After spending one year with the Miami Marlins, catcher Jhonatan Solano has returned to the Nationals' organization on a minor league contract with an invitation to MLB spring training.
Signed as an international free agent in 2005, Solano spent 10 years with the Nationals before going to Miami. He played six years in their farm system before finally making his MLB debut in 2012. In 36 total games with the big league Nats in 2012 and 2013, Solano hit .217 with two homers and eight RBI.
Now 30 years old, Solano provides catching depth for the Nationals behind their big league duo of Wilson Ramos and Jose Lobaton. Solano will likely play the majority of his time at Triple-A Syracuse with the potential for call-ups due to injury.
Solano played seven games with the Marlins in 2015 and had just one hit in 20 at-bats. He is a career .184 hitter in 43 total MLB games.
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It's that wonderful time of year again — when baseball teams flock to warmer climates for spring training and the regular season is practically around the corner — and Bryce Harper is already killing it.
It took the Washington Nationals a few games to brush away their offseason cobwebs and get back into gear, but since the beginning of March, they're riding a five-game win streak as of Sunday the 4th.
They are 6-4-1 in spring training going into Monday's matchup against the St. Louis Cardinals.
Since Thursday, the Nats have taken down — in order — the Atlanta Braves, New York Mets, defending World Series champion Houston Astros, the Detroit Tigers and the Mets again. Sunday's 6-2 win against the Tigers was in large part thanks to Harper's bat, as the star of the team drilled his first home run of spring training.
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Turn up the volume for this one because the sound of Harper's contact with the ball is just beautiful — and perhaps enough to get you pumped for the March 29 opener.
Harper blew this ball away in the bottom of the third for a two-run homer with Howie Kendrick on base. He also had a single in the fourth and finished the game with three RBI.
Gio Gonzalez was the winning pitcher for the Nats.
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We are fortunate enough to live in a world where we can watch a former Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback (attempt to) hit against a three-time Cy Young pitcher in a Major League Baseball preseason game.
Max Scherzer took less than a minute to strike out Tim Tebow, who was batting cleanup for the Mets in a spring training game Friday. You can watch the whole at-bat here:
It looks like Tebow and Scherzer are starting to develop a pattern - last year’s matchup between the two went down the exact same way.
Tebow was able to redeem himself later in the game with his first hit of the year against Nats prospect Erick Fedde. He will likely begin the season with the Double-A Binghamton Rumble Ponies, but Mets GM Sandy Alderson said he believes Tebow will eventually see some at-bats in the Majors.