Washington Nationals – No. 36
August 10, 1988 |
Litchfield Park, Arizona
|April 30, 2015 for the Washington Nationals|
(through May 1, 2015)
|Earned run average||0.00|
Solis attended Agua Fria High School in Avondale, Arizona. Playing for the school's baseball team, he had a 7–3 win–loss record and a 1.77 earned run average (ERA) with 117 strikeouts and 29 walks with 25 hits allowed in 59 1⁄3 innings pitched in his sophomore year. He shared West Valley High School Baseball Player of the Year honors with Kole Calhoun. In his junior year, he had a 4–4 record and a 1.93 ERA, and recorded 87 strikeouts with 23 walks and 45 hits in 63 2⁄3 innings. While in his junior year, he competed in the American Amateur Baseball Congress and wonwon the 2006 Connie Mack World Series. As a senior, Solis had a 8–2 record, a 2.40 ERA, and 98 strikeouts to 43 hits and 23 walks in 61 1⁄3 innings. He was again named West Valley's High School Baseball Co-Player of the Year, along with Cody Cress. Solis finished his high school career with a 25–8 win–loss record and 398 strikeouts, the second-most in Arizona Class 4A history.
Baseball America ranked Solis as the 53rd-best prospect available in the 2007 Major League Baseball (MLB) Draft. The Arizona Diamondbacks selected Solis in the 18th round of the draft, but he did not sign in order to play college baseball. Solis attended the University of San Diego, where he played for the San Diego Toreros baseball team. As a freshman, Solis had a 3–1 record and a 3.83 earned run average (ERA) in 17 games pitched, which included seven games started. Expected to pitch more in 2009 due to Brian Matusz signing a professional contract, Solis instead injured his back while weightlifting. He returned as a redshirt sophomore in 2010, and had a 9–2 record and a 3.42 ERA with 92 strikeouts and 82 hits allowed in 92 innings pitched. He was named All-West Coast Conference.
The Washington Nationals selected Solis in the second round, with the 51st overall selection of the 2010 MLB Draft, and Solis received a $1 million signing bonus to sign with Washington. Pitching for the Scottsdale Scorpions of the Arizona Fall League (AFL) after the 2010 regular season, Solis won the AFL championship. He again pitched in the AFL after the 2011 regular season, when he damaged the ulnar collateral ligament (UCL) in his elbow. Before the 2012 season, MLB.com rated Solis as the 86th-best prospect in baseball. He had Tommy John surgery to repair the UCL in March 2012 and missed the 2012 season. He returned to Potomac in 2013, and was assigned to the AFL after the 2013 season.
After the 2013 season, the Nationals added Solis to their 40-man roster. He was shut down in June 2014 with discomfort in his elbow after making one start for the Harrisburg Senators of the Class AA Eastern League. Solis began the 2015 season with Harrisburg. He was promoted to the major leagues on April 29, and made his major league debut the next day.
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- Career statistics and player information from MLB, or Baseball-Reference, or Baseball-Reference (Minors)