26-Year-Old Pitcher – Washington Nationals
2015 Fantasy Baseball Outlook
The left-hander seemed on the road to recovery from his Tommy John surgery with a good showing in the 2013 Arizona Fall League, but more elbow soreness limited Solis to just 18.1 minor league innings ...
Sammy Solis Contract Information:
Signed a contract with the Nationals in August 2010 that includes a $1 million signing bonus.
Solis has been optioned to Double-A Harrisburg.
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Washington Nationals Roster
MajorsBarrett, Aaron (P)
AAAlderson, Tim (P)
A+Bacus, Dakota (P)
RookieAndujar, Yoel (OF)
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RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks
After missing all of 2012 following Tommy John surgery, Solis was touching 95 mph with his fastball in the AFL and showed more than enough to warrant a spot on the 40-man roster. He may get a look in spring training as a possible bullpen option, given the current lack of left-handed relievers on the depth chart, but long term his future still appears to be in the rotation. If he does break into the majors as a LOOGY, keeper league owners should give serious thought to saving an endgame dollar for him.
Solis made impressive strides in his pro debut two years ago, including an uptick in velocity from his NCAA days, but after losing all of 2012 to Tommy John surgery he will need to prove himself all over again. Given his strong secondary offerings if his fastball regresses back to the 88-92 mph range he showed in college, his control and command should be enough for him to have some success as a classic finesse lefty, but if he can keep popping it at 91-94, Solis has mid-rotation upside. The Nationals will treat him with kid gloves this season, but he could be pushing hard for a major league audition in 2014.
Solis spent all of 2011 at Low-A and High-A where he posted above-average peripherals (8.65 K/9IP and 2.14 BB/9IP) along with a 3.26 ERA. The left-hander throws from a three-quarter angle featuring a 91-93 mph fastball with a good curveball and strong change-up. His command is major league ready, but he needs to show that he can get more swings and misses. Solis experienced elbow pain in spring training and it was determined that he needed Tommy John surgery. He'll miss the entire 2012 season, as a result.
The Nationals accumulated an awesome amount of long-term potential in last year's draft in the form of Bryce Harper and AJ Cole, but Solis is likely to be the first member of the class to reach the majors. An extremely polished college lefty, his large frame doesn't generate huge velocity but he touches 93 mph with his fastball and can put it exactly where he wants it. Add in a very good changeup and Solis just needs to refine his breaking pitches a little more before he'll be knocking on the door of the big league rotation. He won't be an ace, but he should be able to munch innings with the best of them.