Tuesday, June 13, 2017

4-121: Peter Solomon

With the 121st overall pick (4th Round), the Astros have selected 6'4" 190lb RHP Peter Solomon, a junior out of Notre Dame.

MLB.com's scouting report said that Solomon broke out in the Cape Cod League last summer (0.54 ERA in 33IP), and is Notre Dame's best pitching prospect since wide receiver Jeff Samardzija in 2006. This season he threw 54IP, 47H/23ER, 61K:28BB.

That trouble throwing strikes sent Solomon to the bullpen. MLB.com, who had him ranked #86 on their draft board:
His best pitch is a 92-94mph fastball that tops out at 96, though both his hard curveball and slider can be plus offerings at times...He has a loose arm and a fairly simple delivery, so there's nothing glaring that should hamper his control, but it's becoming increasingly likely that he'll be a reliever in pro ball.

Back in January Solomon was BA's 19th-ranked college prospect, and the 46th-ranked RHP prospect earlier this week. In May he was #141 on BA's Top 200 draft prospects list.

Here's Christopher Crawford's scouting report on Solomon. A scout wrote:
I think the stuff might really play up in relief, but that'd be disappointing, because he has shown the stuff to be a number three.

The slot for the 121st overall pick is $437,400.