Yangervis Solarte
Yangervis Solarte
31-Year-Old Second Baseman2B
San Francisco Giants
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Last offseason, Solarte was dealt from a logjam in San Diego to Toronto. With Devon Travis and Josh Donaldson both missing significant time, Solarte received his usual allotment of action, topping 500 plate appearances for the fourth time in five seasons. Despite a move to a more hitter-friendly venue, Solarte’s slash line dipped across the board as his plate skills declined in tandem with a hard-hit rate falling well below average. Further denting Solarte’s fantasy potential is he doesn’t run. Having second- and third-base eligibility seems nice, but all it really means is Solarte is below average at two positions. His role entering 2019 is unclear after the Blue Jays non-tendered him. Solarte's offense is no longer strong enough to mask defensive deficiencies across the infield. His days as a useful back-end reserve providing roster flexibility are likely over, at least in mixed leagues. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a one-year, minor-league contract with the Giants in February of 2019. Contract is worth $1.75 million at the major-league level.
Reaches deal with Giants
2BSan Francisco Giants  NRI
February 15, 2019
Solarte signed a minor-league contract with the Giants on Friday, Robert Murray of The Athletic reports.
The Blue Jays declined to tender Solarte a contract in November, making him a free agent after the worst offensive performance of his major-league career with a .226/.277/.378 slash line. The 31-year-old played all four infield spots with Toronto last season and is likely to battle with the likes of Pablo Sandoval for a utility role in San Francisco. According to Jon Heyman of FancredSports.com, Solarte will receive $1.75 million, plus additional incentives, if he sticks in the majors.
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Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2016
Since 2016vs Left .669 419 44 13 51 0 .232 .286 .383
Since 2016vs Right .751 1042 110 37 138 5 .264 .319 .432
2018vs Left .692 172 20 8 23 0 .225 .273 .419
2018vs Right .636 334 30 9 31 1 .227 .279 .357
2017vs Left .564 142 13 2 11 0 .211 .275 .289
2017vs Right .794 370 36 16 53 3 .272 .330 .464
2016vs Left .772 105 11 3 17 0 .271 .324 .448
2016vs Right .819 338 44 12 54 1 .291 .346 .472
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OPS at Home
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Since 2016Home .729 699 75 24 96 2 .258 .312 .417
Since 2016Away .727 762 79 26 93 3 .252 .307 .419
2018Home .735 252 24 12 34 1 .246 .286 .449
2018Away .575 254 26 5 20 0 .207 .269 .306
2017Home .697 240 24 8 30 1 .245 .313 .384
2017Away .760 272 25 10 34 2 .264 .316 .444
2016Home .758 207 27 4 32 0 .287 .343 .415
2016Away .851 236 28 11 39 1 .286 .339 .512
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How does Yangervis Solarte compare to other hitters?
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Recent RotoWire Articles Featuring Yangervis Solarte
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
Solarte posted his lowest batting average at the major-league level in 2017, losing more than 30 points off his mark from 2016. He added back to his contact rate, posting the 10th-lowest strikeout rate among qualified hitters (11.9 percent), but the quality of that contact wasn't great. The switch-hitter turned in a modest 31.1 percent hard-hit rate and 3.1 barrels per plate appearance, with his xBA coming in 10 points lower than his actual mark. While Solarte hit more homers than ever, it was a modest number in context with the rest of the league. Solarte will turn 31 in the summer and he's never walked much (7.5 percent career BB%), so while he is eligible at three positions, there's not enough in his offensive profile to justify aggressively targeting him. Toronto traded for him this winter in an effort to add depth around the oft-injured Troy Tulowitzki and Devon Travis. Barring a Josh Donaldson trade, this should lead to fewer at-bats for Solarte in 2018.
Solarte's production reached career-high levels across the board in 2016, as he hit a personal-high 15 homers despite playing just 109 games. Although he struck out at a slightly higher clip (14.2 percent strikeout rate), Solarte's slash line was right in line with his second-half numbers from 2015 (.292/.336/.470), pointing to the possibility of a new baseline going forward. Padres manager Andy Green deployed Solarte as his No. 3 or No. 4 hitter in the majority of his starts, an arrangement that may continue in 2017. The switch-hitting infielder has shown consistent splits against lefties and righties, with a mere 20-point difference in his OPS between them. After appearing in just 15 games at second base last season, Solarte will lose eligibility at the keystone in many leagues to begin 2017, but he has the potential to deliver 20 homers from the hot corner if he pushes closer to the 152 games he racked up in 2015.
Not much was thought of the trade that sent Solarte to San Diego near the trade deadline in 2014 because it was assumed we’d seen his best. After a hot start for the Yankees, he cooled off and never warmed up power-wise for the Padres that season. He was an afterthought in 2015 drafts that ended up being one of the better in-season pickups as he provided good value as a cornerman and picked up middle-infield eligibility during the season. Solarte is a switch-hitter on paper, but the numbers suggest he would be better off focusing on hitting from the left side where he hit .289/.333/.473 versus .203/.275/.271 from the right side of the plate. Solarte’s value is limited because he doesn’t excel in any one area but he does qualify at multiple positions and is likely to once again pick up second base eligibility during the season. He is endgame material in mixed league formats and more desirable in NL-only leagues.
After signing a minor league deal with the Yankees last January, Solarte took full advantage of the opportunity, snagging a utility infield gig from the projected frontrunner, Eduardo Nunez, out of spring training. Earning most of the starts at third base in April and May, Solarte backed up the usage, contending for the AL batting lead for a time before settling for a .299 average, six home runs, 26 RBI, and 22 runs in 174 at-bats after two months. However, a sustained slump soon emerged, triggering a demotion and eventual switch of coasts via the Chase Headley trade with San Diego. Solarte immediately found the National League accommodating, as he was able to maintain a .267/.336/.355 line, while earning 41 starts at third (as well as a handful at the keystone and in left field) across 56 games. Solarte will try to win San Diego's third base job again this spring over Will Middlebrooks and Cory Spangenberg, but he's shown he can be productive in a utility role.
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Cast off roster
2BFree Agent  NRI
November 30, 2018
The Blue Jays declined to tender a contract to Solarte for the 2019 season.
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Has 2019 option declined
2BToronto Blue Jays  NRI
October 31, 2018
The Blue Jays declined Solarte's 2019 club option Wednesday.
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Sitting again Sunday
2BToronto Blue Jays  NRI
September 30, 2018
Solarte is out of the lineup for Sunday's game against the Rays, Mike Wilner of Sportsnet 590 The Fan reports.
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Out of Saturday's lineup
2BToronto Blue Jays  NRI
September 29, 2018
Solarte is not in the lineup for Saturday's game against the Rays, Hazel Mae of Sportsnet reports.
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Takes seat vs. Astros
2BToronto Blue Jays  NRI
September 26, 2018
Solarte is out of the lineup against Houston on Wednesday, Ben Nicholson-Smith of Sportsnet.ca reports.
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