The Pittsburgh Pirates announced that they have signed their second round pick on Tuesday morning. Prep pitcher Anthony Solometo received a $2.8 M bonus according to Jim Callis from MLB Pipeline. That bonus is $800,300 above the slot amount for the 37th pick. This is the first above slot signing for the Pirates so far, out of the nine signings that they have announced. The signing deadline is August 1st this year.
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— Pittsburgh Pirates (@Pirates) July 20, 2021
Solometo is 18 years old and stands 6’5″, 218 pounds. According to Pipeline, he gets his fastball into the low-90s already with life and command. His slider and changeup are average now with a chance for him to have three plus pitches. Baseball America had him up to 96 MPH and said the slider can look like a plus pitch at times. He has an easy delivery with deception, throws plenty of strikes and has a big frame, which should make him a durable starter with that three-pitch mix.
Here’s our 2021 draft signing tracker
Here’s the player page for Solometo
The Pirates still have just over $2 M available in their bonus pool to go towards over slot deals. They need to sign 64th overall pick Lonnie White Jr, third round pick Bubba Chandler and fourth round pick Owen Kellington, who could all received over-slot deals. White Jr.’s spot comes with a $1,050,300 slot, while Chandler is at $870,700 and Kellington is at $571,400. That $2 M remaining number doesn’t include the slot amounts or the 5% overage that is allowed before teams lose draft picks. For the Pirates this year, that 5% is almost $720,000 extra. That money is taxable (basically a 75% fine), but the Pirates have spent over that bonus pool number numerous times, using up all of that 5% in some cases.