Donovan Solano
Donovan Solano
33-Year-Old Second Baseman2B
San Francisco Giants
2021 Fantasy Outlook
Solano turned in solid production at the dish for San Francisco in 2020, finishing the year with a .326/.365/.463 slash line to go with three homers and 29 RBI across 54 contests. The second baseman has been locked in over the last two seasons, however, he's yet to show that he can hit above .300 for an entire big-league season. Nonetheless, he's finding success against both right and left-handed pitching, hitting .315 against right-handers (140 plate appearances) and .356 against southpaws in 2020 (62 plate appearances). The 33-year-old isn't likely to bring much power to your fantasy team -- he's hit 16 career home runs -- but he boasts quality contact skills, and he should see plenty of chances to drive in runs hitting in the heart of San Francisco's lineup. Read Past Outlooks
RANKSFrom Preseason
#523
ADP
$Signed a one-year, $3.25 million contract with the Giants in February of 2021.
Clutch homer in return
2BSan Francisco Giants
September 18, 2021
Solano went 1-for-1 with a solo home run and a walk in Friday's 6-5 extra-innings win over Atlanta.
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The 33-year-old missed about three weeks due to COVID-19, but he was able to make a near-instant impact in his return to the big-league roster. Solano's pinch-hit, ninth-inning solo shot forced extra innings, where San Francisco ultimately won on a sacrifice fly by ace starter Kevin Gausman. Through 321 plate appearances, Solano has seven home runs, 31 RBI, 32 runs scored, a pair of stolen bases and a .278/.338/.406 slash line. He's expected to see a short-side platoon role with Tommy La Stella at second base going forward, although Solano could also fill in at shortstop or third base.
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Batting Order Slot Breakdown
vs Right-Handed Pitchers
vs RHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
3
4
3
18
7
5
vs Left-Handed Pitchers
vs LHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
7
5
6
7
4
5
Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2019
 
 
+11%
OPS vs LHP
2021
 
 
+16%
OPS vs LHP
2020
 
 
+8%
OPS vs LHP
2019
 
 
+8%
OPS vs LHP
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2019vs Left .839 305 38 9 31 1 .326 .365 .474
Since 2019vs Right .757 450 43 5 52 1 .295 .344 .412
2021vs Left .814 120 16 5 16 1 .297 .336 .477
2021vs Right .703 205 16 2 15 1 .267 .341 .361
2020vs Left .879 62 7 1 3 0 .356 .387 .492
2020vs Right .811 140 15 2 26 0 .315 .357 .454
2019vs Left .843 123 15 3 12 0 .339 .382 .461
2019vs Right .783 105 12 1 11 0 .320 .333 .450
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2019
 
 
+21%
OPS on Road
2021
 
 
+1%
OPS on Road
2020
 
 
+5%
OPS on Road
2019
 
 
+80%
OPS on Road
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2019Home .716 383 36 6 43 0 .279 .329 .387
Since 2019Away .866 372 45 8 40 2 .337 .377 .488
2021Home .740 152 16 3 16 0 .271 .349 .391
2021Away .749 173 16 4 15 2 .285 .331 .418
2020Home .817 119 13 3 18 0 .309 .353 .464
2020Away .854 83 9 0 11 0 .354 .386 .468
2019Home .582 112 7 0 9 0 .259 .277 .306
2019Away 1.047 116 20 4 14 0 .402 .440 .607
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Stat Review
How does Donovan Solano compare to other hitters?
This section compares his stats with all batting seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 400 plate appearances)*. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that stat and it would be considered average.

* Exit Velocity and Barrels/PA % are benchmarked against 2019 data (min 400 PA) and Hard Hit Rate is benchmarked against last season's data (min 400 PA). See here for more exit velocity/barrels stats plus an explanation of current limitations with that data set.
  • BB/K
    Walk to strikeout ratio
  • BB Rate
    The percentage of plate appearances resulting in a walk.
  • K Rate
    The percentage of plate appearances resulting in a strikeout.
  • BABIP
    Batting average on balls in play. Measures how many of a batter’s balls in play go for hits.
  • ISO
    Isolated Power. Slugging percentage minus batting average. A computation used to measure a batter's raw power.
  • AVG
    Batting average. Hits divided by at bats.
  • OBP
    On Base Percentage. A measure of how often a batters reaches base. Roughly equal to number of times on base divided by plate appearances.
  • SLG
    Slugging Percentage. A measure of the batting productivity of a hitter. It is calculated as total bases divided by at bats.
  • OPS
    On base plus slugging. THe sum of a batter's on-base percentage and slugging percentage.
  • wOBA
    Weighted on-base average. Measures a player's overall offensive contributions per plate appearance. wOBA combines all the different aspects of hitting into one metric, weighting each of them in proportion to their actual run value.
  • Exit Velocity
    The speed of the baseball as it comes off the bat, immediately after a batter makes contact.
  • Hard Hit Rate
    A measure of contact quality from Sports Info Solutions. This stat explains what percentage of batted balls were hit hard vs. medium or soft.
  • Barrels/PA
    The percentage of plate appearances where a batter had a batted ball classified as a Barrel. A Barrel is a batted ball with similar exit velocity and launch angle to past ones that led to a minimum .500 batting average and 1.500 slugging percentage.
BB/K
0.42
 
BB Rate
7.1%
 
K Rate
16.9%
 
BABIP
.318
 
ISO
.127
 
AVG
.278
 
OBP
.340
 
SLG
.405
 
OPS
.745
 
wOBA
.329
 
Exit Velocity
81.4 mph
 
Hard Hit Rate
28.0%
 
Barrels/PA
5.9%
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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2013
After four relatively unremarkable seasons in Miami, Solano joined the Yankees' organization on a minor league deal over the offseason. The 28-year-old spent almost the entire season with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre and hit fairly well, posting a .319 average with 67 RBI before joining the big league team in September. He wasn't overly impressive in that nine-game stint and ultimately elected free agency at the end of the season after being outrighted off the roster. The utility infielder will be 29 years old by the start of the 2017 season, and after performing decently in a somewhat regular role to start his career, Solano hasn't shown much at the plate in the majors over the past two seasons. The clock is likely running out on his chances to win back a major league job, leaving him in an organizational depth once again following a return to the Yankees in January.
Solano once again earned a share of the second base role in Miami during the 2014 season, and finished with totals that were nearly identical to those from his 2013 campaign. Last season, Solano put together a modest .252/.300/.323 slash line over 340 plate appearances while finding his way into the lineup regularly down the stretch. With the Marlins trading for Dee Gordon and Martin Prado, Solano looks set for a utility role this season. Solano's solid defensive work and decent contact rate keep him in the conversation for playing time, but a lack of pop limits his chances to win an everyday role.
Solano got the nod as the Opening Day starter for the Marlins in 2013, but his journey did not exactly go smoothly. He got off to a nice start, batting .278/.333/.324 in 30 games, before hitting the disabled list with an oblique injury in early May. Once healed, Solano took some time to get himself back into an everyday role, but earned the job for the final two months of the season. Solano does a decent job putting the ball in play (84% contact rate) and has the inside track to the Marlins' second base job once again, but he'll be hard-pressed to duplicate the BABIP-fueled .295 average he posted over 285 at-bats in 2011, while Derek Dietrich could prove to be a more viable option to man the keystone.
Solano performed well when given opportunities in 2012, posting a solid .295 average over 285 at-bats while taking over as the Marlins' regular second baseman down the stretch. Though he offers little in the power department, knocking just two home runs on the year, Solano provides defensive versatility and a touch of speed. It's likely that his average last season was buoyed by a fortunate .364 BABIP, but with the Marlins' lack of depth, Solano figures to see plenty of opportunities in 2013. Expectations should be tempered for a guy who has a career .314 OBP over 2,795 minor league at-bats.
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Activated Friday
2BSan Francisco Giants
September 17, 2021
Solano (illness) was activated from the COVID-19 injured list Friday.
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Could return Friday
2BSan Francisco Giants
Illness
September 16, 2021
Solano (illness) could rejoin the Giants as early as Friday against Atlanta, Kerry Crowley of The San Jose Mercury News reports.
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Nearing rehab assignment
2BSan Francisco Giants
Illness
September 10, 2021
Solano (illness) is expected to begin a rehab assignment over the weekend, Alex Pavlovic of NBC Sports Bay Area reports.
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Could return for weekend series
2BSan Francisco Giants
Illness
September 6, 2021
Solano (Illness) could be activated from the COVID-19 injured list ahead of the Giants' three-game road series versus the Cubs that begins Friday, Maria I. Guardado of MLB.com reports.
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Tests positive for COVID-19
2BSan Francisco Giants
Undisclosed
August 26, 2021
Solano tested positive for COVID-19 on Thursday, Andrew Baggarly of The Athletic reports.
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