By Tommy Mumau │ Utica Blue Sox Media Relations Assistant
Recently, MLB Pipeline ranked each team’s top 30 prospects. While this list gives fans a general overview of the talent in each farm system, many players with high potential were left off of the list. In an effort to recognize these players, the website posted a new article that listed each organization’s best unranked prospect. The Cincinnati Reds best unranked prospect was former Blue Sox pitcher Jared Solomon.
Solomon was a member of the Utica Blue Sox in 2016, prior to being drafted by the Reds just a season later. The right-hander has impressed with four minor league clubs in the Reds system, thus far in his professional career. In his four seasons, Solomon has posted a 3.82 ERA while striking out 221 batters.
The hurler was named the Reds best unranked prospect as a result of his respectable 2019 campaign. In his most recent season, Solomon posted a 3.98 ERA with the single-A level (full season) Dayton Dragons and the single-A level (advanced) Daytona Tortugas. In his season with the two clubs, the right-hander also managed to strike out 111 batters.
The article attributes this success to Solomon’s high velocity, as his fastball reaches approximately 96-97 MPH. The article also noted the progression of his slider, that the some believe can become an “above-average” pitch.
Jared Solomon will be entering his fourth professional season in 2021. The hurler will look to improve his changeup and command as he moves forward, to provide him with a greater arsenal of pitches and help him improve his consistency. MLB Pipeline believes that this will be the deciding factor of whether the Reds choose to utilize Solomon in the bullpen or if they will continue to use him in a starting role.