Donovan Solano Is Proving He’s Number Two
Solano was making uncharacteristic fielding errors while also hitting with an average hovering around .180. Although he looked more confident on the field, as he and Adeiny Hechavarria look like an excellent defensive combo and with his spot basically going unchallenged, he wasn’t quite performing up to expectation.
Although he struggled this year, he has been able to get back on a tear. Currently he is batting .275 on the year, but his success seems to be tied to hitting out of the number two spot. For the year, he is batting .295 in 44 ABs with a .311 OBP and .341 SLG. By contrast, in the #8 spot, he is hitting .172 in 29 ABs.
Last year, Solano seemed to find his groove in the #2 spot, too. He hit .295 and got 105 ABs there. It is starting to look like not only is Solano comfortable hitting out of the two slot, but even Redmond is getting comfortable with him which is critical as this team starts to forge its identity and get a solid lineup going.