Our Yanks Go Yard series about non-roster invitees continues with a player that has one of the coolest names of the bunch. Yangervis Solarte was signed to a minor-league contract by the Yankees back on January 12th. Solarte is a 26-year old middle infielder from Venezuela that doesn’t come with much power.
In 38 games this winter over in Venezuela, Solarte only had six extra-base hits in 132 at-bats. That being said, he was still able to hit .303 and have an on-base percentage of .348. He has spent the last two seasons in Triple-A Round Rock, which is an affiliate of the Texas Rangers. Last season, Solarte hit .276/.323/.403 with 12 home runs and 75 RBI’s.
Although Solarte is low on the totem pole in terms of his bat, he does come with a lot of position flexibility. In his two seasons at Triple-A, he played 20+ games at second base, third base, shortstop, and left field. His primary position is second base, where he played 88 games and had a .980 fielding percentage.
He will have opportunities considering the Yankees will be looking at plenty of second base/utility infielder options. However, considering he will already be behind Brian Roberts, Eduardo Nunez, Dean Anna, and Scott Sizemore, Solarte will likely start out in the minor leagues.