Solometo shines in Double-A debut, Bo Naylor returns to MLB

June 18, 2023

The all-time leader in Main Event/International Week single-game strikeouts has made his Double-A debut.

Anthony Solometo, who struck nine batters in three innings at Fenway Park back in 2020, was taken with the No. 37 overall pick by the Pittsburgh Pirates one year later, and has quickly ascended through their system. The 20-year-old southpaw with the unique delivery has a 2.51 ERA over 26 professional outings, and that includes his first outing with the Altoona Curve in Bridgewater, NJ on Saturday night against the Somerset Patriots, Double-A affiliate of the New York Yankees.

Solometo struck out the first batter he faced, Jasson Dominguez, and struck out seven in five innings of work, allowing only two earned runs while walking just one.

Bo Naylor, C, Cleveland Guardians, MLB

A unique season for Bo Naylor continues. After starting his campaign with a standout performance as a member of Team Canada at the World Baseball Classic, the 2017 International Week alum is back in the big leagues, and it seems like it’s for good this time.

Making his first appearance for the Guardians since he was summoned to “The Show” in mid-May as the 27th man for a doubleheader against the Mets, Naylor got the start behind the dish on Sunday in Arizona, drawing a walk and scoring a run in Cleveland’s blowout win.

Michael Arroyo, INF, Modesto Nuts, A

Arguably the biggest name to come out of the 2020 World Combine event held in the Bahamas, Arroyo is looking like he’s on track to emerge as one of the top prospects in the Seattle Mariners organization. After going 7-for-11 in a quick stint at the Arizona Complex League, the 18-year-old Colombia native was promoted to full-season ball for the first time, and has shined with the Modesto Nuts. In his first five games, he’s hitting .273 with a homer, four RBI and a stolen base. He’s already got five extra-base hits, and has plated six runs.

Kyren Paris, Rocket City Trash Pandas, AA

Paris has proven to be a dynamic player in the Angels organization, and is perhaps close to getting moved one step closer up the ladder to the big leagues. The 21-year-old, who has seen significant time at both middle infield spots for the Trash Pandas this season — curiously, lists him as a third baseman, which a spot he’s never played at during his professional career — is on pace to blow away his previous career-high in home runs and perhaps stolen bases as well; in just 60 games, he’s already gone deep 11 times, and swiped his 20th bag of the year on Saturday. His career-best is 33, set just last year.

Mateo Gil, Brooklyn Cyclones, A

Now settling in after being sent down to High-A Brooklyn earlier this season, Gil continues to get his year going; he homered in Aberdeen back on Tuesday, and delivered a multi-hit day to close out the series there on Sunday, driving in two runs in the process.

Braylon Bishop, FCL Pirates, R

In what’s been a very difficult start to his pro career, Braylon Bishop is showing signs of getting on the right track. After a difficult stint with Low-A Bradenton, the athletic outfielder and 2019 International Week alum was sent to the Florida Complex League; he’s reached base in each of his last three games, and has a hit in his last two as he starts to work his way back to full-season ball.

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