Yangervis Solarte earned a spot on the New York Yankees 25-man roster to start the season. He came out looking impressive and for a while, helping fans forget that it was Derek Jeter‘s last season, Robinson Cano had left, Alex Rodriguez had been suspended for the duration of the 2014 season, and Mark Teixeira was not completely healthy. He stole the spotlight, and that is not an easy thing to do in New York.
Since then he has become another household name. The Yankees, a team not known for developing star talent in their farm system and holding onto it, gave fans some hope with Solarte’s beginning of the season outbreak with the bat. However, pitchers got used to Solarte and pitched to his weakness. Solarte could not respond, and his latest slump of hitting .073 since June 10 is enough proof to show that.
But the Yankees could have him take some time and adjust. His bat was enough of a sign that he could be a key asset to the team in the near future. The switch-hitting infielder gives them a utility man that could play just about anywhere in the infield. He played decent defense and was known for showing off his strong throwing arm. With the team not getting any younger, that could come to good use later in the season and next season when many of their infield options are questionable.
The team needs to make decisions that get them out of their latest slump. Solarte’s demotion was a big first step for a team going in the wrong direction. Expect them to make more decisions similar to this and not to stay quiet in the next couple of weeks.