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Blue Jays mid-term report card: Grade Yangervis Solarte’s first half

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There is a bit of Blue Jays news this morning. Jonathan Davis was promoted from New Hampshire to Buffalo. The bad part, Dalton Pompey and Andrew Guillotte went the other way.

Davis was hitting .302/.386/.443 with 19 steals.


Like Aledmys Diaz, Yangervis Solarte was signed to improve our bench, and, like Diaz, Solarte hasn’t spent much time on our bench. He’s started 88 of our 91 games.

Unlike Diaz and virtually every other Blue Jays player, Solarte got off to a good start, hitting .250/.348/.500 in April. He hasn’t been quite as good since. From May 1 to yesterday, he’s hitting .247/.288/.414.

What’s changed? In April he had 14 walks, since then he’s had 14 walks in more than twice as many at bats. I guess he got the memo that Jays players don’t walk. And, in April he had 7 homers, since then he’s had 9.

In all he’s hitting .248/.306/.438 with 16 home runs, 28 walks and 51 strikeouts.

Solarte leads the team in home runs and he also leads the AL in double play ground outs.

Defensively, he seems averageish at all the infield spots. FanGraphs doesn’t like his defense at third (-11.6 UZR/150). Maybe he doesn’t have the arm you’d like to see from that spot. I think he’s best at second, but we need him at third right now.

He is fun to have on the team. I do like the dancing. I like players that have fun. I figure if you can’t have fun playing baseball, I can’t imagine where you could have fun.

Poll

For the first half I would grade Yangervis Solarte an

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  • 8%
    A
    (100 votes)
  • 28%
    B+
    (325 votes)
  • 30%
    B
    (351 votes)
  • 21%
    B-
    (242 votes)
  • 7%
    C+
    (81 votes)
  • 2%
    C
    (26 votes)
  • 0%
    C-
    (8 votes)
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    D+
    (2 votes)
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    D
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    D-
    (2 votes)
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