There was no doubt that at the All-Star break, the Miami Marlins were going to need some more production from its second basemen. Donovan Solano was not getting the job done and Derek Dietrich was on and off the disabled list. It was really a bad time for the Marlins as the team sat in the middle of the pack in the National League East. However, since then Solano has gotten a lot better and with the help of Jordany Valdespin, the team has found a nice platoon at the position.
Solano is on pace to finish July at his very best. This month, Solano is batting .370/.424/.426 with four RBIs and 20 hits. Solano also has 23 total bases this month surpassing last month’s mark of nine total bases. His improvement is very important to the future of the position. Solano is not only playing for the spot right now, but he is playing for a roster spot next season as the season is headed toward the home stretch.
On the other end, Valdespin was recalled earlier in the month and is not doing so badly either. He is hitting .235/.278/.294 in his first 19 plate appearances. Valdespin has not seen playing time in the majors since his end with the New York Mets. With Triple-A New Orleans, he was hitting a solid .270 with eight homers and 29 RBIs.
Miami’s solid play at second base is a key sign that its players are getting better. Miami needs both players for the last month of the season.