Yangervis Solarte has hit a road block in his development. After going from phenom to fraud in record time, the third baseman has reportedly been demoted to triple-A Scranton.
A non-roster invitee who miraculously caught on in New York, Solarte captured the imagination of Yankee fans with a two-month run where he batted .299 with 6 homers and 29 RBI. And then the scouting report got around and he hit just .162 in his subsequent 22 games.
Now Solarte will get a chance to return to Scranton and get it figured out. The Yankees will replace him with infielder Zelous Wheeler, who was hitting .299 in the minors.
Solarte’s sudden downfall gives us another opportunity to remind everyone of how fraudulent a great early run in a player’s career can sometimes be. When no pitchers have seen a guy, he has a huge advantage over those pitchers. And after pitchers have seen him and know where the holes are in his swing? That information circulates faster than a bad joke at work.
Before you know it, the unstoppable guy is getting stopped. Solarte will now have to adjust and try to get back. We’ll see if he can do it.