Next season will be Miami Marlins second baseman Donovan Solano‘s third season in the major leagues. Although 2013 was his first full season, it was marred by a bounty of injuries which caused him to be off track on the offensive side of the ball. However, once the calendar turns to 2014, it will be up to Solano be a better player than he was in 2013.
Solano got worse defensively as his errors increased with the more games he played this season. His triple slash decreased to .253/.308/.326 and he only had one triple and three stolen bases. However, Solano did drive in more runs (33), has more hits (83) and more doubles (13). If Solano wants to stay with the Marlins for the majority of his career, he is going to have to play better.
Next season will be his chance. He will likely get his contract renewed in the offseason, but he will have to prove himself. There is only one player who is going to give him competition at the position, and that is Derek Dietrich. Dietrich is in line to become the starting second baseman but because he struggled in 57 games this season, Solano solidified the starting spot.
Miami’s starting second base position is up in the air and since Solano has stayed as the starter as he battled injuries, maybe a healthy 2014 can provide him good fortune.