Feb 26, 2014; Bradenton, FL, USA; New York Yankees second baseman Yangervis Solarte (89) hits a 2-run home run during the second inning against the Pittsburgh Pirates at McKechnie Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Solarte Opening Eyes Through Early Days Of Spring

Yangervis Solarte. Ever heard of him? If not, let’s tell you a little bit about him. Yangervis Solarte is a 26-year-old utility man from Venezuela. He has bounced around the minors since 2006, first playing in the Twins’ organization, and then in the Rangers’. However, he has never made it further than Triple-A, therefore, he has never played a game in the majors.

That may be about to change. The Yankees signed Solarte to a minor league deal last month, hoping to get a “diamond in the rough.” So far, it has paid off.  Solarte has gone 4-for-5 (good for an .800 average), with two home runs, three runs scored, and five RBI to date. While you shouldn’t get too excited about these numbers seeing as how early it is, they shouldn’t be overlooked either. In addition to the offensive outburst, Solarte has also shown some defensive ability in the infield. If he does make the roster, ideally, he would either be coming off the bench as the backup to Brian Roberts at second, or he would either be the backup to, or be part of a platoon with Kelly Johnson at third. Coming into Spring Training, no one really gave Solarte any kind of shot, or even a second thought.

Now, he has made the fans, the media, and the Yankees aware of his presence, and has surely pushed himself into the running as a dark horse candidate to make the team. So don’t be surprised if you hear “Yangervis Solarte,” announced over the PA System at Yankee Stadium, come their first home game on April 7th…

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