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Donovan Solano

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Donovan Solano
Donovansolano (cropped).JPG
Solano in 2012
San Francisco Giants – No. 7
Second baseman
Born: (1987-12-17) December 17, 1987 (age 33)
Barranquilla, Colombia
Bats: Right Throws: Right
MLB debut
May 21, 2012, for the Miami Marlins
MLB statistics
(through August 22, 2021)
Batting average.276
Home runs22
Runs batted in181
Career highlights and awards

Donovan Solano Preciado (born December 17, 1987), nicknamed Donnie Barrels,[1] is a Colombian professional baseball second baseman for the San Francisco Giants of Major League Baseball (MLB). Solano signed as an international free agent with the St. Louis Cardinals in 2005. In 2008 he was a mid-season All Star in the Class A-Advanced Florida State League. He made his MLB debut with the Miami Marlins in 2012, and also played for the New York Yankees.

Professional career

Solano was born and raised in Barranquilla, Colombia.[2]

St. Louis Cardinals

Solano with the St. Louis Cardinals in 2010 spring training
Solano with the St. Louis Cardinals in 2010 spring training

Solano signed as an international free agent with the St. Louis Cardinals in 2005. He spent seven seasons in the Cardinals organization as a backup infielder, but never made it to the major leagues with them.[3] In 2008 he was a mid-season All Star with the Palm Beach Cardinals in the Class A-Advanced Florida State League.[4]

Miami Marlins

In 2012, the Miami Marlins invited Solano to spring training as a non-roster invitee.[3] Solano competed for the reserve infielder role with the Marlins, but the job went to Donnie Murphy and Solano was assigned to the New Orleans Zephyrs of the Class AAA Pacific Coast League. He received his first promotion to MLB by the Marlins on May 20, 2012, becoming the 12th Colombian-born player to reach the major leagues, at 24 years of age. On May 23, 2012, he singled in his first career at bat.[5]

Solano's first career major league start was on May 26, 2012, against the San Francisco Giants. He went 2-4 with 2 hits and a run batted in.[6] With the trade of Hanley Ramírez to the Los Angeles Dodgers in July 2012, Solano competed with Donnie Murphy and Greg Dobbs for playing time at third base, as Emilio Bonifacio took over second base following the trade that sent Omar Infante to the Detroit Tigers.[7] After Bonifacio injured his knee, Solano took over second while Murphy, Dobbs, and Gil Velazquez competed to be the starting third baseman. Solano finished the season batting .295/.342/.375 in 285 at bats with 2 home runs, 11 doubles, 3 triples, 28 RBIs, 21 walks, and 7 stolen bases. He was named to the Baseball America Major League All Rookie Team.[4]

The Marlins placed Solano on the disabled list on May 7, 2013, retroactive to May 4. He returned and played in 102 games, batting .249/.305/.316. He batted .316 with runners in scoring position.[8] He was named the Wilson Team Defensive Player of the Year, playing primarily second base.[4][9]

In 2014, he appeared in 111 games for the Marlins, batting .252/.300/.323.[9] In 2015, his last year with Miami, he appeared in only 55 games, splitting time between shortstop, third base, and second base, with a dismal .189 batting average.[10][9]

New York Yankees

On January 9, 2016, the New York Yankees signed Solano to a minor league contract.[11] He spent the 2016 season with the Class AAA Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders, with whom he was a post-season All Star after batting .319 (8th in the International League)/.349/.436 with 33 doubles (tied for 3rd in the league), 7 home runs, 7 sacrifice flies (leading the league), and 67 RBIs (tied for 4th) in 511 at bats.[12] He was promoted to the major leagues on September 18, following an injury to Starlin Castro, and in 22 at bats he hit .227/.261/.455.[4][13] The Yankees outrighted him to Scranton/Wilkes-Barre after the regular season.[14]

He spent the entire 2017 season with Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, hitting .282/.329/.391 with 44 runs, 29 doubles (tied for 9th in the league), four home runs, and 48 RBIs in 373 at bats.[8] He batted .330 with runners in scoring position.[8] Following the season, he played for Tigres del Licey of the Dominican Winter League, hitting .371/.400/.468 in 62 at bats.[8] He elected free agency on November 6, 2017.

Los Angeles Dodgers

On January 19, 2018, the Los Angeles Dodgers signed Solano to a minor league contract. He played in 81 games for the Class AAA Oklahoma City Dodgers of the Pacific Coast League, batting .318./.353/.430 in 314 at bats.[15]

San Francisco Giants

Solano with the San Francisco Giants in 2021
Solano with the San Francisco Giants in 2021

On December 18, 2018, Solano signed a minor league deal with the San Francisco Giants.[16] With the Class AAA Sacramento River Cats of the Pacific Coast League, in 2019 he batted .322/.392/.437 with two home runs and 16 RBIs in 87 at bats.[17] With the Giants in 2019, he batted .330/.360/.456 with 27 runs, four home runs, and 23 RBIs in 215 at bats, and had a line drive rate that led all players in the league with 200 or more at bats (33.9%), as he played primarily second base while also pinch hitting, playing shortstop, and appearing at third base.[17][18][9] In December, he and the Giants agreed to a one-year, $1.375 million contract.[19]

On September 1, 2020, Solano had a career-high 6 RBIs in a 23-5 blowout win over the Colorado Rockies.[20] He ended the 2020 season batting a career-high .326 (5th in the NL)/.365/.463, with a career-high 15 doubles (4th), 3 home runs, 29 RBIs, and 3 sacrifice flies (7th) in 190 at bats in 54 games, which won him the National League's second baseman Silver Slugger Award.[21]

International career

He was a member of Team Colombia in the 2017 World Baseball Classic, along with his brother Jhonatan.[8] Solano went 3 for 14 but Colombia was eliminated in the first round.[22]

Personal life

Solano is a Christian.[23] His brother, Jhonatan Solano, is a catcher who made his debut in 2012 for the Washington Nationals, and currently is a free agent.[24]

See also


  1. ^ "Donovan Solano Stats".
  2. ^ Devoto, Jeff (September 17, 2019). "Solano a nice surprise for Giants | National". Retrieved December 17, 2019.
  3. ^ a b "THE MINORS REPORT: Change good for former Redbird Donovan Solano". The Commercial Appeal. Retrieved October 23, 2012.
  4. ^ a b c d "Donovan Solano Stats, Highlights, Bio". Retrieved November 18, 2019.
  5. ^ Navaroo, Manny. "Miami Marlins top Rockies, Ricky Nolasco moves atop victory list - Miami Marlins". Miami Herald. Retrieved October 23, 2012.
  6. ^ "Miami Marlins promote Coghlan, Solano, DL Bonifacio; Adam Lind status". Sun-Sentinel. May 20, 2012. Archived from the original on June 24, 2012. Retrieved October 23, 2012.
  7. ^ "With Hanley gone, Solano to get time at third | News". July 25, 2012. Retrieved October 23, 2012.
  8. ^ a b c d e "Donovan Solano Stats, Fantasy & News". Retrieved December 17, 2019.
  9. ^ a b c d "Donovan Solano Stats". Retrieved December 17, 2019.
  10. ^ "Donovan Solano Stats". Retrieved November 13, 2019.
  11. ^ "Es un sueño llegar al Real Madrid del béisbol: Dónovan Solano". El Heraldo (in Spanish). January 7, 2016. Retrieved November 13, 2019.
  12. ^ "2016 International League Batting Leaders". January 1, 1970. Retrieved December 17, 2019.
  13. ^ "Lohud Yankees Blog: Yanks add Solano in wake of Castro's injury". September 18, 2016. Retrieved November 13, 2019.
  14. ^ "Lohud Yankees Blog: Roster cleanup continues with Solano outrighted". October 10, 2016. Retrieved November 13, 2019.
  15. ^ "2018 Oklahoma City Dodgers Statistics". Baseball Reference. Retrieved September 16, 2018.
  16. ^ Eddy, Matt (January 12, 2019). "Minor League Transactions: Dec 19 - Jan 10". Baseball America. Retrieved January 12, 2019.
  17. ^ a b "Donovan Solano Minor & Winter Leagues Statistics & History". Retrieved November 13, 2019.
  18. ^ Murphy, Bryan (November 7, 2019). "POLL: Who is the Giants' Batter of the Year for 2019?". McCovey Chronicles. Retrieved December 17, 2019.
  19. ^ "Donovan Solano and Giants agree on contract". FantasyPros. December 3, 2019.
  20. ^ "Giants vs. Rockies - Game Recap - September 1, 2020".
  21. ^ [1]
  22. ^ "Dominican Republic holds off Colombia in 11 innings to advance". March 12, 2017. Retrieved November 6, 2020.
  23. ^ Mercer, Kevin. "S.F. Giants' Donovan Solano leads MLB in batting as he praises God". Sports Spectrum. Retrieved August 9, 2020.
  24. ^ Kilgore, Adam (May 29, 2012). "Jhonatan Solano greets his brother Donovan Solano in the majors with their parents watching". Washington Post. Retrieved October 23, 2012.

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