Weight: 218 pounds
School: Bishop Eustace Preparatory School
Commitment: North Carolina
Anthony Solometo is the top high school left-handed pitching prospect out of Sicklerville, New Jersey and plays his high school ball for the Bishop Eustace Crusaders. Solometo has boosted his draft stock a ton during his senior season and will likely go in the first round of the 2021 MLB Draft.
On MLB Pipeline, Solometo is the 17th-ranked draft prospect and the second-ranked left-handed pitcher in the 2021 MLB Draft. On Perfect Game, Solometo is the 65th-ranked prospect and the tenth-ranked left-handed pitcher in the country.
At 6’5”, 218 pounds, Solometo is a tall, long prospect that still has some room to fill in his large frame. The New Jersey southpaw has a three-pitch mix that is highlighted by his fastball. Solometo’s fastball sits in the low-90s and tops out at 94 mph with life and great command.
Solometo’s best secondary pitch is his slider which has received a 55 grade from MLB Pipeline. His slider plays well but he does need to work making it a true slider—the pitch sometimes can move like a slurve. His changeup is also graded as an average pitch that forces lots of grounders and weak contact.
- Plus fastball
- Good command on all pitches
- Strike thrower
- High spin rate
- Lots of deception on the mound
- Repeats delivery well
- High pitching IQ
- Needs to work on throwing slider consistently
- Needs to find a fourth pitch
- Command is iffy with changeup
Pro Comparison: Madison Bumgarner
Projection: First Round Draft Pick
The Miami Marlins will be looking to take a bat with their first pick in the 2021 MLB Draft, according to the Miami Herald. However, the Fish have the 16th pick and there’s a possibility that their top hitting prospects could come off the board before they get that opportunity.
In that scenario, the Fish would probably draft the best available prospect on their draft board. Prep left-handed pitcher Anthony Solometo cannot be ruled out as an option for the Marlins.
Solometo has two pitches that are graded as a plus or above average pitches, while his changeup needs some work to reach that level. The Marlins have shown the ability of helping pitchers develop a changeup and drafting pitching prospects with a plus fastball and breaking pitch. The North Carolina signee does fit the mold of what the Marlins usually like in a pitching prospect.
That being said, a lot will have to go wrong for the Marlins to make them settle for Solometo.