It’s no question Yangervis Solarte had a great Spring Training; he was the one who took the backup infielder spot from Eduardo Nunez, who had an inside track on it coming into camp in February. However, ever since the actual season began, Solarte has never stopped hitting. He’s been an important piece to the Yankees since Mark Teixeira went on the disabled list, but you have to wonder if he could possibly be the real deal. He has power, he has a great glove (he started a triple play last night to further my point) and he seems to be a go-to guy in clutch situations. Regardless of the answer, everyone has been impressed with Solarte, including manager Joe Girardi.
“He’s done a lot in two weeks, hasn’t he?” Girardi said. “I’m sure he’s probably hoping he doesn’t wake up, in a sense. The kid has been a big boost for us. Someone that found out he was making the team fairly late; not even early enough to take the plane to Houston. He has given us a big boost.”
It’s a sure thing Solarte is going to regress eventually, as every player does during a long season, but at the moment he’s one of the best hitters on the team with a .373 average and he has the most doubles. Solarte achieved his goal of getting to the Major Leagues and he’s gained a pretty big fan base in his short time with the club (myself included). But he knows his focus now is to stay in the Majors and to do his job to the best of his ability.
“All I do is work hard. Work hard, and everything is going to happen. I thank God for that,” Solarte said. “… This is incredible for me. I don’t want to wake up. I want to keep working hard and doing what I’m doing right now.”