Washington Nationals roster review: Jhonatan Solano

Washington Nationals roster review: Jhonatan Solano
November 12, 2013, 1:00 pm
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Age on Opening Day 2014: 28

How acquired: Signed as amateur free agent, Sept. 2005

MLB service time: 1 year, 27 days

2013 salary+bonuses: N/A

Contract status: Arbitration-eligible in 2016, free agent in 2019

2013 Stats: 24 G, 50 PA, 48 AB, 2 R, 7 H, 2 2B, 2 RBI, 2 BB, 7 SO, .146 BA, .180 OBP, .188 SLG, .368 OPS, -0.4 WAR

2013 analysis: Jhonatan Solano had three separate stints in Washington during the 2013 season, but appeared in just 24 games. That’s because even with Wilson Ramos out for the first two call-ups, the Nats preferred to keep Solano as the backup on the bench. As a result, Solano only appeared in 64 games this year across the major leagues and Triple-A Syracuse. For much of the year he was basically watching from the Nats’ dugout.

The dropoff when Solano started was clear from even Kurt Suzuki as the Nats went 4-8 in games ‘The Onion’ started. He caught 12 games as the starter and batted just .125 with a .296 OPS. It was a bit of a tough assignment for Solano, however, given his inconsistent playing time all season.

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