If you're the scout on the Minnesota Twins that missed on Yangervis Solarte, you might want to update your resume. If you're the scout on the Texas Rangers who missed on Yangervis Solarte, you also might want to update your resume.
If you're the scout on the New York Yankees who convinced Brian Cashman to make the deal with the San Diego Padres to acquire Solarte this past winter, you deserve a promotion and a raise, because the Yankees clearly have found a gem with the young infielder.
Some think Solarte didn't catch on because he wasn't a great fielding shortstop, but even so, how did they miss with his skills at the plate. Because at the same time, Eduardo Nunez was a terrible shortstop and infielder with the Yankees, but he also didn't have the kind of skills at the plate like Solarte does.
With Alex Rodriguez serving a season-long suspension and Robinson Cano signing with the Seattle Mariners, plus Nunez being designated for assignment and then traded to the Minnesota Twins back in April, Solarte has been given every chance in the world to succeed with the Yankees. When he initially made the team out of spring training, he was seen as the replacement for Nunez, but clearly, he was more than just a utility infielder.
The next best thing that happened was Mark Teixeira landing on the DL for 15 days because it forced Joe Girardi to keep Solarte in the lineup and has yet to disappoint his manager and the team and it's showing in the results.
In 34 games, Solarte has a major-league leading .336 average with four home runs and a team-leading 23 RBI. Solarte also has an on-base percentage of .414, so not only is he hitting, but he's finding ways to get on base as well, which is helping the Yankees.
With Solarte playing as well as he has for the Yankees, it softens the blow from Cano leaving and softens the blow of not having A-Rod in the lineup for the season and while he's not on their level as far as super-stardom goes, he's not going away anytime soon either and this isn't lightning in a bottle.
Last year, Zoilo Almonte caught fire for the Yankees and then started to get comparisons to Yasiel Puig, but then the league figured him out and cooled off tremendously to where he got demoted back to the minor leagues; Solarte is not having that happen to him because he's a much better player than Almonte will ever be and right now, Solarte has a future on the Yankees team, whether it be at second base or third base; he likely won't be the shortstop to take over for Derek Jeter next year.
While Solarte continues to wow people with his bat and his skill at the plate, they have to remember that this isn't going away anytime soon because as long as he keeps up the kind of skill be brings to the Yankees, Yangervis Solarte has a place in the Yankees starting lineup for years to come.
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