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Pirates Select Thomas Harrington with the 36th Overall Pick

With the 36th overall pick in the 2022 MLB draft, the Pittsburgh Pirates selected right-handed pitcher Thomas Harrington out of Campbell University.

Harrington is 6’2″, 185 pounds and 21 years old. He was a walk-on to Campbell University, where he had a 3.45 ERA in 75.2 innings as a freshman last year. He also had a .226 BAA and a 75:28 SO/BB ratio. This year as a sophomore, he improved to a 2.53 ERA in 92.2 innings, with a .204 BAA and an extremely impressive 111:18 SO/BB ratio.

According to Baseball America, who rated him 48th in this draft class, his best pitches are his changeup and slider, which both get 55 grades. His control gets a 60 grade, while his fastball is a 50 and the curve is below average. He throws 90-93 MPH, but has hit 96 MPH this spring. His slider is low-80s, his changeup mid-80s and both pitches have a high whiff rate. They believe he still has plenty of projection in his frame and he’s very athletic on the mound. He’s one of the best strike-throwers in this draft class.

MLB Pipeline adds the he repeats his delivery well and they believe he has one of the highest floors among all college pitchers in this draft class. Right now he’s projected to be a #3 starter. They also like his changeup a little better than the slider, but that pitch still grades well. They also believe the curve is a clear fourth pitch.

Here’s some extra info from Kiley McDaniel

Here’s the player page for Harrington

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Glad they got one of the Campbell guys in round 1


Well, this is progress, right? I mean Bucs used to select pitchers with the upside of a #3 starter in the first round, sometimes even with the first overall pick!


He was taken a bit ahead of his rating, but as a draft-eligible soph, I suspect he’ll take slot to sign.


Hopefully, his velocity projects up but I like it. The new market efficiency may actually be pitchers who throw strikes and know how to pitch. For the Pirates that would be almost novel. I have already become tired of flame throws with no command.


I actually read this in an article somewhere, instead of choosing guys that throw 98, teams rely on technology, better conditioning, and places like driveline to increase command guys velo. George kirby with the mariners is a good example of this


It’s kinda like how sick I am of watching baseball games with every player either hitting a home run or striking out.
I hope baseball gets back to making contact every once in a while


Let’s see, great change and command projectable frame….👍 high floor, #3 ceiling. 👍

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