Nationals Agree to Terms with Lefthander Sammy Solis

University of San Diego Product was Washington’s Second Pick in ‘10 Draft

The Washington Nationals tonight agreed to terms on a professional contract with left-handed pitcher Sammy Solis, the Nationals’ second-round selection (51st overall) in the 2010 First-Year Player Draft. Nationals Senior Vice President and General Manager Mike Rizzo, Nationals Assistant General Manager and Vice President of Player Personnel Roy Clark and Nationals Director of Scouting Kris Kline made the joint announcement.

The first selection in the second round of the 2010 Draft, Solis went 9-2 with a 3.42 ERA in 15 games/14 starts for University of San Diego to garner All-West Coast Conference honors. In 92.0 innings as a redshirt sophomore, Solis struck out 92 (9.0 per 9.0 innings), walked just 29 (2.8 per 9.0 innings) and registered a .233 batting average against.

In three seasons with the Toreros, Solis posted a 3.7/1 strikeout-to-walk ratio en route to going 13-4 with a 3.64 ERA in 34 games/20 starts.

The 6-foot-5, 225 lbs. Solis was rated as the No. 7 prospect, third-best college player, in California among the 2010 Draft class as part of Baseball America’s Draft Preview. Solis was originally drafted by the Diamondbacks in the 18th round of the 2007 First-Year Player Draft, but instead chose to attend USD.

The Nationals have signed or agreed to terms with 31 players from their 2010 First-Year Player Draft, including 23 of their top 26 selections.