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
Campbell RHP Thomas Harrington was the surprise standout, grading above avg to excellent at almost every metric they have: 4th in arm speed, 100% efficiency (arm speed over stress), low in shoulder stress, high in hip-shoulder separation, etc. Can see why numbers teams love him. pic.twitter.com/hCS5AMeAcu
— Kiley McDaniel (@kileymcd) July 16, 2022
Here’s the player page for Harrington