Cardinals Prospect #20 Donovan Solano

Solano celebrated his 18th birthday on December 17. Player Profile

Position: SS

DOB: 12/17/1987

Height: 5-10

Weight: 185

Bats: R

Throws: R

School: N/A

Became a Cardinal: Signed as a non-drafted free agent on January 14, 2005.

Johnson City (R) .262 145 38 0 11 27 3 14 22 .337 .290
New Jersey (SS) .247 77 19 0 11 7 1 7 12 .341 .312

Staff Comments

JS (25): "Solano has been compared by some scouts to Edgar Renteria at the same age. His stats don't look very good for the 2005 season, but the Cardinals liked him enough to give him a promotion to short-season Class A New Jersey on August 15. Baseball America has said that Solano's defensive actions and knowledge of the strike zone are advanced for a young player."

LM (16): "Solano is one of the more exciting infield prospects in the system. He just missed being named to the Top 20 Prospects in the Appalachian League by Baseball America. 2005 was his first year of professional ball and saw him promoted from Rookie level Johnson City to Short-season A New Jersey. Overall, he went .257/.339/.297/.636, 57-for-222 in sixty-seven games. Solano displayed excellent plate discipline for so young a player by striking out once every 6.53 at bats. He needs to improve his walks and errors but there is a lot to like in a player that just turned 18 on December 17th."

RM (23): "Solano is a young Dominican shortstop who has been described as the second coming of Edgar Renteria. I'm hoping they are talking about the St. Louis version of Edgar as opposed to the Boston version where Renteria committed 30 errors last season. One of the funniest things I've read recently and I'm sorry I don't remember where it was at, but it was that "Renteria won a Gold Glove with his bat". Solano is very smooth in the field and he has good strike zone judgment already. The managers to date have been impressed with his tools and effort. You should expect him to continue to move up in the organization."

BW (24): "Anyone who is a hot-shot young shortstop from Barranquilla, Colombia, is ok with me. As I type this, Solano is celebrating his 18th birthday. Not bad for a guy who signed less than a year ago and earned a promotion from Johnson City to New Jersey. Solano has received good marks for his plate discipline and glove work."

STAFF COMMENTS KEY: Staff Member (Individual Ranking); JS = Jason Scott; LM = Leonda Markee; BW = Brian Walton; RM = Ray Mileur; NR = Not Rated

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