Donovan Solano Preciado
- Bats Right, Throws Right
- Height 5' 10", Weight 185 lb.
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.