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  • Bats Right, Throws Right
  • Height 5' 10", Weight 185 lb.

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Donovan Solano reached the majors with the Miami Marlins in 2012, the same season his brother Jhonatan Solano made it to the bigs.

Solano was signed by scout Neder Horta for the St. Louis Cardinals in 2005. He split the year between the Johnson City Cardinals (.262/.337/.290) and New Jersey Cardinals (.247/.341/.312), fielding .922 overall at shortstop. In 2006, he batted .282/.341/.295 as a utility infielder for the State College Spikes. The next year, Solano was with the Swing of the Quad Cities (.257/.303/.284) and Palm Beach Cardinals (.209/.249/.233), making 28 errors.

In 2008, still just 20 years old, the Colombian infielder hit .286/.349/.351 for Palm Beach and .264/.319/.340 for the Springfield Cardinals. He split 2009 between Springfield (.207/.271/.255 in 64 G) and the AAA Memphis Redbirds (.317/.364/.360 in 52 G). He returned to Memphis for 2010 and hit .255/.283/.333 in regular action.

Solano was the starting shortstop for the Colombian national team for the 2010 Pan American Games Qualification Tournament. He went 3 for 15 with two walks and a triple as Colombia failed to advance to either the 2011 Baseball World Cup or 2011 Pan American Games. He split 2011 between Springfield and Memphis again, hitting .228/.250/.356 in 27 games for Springfield and .284/.336/.397 in 81 for Memphis as a utility infielder.

The Miami Marlins signed Solano as a minor league free agent. He opened 2012 with the New Orleans Zephyrs. Bouncing between 2B and SS, he hit .262/.327/.326 in his first 36 games. He was called up when Emilio Bonifacio got hurt. In his MLB debut, he came in as a 9th-inning defensive sub at second base for Donnie Murphy and turned a double play in a 7-4 win over the Rockies. The next day, he got his first plate appearance, pinch-hitting for Steve Cishek and singling off Josh Roenicke. He was stranded on second base.

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