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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