Donovan Solano

Donovan Solano

36-Year-Old Second Baseman2B
San Diego Padres
2024 Fantasy Outlook
Solano was signed late in the spring as an extra utility option but his bat worked his way into the lineup and he became the primary first baseman for much of the season. "Donnie Barrels" is able to put the bat on the ball as he was in the 99th percentile for hitting the sweet spot on the bat and 87th percentile in xBA (both per Baseball Savant), though curiously 27th percentile in barrel percentage. While Solano can hit for average and has an above-average on-base percentage, he lacks power with just five home runs and a .112 ISO. That's not enough power to play first base for most teams, but the Twins had several injuries at the position. Solano is passable as a second baseman and can play third in a pinch, but his lack of a premium glove limits his upside. He also has little speed to help his fantasy value. He'll compete for a similar utility role this spring. Read Past Outlooks
RANKSFrom Preseason
#600
ADP
$Signed a one-year contract with the Padres in April of 2024.
Contract selected by Friars
2BSan Diego Padres
May 5, 2024
The Padres selected Solano's contract from Triple-A El Paso on Sunday.
ANALYSIS
The 36-year-old joined San Diego on a minor-league deal in mid-April and will join the big club after he posted an .847 OPS in 12 games with El Paso. Solano isn't likely to see significant playing time, especially following the Padres' acquisition of Luis Arraez.
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Batting Order Slot Breakdown
vs Right-Handed Pitchers
vs RHP
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vs Left-Handed Pitchers
vs LHP
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Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2022
 
 
+1%
OPS vs LHP
2024
 
 
+35%
OPS vs RHP
2023
 
 
+3%
OPS vs RHP
2022
 
 
+9%
OPS vs LHP
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2022vs Left .753 259 19 3 26 0 .293 .347 .406
Since 2022vs Right .744 521 47 6 37 0 .281 .365 .379
2024vs Left .728 17 0 0 0 0 .313 .353 .375
2024vs Right .984 9 1 0 1 0 .429 .556 .429
2023vs Left .746 153 9 2 15 0 .286 .346 .400
2023vs Right .766 297 34 3 23 0 .280 .380 .386
2022vs Left .770 89 10 1 11 0 .301 .348 .422
2022vs Right .704 215 12 3 13 0 .277 .335 .369
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2022
 
 
+15%
OPS at Home
2024
 
 
+106%
OPS at Home
2023
 
 
+3%
OPS at Home
2022
 
 
+29%
OPS at Home
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2022Home .800 389 33 5 33 0 .306 .378 .422
Since 2022Away .695 391 33 4 30 0 .264 .340 .355
2024Home 1.292 8 0 0 0 0 .500 .625 .667
2024Away .627 18 1 0 1 0 .294 .333 .294
2023Home .771 235 23 2 21 0 .295 .374 .396
2023Away .748 215 20 3 17 0 .267 .363 .385
2022Home .821 146 10 3 12 0 .316 .370 .451
2022Away .634 158 12 1 12 0 .255 .310 .324
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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.
  • Expected BA
    Expected Batting Average.
  • Expected SLG
    Expected Slugging Percentage.
  • Sprint Speed
    The speed of a runner from home to first, in feet per second.
  • Ground Ball %
    The percentage of balls put in play that are on the ground.
  • Line Drive %
    The percentage of balls put in play that are line drives.
  • Fly Ball %
    The percentage of balls put in play that are fly balls.
BB/K
0.40
 
BB Rate
7.7%
 
K Rate
19.2%
 
BABIP
.444
 
ISO
.043
 
AVG
.348
 
OBP
.423
 
SLG
.391
 
OPS
.814
 
wOBA
.369
 
Exit Velocity
85.5 mph
 
Hard Hit Rate
16.7%
 
Barrels/PA
0.0%
 
Expected BA
.264
 
Expected SLG
.339
 
Sprint Speed
21.9 ft/sec
 
Ground Ball %
22.2%
 
Line Drive %
38.9%
 
Fly Ball %
38.9%
 
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Latest Fantasy Rumors
Working out in Florida
2BFree Agent
April 10, 2024
According the Andrew Baggarly of The Athletic, Solano is working out in Miami in hopes of signing a big-league contract.
ANALYSIS
The 26-year-old spent last season in Minnesota and had a .282/.369/.391 slash line in 134 games, but he was unable to secure a contract for 2024 over the winter. Solano has an above-average 112 wRC+ over the past five seasons, but there apparently isn't much interest in a high-average, low-power bat that's best suited for playing the corner infield. He seems likely to latch on somewhere at some point this season, though he may have to settle for a minor-league deal.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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Solano spent the 2022 campaign with the Reds after spending the three previous seasons with the Giants, and the 35-year-old slashed .284/.339/.385 with four homers and 24 RBI over 304 plate appearances. The right-handed-hitting infielder has shown the ability to hit for average with a .301 clip over the last four seasons, but he's homered just 18 times over 316 games in that timeframe while stealing just two bases. Solano should be a utility option for the Twins that sees time all over the infield, particularly against left-handed pitching, but he profiles as a one-category player for the 2023 season.
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.
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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Signs MiLB deal with San Diego
2BSan Diego Padres
April 15, 2024
The Padres signed Solano to a minor-league contract Monday, Kevin Acee of The San Diego Union-Tribune reports.
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Perfect at plate
2BMinnesota Twins
September 26, 2023
Solano went 4-for-4 with one double and three runs scored in Tuesday's victory over the Athletics.
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Sitting out Wednesday
2BMinnesota Twins
September 6, 2023
Solano is not in the lineup for Wednesday's game in Cleveland.
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Sits in series finale
2BMinnesota Twins
September 3, 2023
Solano is out of the lineup for Sunday's game against the Rangers, Aaron Gleeman of The Athletic reports.
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Swats homer in four-hit game
2BMinnesota Twins
September 2, 2023
Solano went 4-for-5 with a home run and three RBI in a 9-7 extra-inning win over Texas on Saturday.
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