Even with Rafael Furcal and Derek Dietrich, Donovan Solano magically made his way back into the Miami Marlins’ starting lineup. Well, it wasn’t so magical. Furcal has only played nine games for the Marlins between disabled list stints, and Dietrich has yet to really find his stride with the club. It is up to Solano now to take the reigns at second base.
Solano is batting a meager .231/.278/.287 with 12 RBIs and three doubles in 108 at bats. He has not really played his best baseball for Miami this season even with all the time out of the majors waiting for Furcal and Dietrich to slip up. Solano has not made the most of his playing time, especially since he is hitting behind Christian Yelich in the batting order.
Because of his struggles, Ed Lucas has platooned for left-handed pitching while Solano is in the order for right-handed pitching. If the struggles continue for Solano, Lucas could see most of the playing time at second base for the Marlins and rightfully so.
The Marlins have a big problem in the infield with no real major league ready prospects to come up and make their debuts yet. Miami does have Jordany Valdespin in the system, so don’t be surprised if he gets a chance due to Solano’s struggles and the injuries to the infield. The Marlins going to need to solve this problem at second base soon.