Washington Nationals: Five X-Factors For The 2017 Season

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Sammy Solis

Most of the attention this spring training in terms of relievers has been the competition for closer between Koda Glover, Blake Treinen, and Shawn Kelley. The Nats have done a good job building up bullpen depth, but they are going to need relievers that can throw multiple innings.

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This is where Solis could play a big role. Solis seemed to have earned the trust of the coaching staff a season ago when he pitched in every single game of the NLDS against the Dodgers. He can pitch in any of the late inning, but the left-hander might need to throw more than one inning.

If the Nats can’t find anyone that they are comfortable giving the long man spot to, Solis could be a candidate for a similar role. Last season, he pitched multiple innings in 13 of his 37 innings. Out of those 13 appearances, six of them were two innings or more.

In spring training this season, teams have been hitting .324 against Solis. However, his 14 strikeouts are the most of any reliever on the team and he has only given up runs in one of his eight appearances.

Solis was on the disabled list last season so health could be an issue. However, if he’s healthy, the 28-year-old could be one of those key players in the bullpen that isn’t the closer.

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