Nats Reportedly Sign Draft Picks Solis, Cole

Posted by Dave Nichols | Sunday, August 15, 2010 | , , | 0 comments »

Several sources cite that the Washington Nationals have signed their second and fourth round draft picks with less than two days remaining until the deadline.  This news leaves just two of the Nats' top picks, No. 1 overall Bryce Harper and 12th round pick Robbie Ray, unsigned.

The Nationals reportedly agreed to terms with Sammy Solis, the second round pick in the 2010 First-Year Player Draft, a LHP from Univeristy of San Diego for $1 million and RHP A.J. Cole from Oviedo (Fla.) High School, the Nationals' fourth-round pick, for $2 million. 

The news was first reported by Baseball America, and there's been no annoucement from the team at the time of this post. 

Cole was considered a first round talent but the 6'4'' right-hander with a fastball in the mid-90s fell to the fourth round, where the Nats' hoped they could get the 18-year-old pitcher to sign.  He had previously committed to the University of Miami and was deemed a risky sign by many draft experts.

Solis, 6'5", was taken 51st overall in the draft.  He suffered a herniated disc in his back which limited him in 2009, but recovered to put together an impressive 2010 campaign. One scouting report says Solis has three solid pitches, and while he has a limited ceiling, he shouldn't take too long to get to the big leauges.

Ray, a 18 year old left handed pitching high schooler from Tennessee, has been at Nats Park the last two nights, in for a team workout and "recruiting" trip.

Should the Nationals bring all four players into the fold, it would be considered a coup for General Manager Mike Rizzo, and give the organization one of the better draft classes across Major League Baseball this year.