Solometo’s delivery.

GlypheNotes

Solometo looks like the rare prospect with an actual chance to just fly through pirates minor league system. Guy puts a lot of work into his career plan and executes.

roberto

Hope you are right. BTW, does anybody coach catchers at this level? The kid kept jerking pitches back into the strike zone. That’s unframing. Quiet glove is framing.

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