• Full name Anthony Michael Simonelli
  • Born 12/23/1998 in Winchester, VA
  • Profile Ht.: 6'2" / Wt.: 200 / Bats: R / Throws: R
  • School Virginia Tech
  • Drafted in the 16th round (469th overall) by the Kansas City Royals in 2021 (signed for $75,000).
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    Simonelli ranked as the No. 336 player in the 2020 class after bouncing around from Coastal Carolina to St. John’s River (S.C.) JC to Virginia Tech, where he was solid in a starting role through four starts in the shortened 2020 season. This spring, he cut his walk rate fairly significantly—going from 5.5 BB/9 to 3.8 BB/9—and posted a 3.92 ERA over 13 starts and 66.2 innings, with 77 strikeouts (10.4 K/9). Simonelli has a four-pitch mix that includes a fastball, slider/cutter, curveball and changeup. While scouts don’t see a ton of swing-and-miss characteristics with his fastball, he has run it up to 95-96 mph with the ability to cut it, sink it and throw it straight. His slider/cutter is a solid breaking pitch in the 80s and he throws a more top-down curveball in the upper 70s, as well as a mid-80s changeup. With the variations on his fastball and his secondary pitches, Simonelli certainly has a deep enough pitch mix to start, though some evaluators think his fastball would play up in a bullpen role. Simonelli’s delivery fits a reliever profile, with hooking action in the back of his arm stroke and a good bit of head whack and effort in his finish.

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