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Yangervis Solarte
Birthdate: 7/7/1987 (29 y, 8 m, 20 d)     Bats/Throws: B/R     Height/Weight: 5-11/176     Position: 3B
Contract: $7.5M / 2 Years (2017 - 2018) + 2 Option Years
RotoWire News: Solarte was back in the Padres lineup Monday, going 1-for-3 in a win over the Rangers. (3/21/2017)
Profiles:  2015  2016  2017  (Click Year to Expand / Close)
Profile: In some ways, 2016 was a breakout for Solarte. Despite logging nearly a quarter fewer plate appearances than he did in 2015, Solarte posted career highs in both offensive and defensive WAR, isolated slugging, batting average, homers, and RBI. In fact, had he remained healthy, he could have been considered one of the great stories in fantasy and a lone bright spot for the Padres; his 2016 line over 600 plate appearances prorates to .286/.341/.467 with 20 homers and 170 runs and RBI combined. For the second consecutive season, Solarte cut his ground ball rate while increasing his hard-hit rate, no doubt leading to the aforementioned career-high isolated power. On the downside, it appears he's eschewed his discerning approach to balls and strikes that he so promisingly exhibited in his 2014 debut with the Yankees; 2016 represented career highs in both chase and whiff rates. Still, Solarte isn't totally void of plate discipline and strikes out infrequently enough that we can live with his newfound aggressiveness. Actually, we should prefer it given his improved power output and that he continues to maintain strong contact rates. (Rylan Edwards)  

The Quick Opinion: Going back to the second half of 2015, the Padres' switch-hitter has been 20% better than the league according to weight runs created, giving us over 700 plate appearances of strong production. Don't let Solarte's injury-shortened 2016 cause him to slip through your fingers. He's a top sleeper at second base with eligibility to play third and possibly more as the season progresses.

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