Round 2

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Round 2

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Round 2, No. 37 overall: Anthony Solometo, LHP, Bishop Eustace Prep School (Pennsauken Township, N.J.)

Notable skill: Solometo has one of the most unique and deceptive pitching motions in the Draft, with a pronounced leg kick and lean that drive into a Madison Bumgarner-like three-quarters arm angle delivery. Thanks to that, he has great movement on his fastball, which sits in the 90-94 mph range, that plays well with his slider -- especially when it has a tighter action vs. a slurvy motion.

Fun fact: The day after No. 26 overall Draft selection Chase Petty -- Solometo’s friend through the N.J. baseball ranks -- threw a no-hitter on April 28, the left-hander followed it up with one of his own, and he predicted it. What Solometo didn’t predict: He threw a second consecutive no-hitter a few days after that.

Quotable: "[My plan] was never to max-effort pitch," Solometo said. "It was never pump 100, 105 [mph] right now, because the goal was never to be the best high school pitcher of all time. The goal is to be the best pitcher of all time in the Major Leagues."
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