Photo courtesy Bill Scheuerman
Second-round draft pick Sammy Solis is pitching in the Arizona Fall League.
Bryce Harper, the No. 1 overall pick in this summer's draft, is not on the Scottsdale Scorpions' roster as the league begins. That could still change if general manager Mike Rizzo decides the young outfielder (who turns 18 on Saturday) is ready for the challenge, but that seems unlikely at this point.
Rizzo and Nats manager Jim Riggleman were among the team officials who saw Harper and others play in the Florida instructional league last week. Though the top draft pick had his moments during his first taste of professional baseball, most who saw him firsthand don't believe he's advanced enough to face the top talent that will be playing in Arizona.
So the seven players who will represent the Nationals in Scottsdale are right-handers Adam Carr, Cole Kimball and Brad Peacock, left-hander Sammy Solis, catcher Derek Norris, infielder Steve Lombardozzi and outfielder Michael Burgess.
Carr, a 26-year-old reliever, is the only one from the group who has played at Class AAA Syracuse. Kimball, Peacock, Lombardozzi and Burgess all finished the season at Class AA Harrisburg. Norris (who played at high-Class A Potomac) and Solis (this year's second-round pick who pitched briefly at low-Class A Hagerstown) received the Nats' two exemptions for players who have not yet reached Class AA.
The Scorpions are managed by Harrisburg's Randy Knorr.