Age on Opening Day 2014: 25
How acquired: Draft (2nd round), June 2010
Prospect Rank: No. 6 in Nats’ org. (Baseball America)
2013 Team/Level: Potomac Nationals (Single-A), Gulf Coast Nationals (Rookie), Mesa Solar Sox (AFL)
2013 Stats: 14 G, 13 GS, 2-1, 3.32 ERA, 59.2 IP, 59 H, 23 R, 22 ER, 3 HR, 19 BB, 43 SO, 3 WP, 1.307 WHIP (two teams)
2013 Analysis: Sammy Solis came back from Tommy John surgery after missing the entire 2012 season in late May with the Potomac Nationals, and managed 88 2/3 total innings this year. He started with the Potomac Nationals and made 13 starts there, made one appearance in the Gulf Coast League, and pitched seven times with the Mesa Solar Sox of the Arizona Fall League. There he went 5-2 with a 2.17 ERA in 29 innings pitched and helped raise his standing as a prospect within the organization.
The 6-foot-5 Solis made a statement in the AFL that he still holds potential as a top young lefty talent. He was put up against some of the best prospects in the game and proved he could hang. The AFL is also where he last pitched in 2011 just months before going under the knife. In 2011 he had a 4.50 ERA and 1.730 WHIP through seven starts, he was much better this year.
2014 Outlook: Solis was the next draft pick the Nats made after taking Bryce Harper in 2010 and still have high hopes he can make an impact in the big leagues. He’s 25 and has had Tommy John, so he’s a bit behind the curve. This year could be the year for Solis, however, as the Nats look to promote their next wave of young pitching.
Mike Rizzo told The Washington Post that Solis could fit into the equation as a reliever this season. Solis has been drafted and developed as a starter, but could fast forward his path to Washington if he can help fill their void of lefty relief pitchers. He’ll most certainly get a shot this season at the major league level and will have a good opportunity to stay. His endurance to also start could give the Nats a solid lefty longman option to pull from.