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Run by The Trentonian's Nick Peruffo, this blog will provide daily multimedia coverage of the Trenton Thunder.

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Top 10 Opposing Players for 2012 - No. 10: Sammy Solis

Solis delivers a pitch as a member of the Scottsdale Scorpions











Bio: Sammy Solis, a left-hander, was Washington's second-round choice in the 2010 draft. He's 6-foot-5, weighs 230 pounds, and is 23 years old. He was drafted out of the University of San Diego, where he was teammates with current Yankees farmhand -- and sort of one-time Thunder player -- Nick McCoy. 

2011: Between Hagerstown and Potomac last year, Solis went 8-3 with a 3.26 ERA in 96.2 IP. He struck out 93 against 23 walks and allowed eight home runs. Of those eight longballs, four came against Red Sox prospects (two to Bryce Brentz, one to Miles Head, one to Brandon Jacobs). He also allowed one to Manny Machado, the third overall pick in the draft. 

He worked 26 more innings in the Arizona Fall League -- with the Scottsdale Scorpions, as you can see from the picture above -- and allowed one bomb, to Michael Choice. So, if you're counting Solis has allowed home runs to two of the first five hitters taken in the 2010 draft. And one of those hitters, Bryce Harper, was his teammate, so he never got to face him. An interesting if meaningless aside. 

What People Are Saying: A scout who saw Solis this season described him thusly: He has a fastball that sits between 89 and 94 miles per hour, with an average velo of 92 and hard, late life. He also throws a slider, a cutter, a change-up with late fade, and a knuckle curve.

When You Can See Him: Harrisburg comes to Trenton April 19-22 and July 26-29. 

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