The numbers might not show it yet, but Vermont Lake Monsters shortstop Wilfredo Solano has an exciting skill-set. The 19-year-old is playing in his first season outside of the Dominican Summer League or the Arizona Rookie League. Through Wednesday, Solano has a .224/.268/.295 line in 52 games for the Vermont Lake Monsters.
A native of Caracas, Venezuela, Solano was signed by the A's to a seven-figure bonus on July 2, 2009 after an impressive amateur career in Venezuela. He has shown great promise during the A's spring training and fall Instructional League camps, but he is still looking to carry over that success from those instructional settings to the regular season.
Donald Moore recently spoke with Solano about his first season with the Lake Monsters and more.
Donald Moore: Hi Wilfredo, how is everything going for you so far this season?
Wilfredo Solano: Very, very good. I feel good here. Right now I'm a little hurt with a quad pull, but I'm good.
DM: How many years do have in the Oakland A's system?
WS: This is my third year.
DM: What do you like best about being a professional ballplayer?
WS: Everything. I love it. That's my dream come true.
DM: What are your goals for this year?
WS: Finish strong you know and go to winter ball [in Venezuela].
DM: What's your greatest strength as a ball player?
WS: I think I'm a good learner. I want to learn everyday a little bit more, that's it.
DM: Any pregame routines?
WS: In the warmups, I always do some different skills and hit.
DM: Favorite thing you like to do off the field?
WS: Rest. In this league, take advantage of the rest time.
DM: Favorite team growing up?
DM: Favorite player?
WS: Derek Jeter.
DM: If there is one person who taught you the most about baseball, who would that be?
WS: Besides my dad, one of my first coaches in Venezuela.
DM: Craziest thing you ever saw out on a baseball field?
WS: Every day there is something new. Two triple plays in one game.
DM: Where do you see yourself five years from now?
WS: Covering center field.
DM: Thank so much for your time and the best of luck to you.
WS: Thank you.