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What To Make Of Yangervis Solarte

22 Apr

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When Solarte came up with the Twins, he showed promise as a contact hitter. In 2010, as a 22 year old in rookie ball, high-A, and double-A, the infielder hit .292/.328/.401. In his next full season at double-A in 2011, Solarte hit .329/.367/.466. His lack of strikeouts unfortunately came with a lack of both walks and home runs. Yet New Britain Stadium is a notoriously tough ballpark to hit in, and Stat Corner gave the park just a 74 rating for home runs to lefties and a 72 rating for home runs to righties that season. Solarte’s park adjusted wOBA was an impressive .370 in 2011, ever after hitting just 7 home runs.

Despite his strong performance in Double-A, Solarte was granted free agency at the end of 2011 and signed with the Rangers for the next two seasons. Even with a new hitter friendly home ballpark in Dell Diamond, Solarte had a lot of trouble hitting at home. His splits in 2012 had him OPSing .822 on the road, but just .652 at home. Likewise, his right-handed swing produced an .809 OPS that season, while his lefty swing held just a .716 OPS. Of course in 2013, he hit better at home than on the road, OPSing .753 at Dell Stadium and .700 everywhere else. His right-handed swing again outhit his left-handed by a considerable amount, though the majority of his home runs came from the left side.

The more you look at Solarte’s splits, the more back and forth they go. Though he remained very good at making contact over his minor league career, his platoon splits as a switch hitter bounced back and forth year to year. Over his last few years in the minor leagues, Solarte looked like a very tough out, more willing to take a walk, and less willing to take a strike out. His splits indicate that he did this better from the right-handed side of the plate, and from the left-handed side, he was slightly more prone to strike out, as well as poorer contact numbers, but more power. There’s a lack of data to justify this assumption, but it looks like Solarte was a ground ball and line drive hitter from the right-handed side, while he was a fly ball hitter from the left-handed side.

So now we’re in 2014, and Solarte has crushed the ball from both sides in his small sample of spring training and 53 MLB plate appearance. As a left-handed hitter, he owns a .393/.485/.536 slash (33 PA’s), and from the right-handed side, he’s hitting .278/.350/.389 (20 PA’s). Again, we’re seeing more pop from the left-side of the plate, while he’s more contact (less strikeouts and walks) from the right-side. One key difference for Solarte so far is that he’s taken his walks (5 BB’s to 4 K’s) from the left-handed side as well, an indication that he’s laying off bad pitches out of the strike zone.

In terms of contact, Solarte is batting .188 on ground balls, .444 on fly balls, and .833 on line drives. We can actually expect him to get more hits on ground balls going forward, presumably helping him increase his contact rates from the right-side. His line drive rates are a bit lucky, and we’ll probably see that fall slightly to around a .700 average once he gets a larger sample size. His fly ball rates are the most interesting numbers, which is where all 6 of his doubles came from. For someone that’s watched Solarte hit, I wouldn’t call his .444 average on fly balls lucky, however it will not continue. In his first few games, outfielders played Solarte in, as they didn’t expect a career minor league infielder to hit many balls over their heads. He did just that, and the 6 doubles that came in his first 27 plate appearances were all shots to the warning track. As outfielders saw his power, Solarte hasn’t hit an extra base hit since.

Over his last 26 plate appearances, Solarte hit just .227/.346/.227 with 5 singles and 4 walks. He hasn’t looked overmatched though, and as I indicated above, he’s been fairly unlucky with his ground balls. He’ll be a tough out, especially if he continues to take his walks. With a great eye at the plate, he needs to prove that he can make more than just contact with the ball, but hard contact. The Twins and Rangers soured on him because of the lack of power, and over the last 26 plate appearances, we’re seeing exactly that. His early season at bats indicate that he can make that contact, but at what rate?

Solarte looks very much like what we saw from a young Melky Cabrera, and Cabrera’s 2006 .280/.360/.391 slash isn’t out of the question. Given a full season, he probably won’t hit many more than 10 home runs, but a respectable average and on base percentage as a utility infielder could go a very long way for a Yankee team relying on Derek Jeter and Brian Roberts in the middle infield.

 

要。點。概。譯:

2010 ~ 2013年流浪雙城和遊騎兵小聯盟的Solarte是個巧打型打擊者,三振少,保送少,全壘打也少。身為左右開弓打者,他的左右打擊分歧不固定。站右打時,巧打型;站左打時,被三振較多,但也較多砲瓦。雖然樣本數不足以佐證,但Solarte站右打時,看起來是滾地型和飛球型打者;站左打時,擊出飛球比較多。

現在2014年,春訓到4月17日的53次大聯盟打擊小樣本數,顯示他左右打都很猛。站左打時的打擊三圍.393/.485/.536 (33個打數);站右打時的打擊三圍 .278/.350/.389 (20個打數),且他站左打時飛球比較多,而站右打時比較巧打 (少三振和保送)。唯一不同的是目前為止他站左打時也能被保送 (5個保送/4個三振),顯示他不追打壞球

以擊出的球來說,Solarte的滾地球比率是0.188、飛球0.444、平飛球0.8333。因為他站右打時的高擊球率,可以預期他滾地球比率會增加。他的平飛球比率則有點幸運,他打數多一點時,我們可能會看到比率降到0.700。他的飛球比率是最有趣的數字,他的6個二壘安打都是飛球。我不是說他0.444的飛球比運氣好,但應該不會持續下去。在他前幾場比賽時,對方外野手站較淺,因為他們沒有想到一個生涯的小聯盟內野手能把這麼多顆球打那麼遠 (飛過他們的頭頂),但他就是能把球擊那麼遠。Solarte前27個打席出現6隻二壘安打,且全都打到警戒區。隨著外野手知道他的砲瓦後,Solarte再也沒擊出過長打…=.=a

最近26個打席Solarte只打出.227/.346/.227,5隻一壘安打和4次保送,但他看起來沒有被投手壓制,就像我上面講的,他擊出的滾地球都不幸的進入手套。他是個不容易出局的打者,由其是他持續被保送的話。他有好的判斷好壞球能力,他需要證明的是不只能碰得到球,且要把球打得結實。雙城和遊騎兵小聯盟不要他是因為他沒有砲瓦,在他最近26個打席中,我們的確看到這個情況。他季初的打席顯示他的高擊球率,但到底能多高?

Solarte看起來很像年輕的牛奶弟Melky Cabrera。2006年Cabrera的打擊三圍 .280/.360/.391看起來對Solarte來說不是不可能。整季打下來,Solarte可能打不到10隻全壘打,但身為內野工具人,有水準之上的打擊率和上壘率,在仰賴Jeter和Brian Roberts為內野手的洋基隊應該可待長久

 

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AL East Standing (as of April 20th)

21 Apr

I know it’s far too early in the season for this. Only 19 games out of 162 have been played but hey, splitting the series with Rays in Tampa and leaving that “house of horror” with a win, shouldn’t we have something to be cheerful during this off day before heading to Boston to have a 3-game series? Here is where we stand (as of April 20th) in American League East Division:

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Box of Red Sox @ New York (A four-Game Series)!!!

13 Apr

Game 1:

As the P.S. said, Yankees had a nice win, the best so far this reason. Not only did Michael Pineda & David Phelps dominated but also the offense backed up the starter with sufficient run support! XD~

Yankees 4, Red Sox 1

NY Yankees         AB    R    H    RBI     BB      SO    LOB     AVG
Gardner, B, LF    4        0     1    0           0         2        0        .294
Jeter, SS                4        1      2   0           0         0        1         .290
Ellsbury, CF         4        1     1    1            0         0        1         .351
Beltran, RF           3        1     1    0           0         0        1         .273
McCann, C            3        0     1*  1           0          1        0        .167
Soriano, A, DH    3       0     0   0           0          1        1        .182
Johnson, K, 1B    3       0     0   0           0          1        0        .250
Solarte, 3B            3       0     0   0           0          1        0        .387
Anna, 2B                3       1     1    1            0          0       0        .200 <—- first MLB HR!
*McCann had his first HR as a Yankee!*

 
NY Yankees         IP      H    R      ER      BB      SO    HR
Pineda(W, 1-1)    6.0    4    1       1          2                1
Cabral(H, 1)         0.2    0    0      0          0         2         0
Phelps, D(S, 1)     2.1    0    0      0          0         3         0

 

Game 2:

Red Sox 4, Yankees 2

The 2nd should-have-won game this season so far. =’=

BOS     0     0     0     0     0     4     0     0     0         4     7     0

NYY    0     1     0     0     0     0     1     0     0         2     7     0

 

NY Yankees            IP      H    R    ER    BB   SO    HR
Sabathia(L, 1-2)    7.0    6      4           2      9       2
Cabral                       0.0    0     0     0       1      0       0
Warren                     1.0     1     0     0       0      1       0
Betances                  1.0     0    0     0       0      3       0

What a pity! Through 7 innings’ work, C.C dominated 6 but not the 6th! He suddenly got rattled in that inning but settled down again in the 7th. However, enough damaged was made in the 6th inning and Yankees took the bitter loss…=’=

 

Game 3:

Yankees 7, Red Sox 4

NY Yankees        AB    R    H      RBI      BB     SO      LOB    AVG
Gardner, B, LF    5       0    1         0         0         1          2       .275
Roberts, B, 2B    4       0    0         0         0         1          2        .129
Ellsbury, CF        3           2         0         1          1          0       .372
Beltran, DH         4       2     2         2         0          2         3        .268
McCann, C           4       2     2         3         0          1         2        .195
Soriano, A, RF   4       1     2         1          0         0         0        .244
Suzuki, I, RF       0       0    0         0         0         0         0        .444
Johnson, K,         4       1    2         1          0         1          1         .286
Solarte, 3B           4      0    2         0          0         1          1         .359
Anna, SS               4       0    1         0          0         1          2        .214

 

NY Yankees           IP     H    R       ER    BB      SO    HR    ERA
Kuroda(W, 2-1)    6.1    6    4         4*      3         5       1       3.86
Thornton(H, 3)    0.1    1    0         0       0         1       0      0.00
Betances(H, 2)     0.1    0    0         0      0         0      0       0.00
Warren(H, 4)        1.0    0    0         0      0         2      0       0.00
Kelley(S, 2)           1.0     0    0        0      0         0      0       3.38
*Kuroda exited with 2 man on the bases and Thornton sent them both home!*

 

Game 4:

Yankees 3, Red Sox 2
What a win! It’s too intense for April ^^! Yankees held on one run and won the series against Red Sox 3-1. Sweet!

The middle of the line up lifted the offsense and 2 defense “stunts”, Ellsbusy and Ichiro apiece, saved the potential winning run(s) by Sox! What a game indeed!

NY Yankees         AB    R    H    RBI    BB    SO     LOB    AVG
Gardner, B, LF    4        1    2        0       0      0        0        .295
Beltran, RF-1B    4        1    3        2       0      0        1         .311
Ellsbury, CF         4        0          0       0      0        2         .362
Soriano, A, DH    4       0    0       0       0      1         3        .222
McCann, C            3        1    1        0       1       0       0         .205
Solarte, 2B           3        0    1        0       1      0        1          .357
Johnson, K,         3        0    0       0       1       1        4          .263
Cervelli, 1B          2        0    0       1       0      0        2           .188
1-Suzuki,               1        0    0       0      0      0        1            .421
Anna, SS                3       0    0       0      0      0        1            .176

NY Yankees       IP      H    R    ER    BB    SO    HR     ERA
Nova(W, 2-1)    7.1     8    2      2       0      4       1        5.94
Thornton(H, 4) 0.1    0    0     0       0      0      0        0.00
Phelps, D(H, 2)  0.1    1    0     0        1      1      0         5.68
Kelley(S, 3)         1.0    0    0    0       0      2      0         2.84

 

Ivon Nova finally held up a better game in his 3rd start! Though he wasn’t back to the form of awesome 2nd half of 2013, he was on the right track of it. Way to go!

 

Box of Orioles @ New York (Home Opener of 2014!) + Core Four First Pitch (Again ^^!)

10 Apr

Game 1:
Yankees 4, Orioles 2
NY Yankees           IP     H    R    ER      BB    SO      HR   ERA
Kuroda(W, 1-1)    6.1    8     2      2         0      4          0     2.92
Thornton(H, 2)    0.1    0    0      0         0      0         0     0.00
Phelps, (H, 1)        0.1    0    0      0         0      0         0     9.82
Warren (H, 3)        1.0   0    0      0          1      2         0     0.00
Kelley (S, 1)            1.0   0    0      0         0      0         0     0.00

Kuroda’s 2nd strong outing! Phelps also had an important hold while Shawn Kelly had his first career save! Dave Robertson has been on 15-day DL due to grade 1 groin strain. =’=

Again, here is the video link of the momentous first pitch of Core Four in Home Opener!!

 
Game 2:
Orioles 14, Yankees 5
BAL     3     1     0     3     0     4     0     3     0         14  20     0
NYY    1     0     0     3    0     0     0     1     0         5     13     0

Up until the 5th inning, Yankees were still in the game, trailing 7:4 behind the Orioles. However, the O’s pounded hard in the top of the 6th, making the game lopsided and unwatchable…The only good news is that besides the continuing hot streaks of Ellsbury and Solarte, Soriano’s bat seems to come alive!

NY Yankees    AB    R    H    RBI    BB     SO   AVG
Gardner, B,        4     0    1         1       1        2    .269
Jeter, SS              4     0    1        0      0        1    .250
Ellsbury, CF      4     1     3        0      0        0    .414
Suzuki, I, CF      1     0    0        0      0        0    .429
Beltran, RF        5     0    1         1      0        1    .185
Soriano, A,       4     1     2         1      0        0    .192
McCann, C        4     0    0         0      0       0     .172
Cervelli, 1B      4     1     1          0     0        2    .273
Roberts, B,      3     1     1           0     0       o     .174
Johnson, K,     1     1     1          1      0       0     .238
Solarte, 3B      4     0     2         1       0       0    .458

 

Game 3:

Unlike Game 2 Yankees got pounded, Game 3 should have been a win but wasn’t. Too many missed opportunities and runners on the scoring position left on base. Oh well, that happens in the course of the whole reason but as fierce as the competition it is in the AL East, every game counts and every one-run game will be magnified. Here is the score box:

Orioles 5, Yankees 4

BAL     0     3     0     0     0     0     0     0     2         5     12     0
NYY    0     2     0     1     0     0     0     0     1         4     10     1

NY Yankees         IP    H    R    ER    BB    SO    HR   ERA
Tanaka, M           7.0    7    3            1      10      1      3.21
Thornton             0.1    0    0     0       0       1        0     0.00
Warren                 0.2    1    0     0        1       0        0     0.00
Kelley(L, 0-1)    1.0    4    2      2       0       1         0     4.15

Like his first start against Blue Jays, Tanaka ran into some trouble in the first two innings but settled down very well as the game went on. He had 10 strikeouts in 7 innings! As for Shawn Kelly who just got his first career save in Game 1, he didn’t really pitch poorly. Just a few bloops made the O’s jump ahead of the Yankees.

 

PS: Up coming next: Red Sox is coming to town to play a 4-game series over the weekends! As Game 1 just wrapped up, Yankees had a nice win, the best so far this reason. Not only did Michael Pineda & David Phelps dominated but also the offense backed the starter up with sufficient run sopport! XD~

 

Box of Series @ Toronto + Core Four first pitch in Home Opener!

8 Apr

Game 1:

Yankees 7, Blue Jays 3

NYY    2     0     2     1     0     0     0     1     1         7     16     1

TOR     1     2     0     0     0     0     0     0     0         3     6       1

 

Yankees                   IP    H    R    ER    BB     SO      HR    ERA
Tanaka, M              7.0    6    3       2     0        8          1      2.57
Thornton(H, 1)    0.2    0    0       0    0         1          0     0.00
Betances(H, 1)     0.1     0    0      0     2        0          0     0.00
Robertson, D        1.0    0    0      0     0        0          0      0.00

See how Tanaka settled down after the first two innings!! It proves his makeup that we talked about in Season Preview. 🙂

 

Game 2:

Blue Jays 4, Yankees 0

NY Yankees    AB    R    H    RBI    BB    SO
Ellsbury, CF    5       0    3         0     0        1
Jeter, SS            2      0    0         0     2         1
Beltran, RF      4      0    0          0    0         1    
McCann, DH    4      0    0         0    0         1    
Soriano, A,      4      0    0         0    0         1    
Johnson, K,     4      0    0        0     0         1  
Cervelli, C        3      0     2       0     0         0
Solarte, 3B       3     0     2       0     0          1
Anna, 2B           2     0    0       0     0          2
a-Roberts, B    1     0    0        0     1          0

Ellsbury and Solarte continued their hot streaks but the noodle bats in the middle of the lineup were still struggling~ (  ̄ c ̄)y▂ξ

NY Yankees         IP     H    R    ER   BB    SO   HR    ERA
Pineda(L, 0-1)    6.0    5    1          0        5       0       1.50
Nuno                      0.0    0   0      0    1        0       0        0.00
Phelps, D               2.0    3   3       3    0       3       2        10.80

Pineda had such a strong and exciting outing after a two-year loss due to the pitcher kiss-death injury torn labrum…It is hard NOT TO DREAM on him now! XD~ Phleps, the other other hand, appeared completely lost again. He just couldn’t find the rhythm like did in Spring Training…

 

Game 3:

Yankees 6, Blue Jays 4

NY Yankees            IP       H    R    ER   BB    SO  HR
Sabathia(W, 1-1)    6.0    7    4          0       6       1
Warren(H, 2)            1.0   0    0      0    0       0       0
Kelley(H, 2)              1.0   1     0      0    0       0       0
Robertson, D(S, 2)  1.0   1    0      0    1       0       0

C.C had a better game but he was still apparently struggling somewhat. Hope he’ll find his groove in the 3rd game or sooner!

 

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As the home opener wrapped up (Box will be posted later on), here is the video link of the momentous Core Four First Pitch! Enjoy!!

Derek Jeter, Andy Pettitte, Mariano Rivera and Jorge Posada, participate in the ceremonial first pitch at the Yanks’ home opener