The Washington Nationals put the finishing touches on their 40-man roster Nov. 20.
The team selected the contracts of left-handed pitcher Sammy Solis, outfielder Michael Taylor and right-handed pitcher Aaron Barrett. To make room for those players, the Nationals also designated left-handed pitcher Fernando Abad and left-handed pitcher Tyler Robertson for assignment.
The three players added to the roster are now protected from the Rule 5 draft in December. Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo is also showing confidence in a group of players who is expected to become solid contributors to the major league club.
Solis, 25, was the Nationals' second-round selection of the 2010 First-Year Player Draft out of the University of San Diego. He led the Arizona Fall League with five wins and 29 strikeouts. He also posted a 2.17 ERA during seven starts and 29.0 innings.
During three professional seasons and 33 games, Solis, 25, is 10-4 with a 3.20 ERA and is the franchise's sixth-best prospect, according to Baseball America.
Taylor, 22, was the Nationals' sixth-round pick of the 2009 draft out of Westminster Academy in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. He batted .263 with 10 home runs, 87 RBIs and 51 stolen bases during 133 games in 2013 with Single-A Potomac. Taylor also was named to the Carolina League's postseason All-Star team.
He is currently playing winter ball in Puerto Rico, where he has a .378 average, .451 on-base percentage and .578 slugging percentage. He leads the league with a 1.029 OPS.
Barrett, 25, was the Nationals' ninth-round selection of the 2010 First-Year Player Draft out of the University of Mississippi. Regarded as a power pitcher, he struck out 12.3 batters per nine innings for Harrisburg in 2013. Barrett was also second in both the Eastern League and Washington's system with 26 saves. He earned a spot on the Eastern League's midseason All-Star team.
Abad, 27, signed with the Nationals as a minor league free agent Jan. 15. He was a solid contributor to the major league club, finishing with a 3.35 ERA during 39 games.
The Nationals claimed Robertson, 25, off waivers from the Twins in June. He had four wins, two saves and a 3.04 ERA during 47 Triple-A International League games with Syracuse and Rochester in 2013.