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Jonah Scolaro: Swingman with a murderous slider.
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2024 South Side Sox Top Prospect No. 71: Jonah Scolaro

Look out, this flexible swingman is trending upward

Jonah Scolaro

Left-Handed Relief Pitcher
193 pounds
Age: 25
2023 High Level Birmingham (Double-A)
Age relative to high level -0.3 years
SSS rank among all left-handed relievers in the system 2
Overall 2023 stats 3-2 ⚾️ 39 games (1 start, 10 finishes) ⚾️ 69 1⁄3 IP ⚾️ 4.80 ERA ⚾️ 1.399 WHIP ⚾️ 89 K ⚾️ 36 BB

The White Sox signed this Florida State alum as an undrafted free agent in July 2022 after he pitched briefly for the High Point Rockers of the Atlantic League. Scolaro pitched parts of five seasons out of the Seminoles bullpen (including the shortened 2020 season). He was a Cape Cod League All-Star in the summer of 2021 before finishing his amateur career with his best season in Tallahassee. In his Seminoles swan song, Scolaro posted a 3.25 ERA and a 4.35 FIP with a slider that induced a massive 50% whiff rate and a miniscule .133 BAA.

There’s not a lot of velo from Scolaro’s fastball, but it has above average ride. That slider (along with a changeup for right-handed hitters) creates an arsenal with some intriguing qualities.

As a pro, Scolaro has been able to maintain a lofty strikeout rate, albeit with less control. He finished 2022 with a 34% strikeout rate at Kannapolis and Winston-Salem, then maintained that rate with improved control through his initial 2023 assignment back to Winston-Salem. This prompted a promotion to Double-A, where Scolaro was utilized as a multi-inning reliever. His K-BB% in Birmingham was essentially cut in half, but he was still able to finish with a 3.72 ERA over 55 2⁄3 innings.

Scolaro’s Baseball Cube player ratings
Strikeouts 85
Durability 84
K/BB 73
vsPower 67
Hittable 67
Walks 55

Scolaro will likely open 2024 back in Birmingham, but his flexibility could see him possibly starting in Charlotte. His eventual upside in Chicago is as a front-end bullpen/swingman arm.

2024 South Side Sox Top 100 White Sox Prospects

71. Jonah Scolaro, LHRP
72. Ben Beutel, LHRP
73. Stiven Flores, C
74. Adrian Gil, 1B
75. Yohemy Nolasco, RHRP
76. Ben Norman, LF
77. Josimar Cousín, RHSP
78. Juan Gonzalez, C
79. Chris Lanzilli, LF
80. Alex Speas, RHRP
81. Fraser Ellard, LHRP
82. Garrett Wright, RHRP
83. Duke Ellis, CF
84. Mathias LaCombe, RHRP
85. Godwin Bennett, RF
86. Rikuu Nishida, LF
87. Caden Connor, LF
88. Zach Franklin, RHRP
89. Jeremy González, LHSP
90. Jerry Burke, RHRP
91. Frankeli Arias, LHSP
92. Mikey Kane, 3B
93. Carlton Perkins, RHSP
94. Tyler Neslony, LF
95. Drew Dalquist, RHSP
96. Jason Matthews, SS
97. Jonathan Stiever, RHSP
98. Tommy Sommer, LHSP
99. Daniel González, LHRP
100. Eduardo Herrera, 3B

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