CBB Top 50 Countdown: Number 46 Sammy Solis (San Diego)

Sammy Solis looks to replace Matusz in the rotation

The CBB continues our countdown to the 2009 College Baseball season with our Top 50 players to watch. We will be providing one player each day until we reach number 1.

We continue the list today with Sophomore Sammy Solis from the University of San Diego checking in at the 46th spot in our countdown. He is a 6-5 228 pound lefthander from Litchfield Park, Arizona and Agua Fria high school where he played four years of varsity baseball where he had a 25-8 record with a 398 strikeouts which is fourth best in the history of Arizona high school baseball. He ended up being selected in the 18th round by the Arizona Diamondbacks deciding to head to the University of San Diego.

Solis had a solid freshmen campaign with the Toreros by recording a 3-1 with a 3.83 ERA in 17 appearances including seven starts. He ended up striking out 42 batters in only 49.1 innings of work. He also allowed only 12 walks on the year.

He skyrocketed up many charts with an outstanding summer with the Chatham A’s of the Cape Cod Baseball League where he only went 3-2 with a 2.41 ERA in seven appearances with six starts. He only allowed seven walks in his 37.1 innings on the mound with 32 strikeouts.

We saw Solis pitch in the Cape Cod Baseball League All-Star game this summer. We named him our most impressive pitcher of the game. Our full report from that day is available here.

You can check out the top 50 by clicking here.

  • waltgreenberg

    Brian, is this a listing of the Top 50 best college players or (as with Baseball America’s listing) the Top 50 pro prospects. As I’m sure you’ll agree, there is a HUGE difference between the two (although, of course, there is significant overlap between the two lists).

    Unless this is a Top prospect listing, I don’t understand how Solis can possibly make a Top 50 list given his prior resume from D-I play…and while The Cape is often a strong indicator of future performance, it is a decidedly pitcher-friendly league.

    So my question is this– what criteria are you using for selecting this Top 50 listing?

  • http://thecollegebaseballblog.com Brian Foley

    It is my opinion on who the Top 50 players in the country are….Solis is a third or fourth rounder if he was to come out this year.

    I like the kid’s game and he has good stuff.

    Your opinion might be different then mine but I stand by it.

  • waltgreenberg

    Fair enough, Brian…but sounds from your response that you’re compiling a Top prospect listing vs. a Top college players listing (as you’re talking far more about stuff, tools and where a player is likely to be drafted than his on the field D-I resume). If so, I agree with the Solis selection in the Top 50…but given his performance to date IN COLLEGE against D-I foes, he’s certainly shown flashes of potential, but has his performance been such that he should be ranked amongst the Top 50 returning college players? Quite honestly, he might not make my Top 100 list if that were the criterion.

  • http://thecollegebaseballblog.com Brian Foley

    Lets change it then…My top 50 players in the country based on talent if everyone was going to be eligible to be drafted this year.