Two P-Nats Named To BA’s Top 20 Carolina League Prospects

Well, the announcement came a bit sooner than previously reported, but the news is good: Destin Hood (#12) and Sammy Solis (#13) joined the ranks of the players anointed by Baseball America in the year-end prospect rankings by league.

Like last year, this is a bit of a surprise. That’s because I felt like Solis would be passed over because he only made 10 starts and turned 23 during the season, not to mention the high HR rate. Something to keep in mind before complaining about, say, Jeff Kobernus’s omission even if the Potomac 2B had a substandard rates for both OBP and SLG.

As before, the highlights from the scouting reports…

Hood’s bat has come a long ways since he was drafted, but he still has to prove he can catch up to hard fastballs and quality breaking balls. His raw strength should translate into average power, especially now that he has improved his plate discipline. His plus speed plays well on the bases and in right field, where he shows a solid arm.

If, by “solid” BA means accurate, then yes. If, by “solid” BA means strong, then no. I like Destin Hood, but he’s a left fielder playing right field. Regular readers know that I’ve said that all season long.

As a lefty who mixes a 90-93 mph fastball with an average slider and changeup, Solis has the stuff to stick in a big league[sic] rotation. His stuff plays up because he has good feel for pitching. He throws strikes, works both sides of the plate and gets plenty of groundouts thanks to good sink on his fastball.

Solis had his moments where he could get lit when he left his pitches up, which is something he needs to work on. I saw at both Low-A and High-A and AA hitters will make him pay even worse than he did this season. Like Kobernus, the injury history is going to dog him until he puts in a full season as a professional. Otherwise, this report is a decent assessment of the southpaw.

Author: Luke Erickson

Since 2009, Luke Erickson has been chief writer, editor, and bottle-washer of Potomac is his home base as a season-ticket holder, but he has visited every affiliate north of Florida at least once, with multiple trips to Hagerstown and Harrisburg.

7 thoughts on “Two P-Nats Named To BA’s Top 20 Carolina League Prospects”

  1. So, I would assume Eurys lack of walks kept him off the list(as it should be). Im not ready to give up on Perez, but he will get dominated in the higher levels if he cant walk. Kobernus was good, put does have the “stuff” to make it on this list, with the stats he had. Good rankings by BA for this group IMO

    1. IMO, Eury became one-dimentional this season; All he showed was speed. Hopefully, he can bring a little more next year, as he’ll be pushed by Taylor, Burns, & Goodwin from below.

    2. Kobernus finally had a healthy season, which can only help to re-establish him as a prospect. He showed much more on-base speed & base stealing acumen w/Potomac than I previously thought he had. Given his size, he probably needs to develop a little more gap power to continue moving up the chain.

  2. Congrats to Solis and Hood as they deserved to be on the list. I also thought that Perez and Kobernus should have been included. They both had a ton of steals, very solid batting averages and good defensive numbers. I noted Solis had a 3.26 ERA in July, a 2.37 in August and a 0.77 in September. It will be interesting to see how he does in the AZ Fall League. Also, I heard today that PNat Zach Walters was named to the AFL today.

    1. Wasnt expecting that on Walters, he was at A most of the year. The org must see something they really like in him. Congrats to Mr. Walters

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