PETER SOLOMON, RIGHT HANDED PITCHER
|Born: August 16, 1996
Drafted: 4th Round, 121st Overall, 2017 (Astros)
How Acquired: Waiver Claim (from Astros)
College: University of Notre Dame
Agent: Warner Sports Management
WTM’s PLAYER PROFILE
|Solomon has a history of generating favorable scouting reports without putting up impressive performances. On the basis of a strong summer ball showing, scouts expected him to put up a big season in his last year at Notre Dame, but he was moved to the bullpen after just a few starts. Houston drafted him and tried to develop him as a starter. As a pro, he hasn’t pitched all that much, mainly due to Tommy John surgery in 2019. Solomon throws a low-90s fastball that’s edged into the mid-90s when he’s pitched in relief. He’s also thrown a cutter, curve, change and slider. His secondary pitches have drawn a lot of comments about being potentially above-average, but the breakout hasn’t happened and he seems to have taken a step backward in 2022. The Pirates claimed Solomon off waivers.
After signing, Solomon threw just one inning.
Pitching both as a starter and reliever, Solomon had a strong season, the bulk of it in low A. He had good walk and K rates, and opponents batted just .213 against him, with little power. Baseball America rated him Houston’s #22 prospect.
Solomon made just two starts and went out with an elbow injury that required Tommy John surgery.
Solomon probably would have missed the season anyway, but the pandemic removed any doubt. The Astros nevertheless added him to their 40-man roster after the season.
Houston sent Solomon to AAA, skipping him over AA. His numbers there weren’t impressive, but the league as a whole had a 5.39 ERA and Solomon was in his Tommy John recovery year. Gopher balls were a problem, as he allowed 16. He did improve over the course of the season. BA ranked him tenth in the Houston system.
The Astros sent Solomon back to AAA, where he pitched mainly as a starter. Gopher balls, 17 to be exact, were again a problem, and overall he didn’t pitch well. His walk and K rates slipped. Houston designated him for assignment on September 1 and the Pirates claimed him.
During his three years as the Pirates’ GM, Ben Cherington has relied almost entirely on the waiver wire to staff his bullpen. That approach so far has consistently failed, as the Pirates have been in the bottom third in reliever ERA each year, and have gotten worse each year. It’s possible the Pirates hope to use Solomon as a starter, but if they can’t find relievers on waivers it’s hard to imagine them finding a starter that way.
|2022: Major league minimum
|Signing Bonus: $420,000
MiLB Debut: 2017
MLB Debut: 4/18/2021
MiLB FA Eligible: N/A
MLB FA Eligible: 2028
Rule 5 Eligible: N/A
Added to 40-Man: 11/20/2020
Options Remaining: 1 (USED: 2021, 2022)
MLB Service Time: 0.029
|June 7, 2014: Drafted by the San Diego Padres in the 21st round, 627th overall pick.
June 13, 2017: Drafted by the Houston Astros in the 4th round, 121st overall pick; signed on June 22.
November 20, 2020: Contract purchased by the Houston Astros.
September 1, 2022: Designated for assignment by the Houston Astros.
September 4, 2022: Claimed off waivers from the Houston Astros by the Pittsburgh Pirates.