Miami Marlins: Who is Yoffry Solano, and why should you know?

MIAMI, FL - MARCH 28: (Photo by Mark Brown/Getty Images)
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With the International Signing Period set to open on Saturday, January 15, the Miami Marlins are reportedly set to sign yet another Top 50 international prospect in 2022.

After signing shortstop Yiddi Cappe, Miami’s now No. 15 prospect and one of the top international prospects available last January (ranked No. 10 international prospect in 2021), the Marlins are reportedly the favorite to make yet another splash when the signing period opens in the coming days.

Miami Marlins are reportedly the favorite to sign Yoffry Solano

As you can likely tell by now, the Miami Marlins according to MLB Pipeline are the favorite to sign 17-year-old shortstop Yoffry Solano.

A native of Nizao, Dominican Republic, Solano is one of the multiple exciting young middle infield prospects available in this years international signing class, with scouting grades that are average to above-average across the board.

Yoffry Solano Scouting Grades (courtesy of MLB Pipeline):

  • Hit: 50
  • Power: 50
  • Run: 55
  • Arm: 50
  • Field: 50
  • Overall: 50

Rated as the No. 44 overall international prospect by MLB Pipeline, Solano projects as an everyday starter at shortstop in the future, and is already one the more polished middle infielders available.

A switch-hitter, Solano displays an impressive combination of hitting for both average and power, as well as strong recognition of the strike zone. Displaying above-average speed, Solano uses that speed to not only make an impact on the basepaths, but also defensively where he is an impressive athlete with a strong arm.

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If the Miami Marlins were to sign Solano in the coming days, the 17-year-old would join the list of notable international free agent signings by the club in recent years joining the Mesa brothers (2018), Jose Salas (2019), and the previously mentioned Cappe (2021). While his major league ETA would likely be years from now, Solano would instantly become one of the top overall prospects in Miami’s system.