Anthony Solometo: Lefty Showed Great Approach In First Professional Season

The Pittsburgh Pirates went heavy on high upside prep players in the 2021 draft, with Anthony Solometo taken first among that group. A lefty out of New Jersey, Solometo was also the first to make their professional debut among that group, pitching for the Bradenton Marauders.

He would go on to pitch 47 2/3 innings across 13 appearances, eight starts, and post a very impressive 2.64 ERA that was backed by a FIP of 2.83.

Solometo struggled with his control at times, with a walk rate just north of 10%. Based off his age (19) and the level he was pitching at, along with with his strikeout rate (27.1%), it was a great start to his career.

The thing that was most notable with Solometo during the draft process, and lead up to his debut, was the delivery. Somewhere in between Madison Bumg...

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Bucsfan8

Almost looks like Candelaria! I actually saw this guy pitch at Pirate city before playing for the Marauders. From behind the plate he is all arms and legs. Kind of looks like an octopus coming at you.

JoeNastasi

With the FB to RH hitters, when he came in & the swung, they looked really bad on it. That’s a great sign

AdministrativeSky236

I know velo isnt everything and solo is going to be much more deceptive than average, but if he can work a few ticks above 88-93 I would think that buys him some more margin for error as he ascends the minor leagues

tventimiglio

Baseball Reference lists him as 19 YO and 6’5″ and 220. I am betting he is still growing into his body, particularly learning how to maximize his size and muscle.

joebaseball

How does his velo and spin compare to MadBum?

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