Pirates' 2021 2nd round pick to make first professional start

LHP Anthony Solometo will start Friday for the Bradenton Marauders
Anthony Solometo introductory press conference
Anthony Solometo introductory press conference Photo credit Pittsburgh Pirates

The Pirates second-round draft pick from last season will make his first professional start on Friday night for the Bradenton Marauders.

Anthony Solometo, a left-handed pitcher out of Bishop Eustance Prep School in New Jersey was taken 37th overall by the Pirates last seasons but was rated the 17th best player in the draft by MLB Pipeline.

Solometo had a 0.21 ERA in 2021 going 4-0 with 64 strikeouts and only five walks over 32.2 innings a senior.

Solometo signed with the Pirates last July and was assigned to the team’s Florida Complex League Gold team.

The FCL is a rookie-level league for players who have yet enter into a team’s minor league system.

The 6’5”, 220-pound 19-year-old lefty, is considered the Pirates 8th highest prospect and third-highest pitcher.

The Low-A Marauders take on Fort Myers at home Friday night.