Teams face a midnight tonight deadline to add players to their 40-man roster in order to avoid potentially losing them to the upcoming Rule 5 Draft in December. As expected, the Nationals – who came into the day with 8 openings – added a number of players late this afternoon, according to Joe Frisaro of MLB.com. First baseman Tyler Moore and catcher Derek Norris were both expected, as we discussed earlier this week. The team also added outfielder Eury Perez and catcher Jhonatan Solano.
Perez is a 21 year old speedster coming off of his first season at High-A in 2011. In 465 plate appearances he batted .283/.319/.321 with 45 stolen bases. Combined over his past two seasons he’s stolen a grand total of 109. He was originally signed as a 16 year old International Free Agent out of the Dominican Republic. The center fielder is likely slated for his first taste of Double-A in the Spring.
Solano was also an International Free Agent, signed at the age of 20 out of Columbia. He spent the 2011 season in Triple-A where he batted .275/.325/.388 in 279 plate appearances. Adding him to the 40-man roster gives the team some additional flexibility should the need arise for catching depth next season, but I don’t expect him to be the first option the team opts for. He’ll likely repeat Triple-A in 2012, where he’ll serve as the backup for Norris in all likelihood.