Yangervis Solarte, Third Base, San Diego Padres, #26
Date of Birth: 7/7/1987
Birthplace: Valencia, Venezuela
Current Salary: $2,625,000
Yangervis Solarte, third baseman for the San Diego Padres, was first signed by the Minnesota Twins in 2005. After being in the Twins' minor league system from 2006 through 2011, he signed a minor league contract with the Texas Rangers in December, 2011. He continued to play in the minor leagues through the 2013 season, finishing with a .286 batting average.
Solarte became a free agent after the 2013 season and he signed a minor league contract with the New York Yankees. He went to the Yankees 2014 Spring training as a non-roster invitee and he played so well that he replaced Eduardo Nunez as a regular roster utility infielder.
On July 22, 2014, Solarte was traded to the San Diego Padres. He finished the 2014 season with 122 hits, 19 doubles, 48 RBIs, 58 strikeouts to 53 walks, and a .260 batting average in 75 games with the Yankees and 56 games with the Padres.
Solarte played in 152 games with the Padres in 2015. He finished the season with 142 hits, 33 doubles, 14 home runs, 63 RBIs, and a .270 batting average. As a third baseman, he made 130 assists, 11 double plays, 44 putouts, and 6 errors in 92 games. He also played 28 games at first base and 19 games at second base.
In 2016, Solarte batted .286 with 116 hits, 26 doubles, 15 home runs, and 71 RBIs in 109 games. Defensively, as the Padres' third baseman in 95 games, he made 190 assists, 59 putouts, and 9 errors.
Career batting statistics for Solarte through 2016 include:
- 392 games played
- 380 hits
- 78 doubles
- 182 RBIs
- 177 strikeouts to 117 walks
- .271 batting average
Career fielding statistics for Solarte at third base through 2016 include:
- 298 games played
- 475 assists
- 49 double plays
- 164 putouts
- 27 errors
- .959 fielding percentage
Solarte's uncle, Roger Cedeno, was a major league outfielder from 1995 through 2005. He played for the Los Angeles Dodgers, New York Mets, Houston Astros, Detroit Tigers, and St. Louis Cardinals.
Solarte's wife passed away from cancer complications on September 17, 2016.