The second base position has changed dramatically heading into the 2013 season for the Miami Marlins. For the last two years, Omar Infante has roamed the right side of the infield but after getting shipped to the Detroit Tigers, Donovan Solano has taken his spot.
Starting in the middle of last season, Solano has showed some potential at the second base position and has showed his offensive potential in the lineup that is now surrounded by prospects that no one has heard of, and aging veterans that nobody wanted but the Marlins.
In 93 games for the Marlins in 2012, Solano batted .295/.342/.375 with two home runs and 28 RBIs including 11 doubles, seven stolen bases and 29 runs scored — not bad for his first time at the major league level.
This season, Solano will get to try it again and this time, he will be the full-time second baseman under new manager Mike Redmond. Solano did not really have to fight off Wilson Valdez for the starting spot as the 25-year old was basically guaranteed the position barring an injury.
During Spring Training, Solano batted an outstanding .409/.426/.455 in 47 plate appearances. He contributed seven RBIs and seven runs scored. If there is nothing else to really get excited for this season, you have to be excited for the potential that Solano has and will show.
He is not the most exciting player but from the looks of it, he will get the job done for Miami this season if he is used correctly.