Nats’ top prospects - No. 6: Sammy Solis

Not a bad summer at all for left-handed pitcher Sammy Solis. He gets drafted by the Nats in June, signs a deal over slot, pitches well in Hagerstown with two starts and then with Scottsdale, minutes from his home, wins the championship game of Arizona Fall League.

Not bad, not bad at all.

Solis was 1-0 with a 3.80 ERA with the Scorpions, starting five games, striking out 12 batters and allowing only 10 earned runs.

And now Solis is ranked No. 6 on the Nationals’ Top 10 prospect list according to Baseball America.

Aaron Fitt, who compiled the list for Baseball America, likes what he sees from the University of San Diego product.

“Big fan of Sammy Solis,” Fitt said. “He is one of those guys who is almost unflappable. He has got a very cool mound demeanor. Nothing phases him. He is a big body guy with a real easy arm action. A guy you could envision really gobbling up innings.”

Fitt believes Solis has the velocity on the mound to be a top notch major league pitcher.

“(Solis) has got good stuff. He has run the fastball up to 94 miles per hour,” Fitt said. “I think as he matures he will pitch 90 to 94 miles per hour which is really good for a leftie. Knuckle curveball is promising, needs a little bit of work. Changeup is very good.”

So where does Solis fit in for the Nationals? Fitt likes him in as a number three starter in the future and with Washington very soon.

“He is a potential mid-rotation starter and in the not too distant future,” Fitt said. “I think he is going to move pretty quickly.”

Not bad, not bad at all.

Hear the entire interview with Aaron Fitt on all of the Top 10 Nats’ prospects at

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