Nationals scout Soler, Rivero in Dominican

Nationals scout Soler, Rivero in Dominican

WASHINGTON -- Center fielder Yoenis Cespedes wasn't the only player the Nationals were scouting in the Dominican Republic this week.

According to a baseball source, general manager Mike Rizzo was also scouting outfielder Jorge Soler, 19, and right-hander Armando Rivero, 23. Both players are from Cuba, and they are both expected to become free agents sometime this offseason.

Soler has power and speed. According to the Washington Post, Soler is a center fielder who most likely will become a corner man.

As for Rivero, his fastball has been clocked as high as 98 mph. He can also throw a slider, split-finger fastball, sinker and changeup.

Bill Ladson is a reporter for and writes an MLBlog, All Nats All the time. He also could be found on Twitter @WashingNats. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.