Peter Solomon, a 2014 graduate of Mount St. Joseph, made his Major League Baseball debut on April 18, pitching a scoreless ninth inning for the Houston Astros in their 7-3 loss to the Seattle Mariners.
Solomon pitched four varsity seasons at St. Joe becoming the team’s ace. As a senior, he was rated the nation’s 261st prospect by Baseball America, as well as the No. 44 pitcher nationally and No. 1 in Maryland. In his senior year he tossed 53 innings, posting a 1.76 ERA and striking out 85 hitters. In addition, he was named MVP at the Brooks Robinson All-Star Game.
Coming out of high school he was selected in the 21st round by the San Diego Padres of the 2014 MLB Draft, but elected to accept a scholarship to the University of Notre Dame. A shoulder injury cut short his freshman campaign after just 19.1 innings, but rebounded the following two seasons and was drafted after his junior year by Houston in the 4th round of the 2017 draft.
The Astros groomed him as a reliever and potential future closer and he had a terrific 2018 season as he posted a 2.32 ERA and struck out 114 batters in 100.2 innings between Class A clubs Quad Cities and Buses Creek. In 2019 he was promoted to High A Fayetteville, but suffered an elbow injury and eventually had Tommy John Surgery.
Healthy, he impressed last summer in the Astros alternate training camp and was added to the team’s 40-man roster in November. He was traveling with the Astros as part of their taxi squad and was informed by manager Dusty Baker that he was being activated to the Big League roster on Saturday afternoon and made his debut Sunday night.