Sammy Solis - LHP
Born: 8/10/88 (Litchfield Park, AZ)
Acquired (from): 2010 2d Round June Draft (University of San Diego) (51st pick)
6'5", 230 Lbs.
Prospect rankings 2011:
All minors - unranked
Nats System - Fangraphs (Hulett)
#5; Baseball America
- #6; NatsProspects.com - ; Minor League Ball (Sickels)
- #4 (B); BP
(Goldstein) does not discuss players with minimal minors experience; Hardball Times
- no mention
To borrow liberally from Mark Hulett:
Solis looks like a big, strong innings-eater at 6’5” 230 lbs. There are some health concerns with the southpaw, though, as he’s struggled with back problems. His repertoire is average and his heater sits 88-92 mph. Solis also flashes a plus changeup and good curveball. He’s a strike thrower and could move quickly through the lower levels of the minors. Solis pitches with a low-three-quarter or side-arm delivery. He has a nice, smooth arm action with little effort. He pitched just four regular season innings after signing his first pro contract but he could start out the season in high-A ball.
Projects peak WAR 3.5.
Sickels's comment "Probably won't need much minor league time."
BA notes that Solis, Cole, and Robbie Ray all received above slot money.
Pitched in the Arizona Fall League, where MLB.com had him as the #13 prospect in the league
. He started and won the championship game.
???? for 2011 (not yet assigned, in extended spring training due to back issues, as Linty point out)Potomac
for 2011. update 7/5 - promoted to Potomac on 7/4; 1st start 7/5.
Edit - Here is a link to some predraft video (http://mlb.mlb.com/video/play.jsp?content_id=7189149
). His delivery does look a bit below 3/4. There is also mention of his herniated disk surgery that cost him his sophomore season in college.