When the New York Yankees went into the season, they knew they were going to be without superstar third baseman Alex Rodriguez due to steroid abuse. However, they could not have seen that he would be replaced by someone who could make fans forget that No. 13 will be back in 2015. That player is journeyman Yangervis Solarte.
Solarte played eight minor league seasons under the Minnesota Twins and Texas Rangers before getting his big break with the Yankees. Competing in spring training with a handful of players, the switch hitting infielder got the nod to be on the 25-man roster when the season broke. Since then, he has made the team management feel great about the decision.
His numbers .311/.390/.480 are excellent early on in the season. Time and time again the rookie sensation came through clutch for the Yankees. He has hit game winners, clutch ninth innings hits, started a triple play and continues to not waste a moment he has in the major leagues. That is exactly what the Yankees need. The team is not known for having minor league depth and need players like Solarte to come up and make a big splash to have an exciting future.
Another big note with Solarte is when A-Rod is reinstated, the Yankees could use him to fill voids they will have within the infield in the future. He could play a similar role to the Tampa Bay Rays utility man Ben Zobrist. If his production stays as good as it has been early on, expect to see the player in pinstripes for quite some time, doing big things for the successful franchise.