Originally written on Pirates Prospects  |  Last updated 11/16/14
ALI SOLIS CATCHER   Born: September 29, 1987 Height: 6’0″ Weight: 175 Bats: Right Throws: Right Signed: Int’l Free Agent, 2005 (Padres) How Acquired: Waiver Claim (from Padres) Country: Mexico Agent: N/A WTM’S PIRATE PLAYER PROFILES The Pirates claimed Solis off waivers from San Diego.  He appears to have been nothing more than an organizational catcher with them, playing sparingly until 2010 and only semi-regularly after that.  He never hit much until 2011 and, since he got past low A, his plate discipline has been very poor.  He must be extremely slow, as he’s attempted only three stolen bases in the minors.  He appears to be a good defensive player and has caught 34% of base stealers in his career. 2006 R:  250/333/339, 56 AB, 5 2B, 7 BB, 10 K Solis played sparingly in his first year in rookie ball.  He threw out 42% of base stealers. 2007 R:  253/362/304, 79 AB, 4 2B, 11 BB, 21 K A-:  200/200/800, 5 AB, 1 HR, 1 K Solis returned to rookie ball and got a little more playing time.  He drew enough walks to have a good OBP but showed no power. 2008 A-:  323/432/484, 31 AB, 2 2B, 1 HR, 4 BB, 7 K A:  159/260/265, 113 AB, 6 2B, 2 HR, 14 BB, 40 K Solis got into only 43 games, 35 of them in low A.  He drew some walks, but hit very little and struck out a lot.  He threw out 37% of base stealers. 2009 A:  208/278/500, 48 AB, 2 2B, 4 HR, 4 BB, 14 K A+:  203/248/319, 138 AB, 4 2B, 3 3B, 2 HR, 7 BB, 37 K, 1-1 SB AA:  148/179/148, 27 AB, 1 BB, 10 K  Solis appears to have continued as a backup catcher, splitting time between three levels with the bulk of it at high A.  He didn’t hit at all, even in the California League, and what patience he had at the plate evaporated.  He threw out 43% of base stealers in high A. 2010 A+:  270/308/622, 37 AB, 1 2B, 4 HR, 2 BB, 10 K AA:  111/158/111, 18 AB, 5 K MEX:  382/411/618, 68 AB, 5 2B, 1 3B, 3 HR, 4 BB, 12 K, 0-2 SB Solis got into only 23 games in the Padres organization.  They loaned him to a Mexican League team and he played another 21 games there. 2011 AA:  263/308/396, 255 AB, 14 2B, 1 3B, 6 HR, 12 BB, 65 K AAA:  211/231/263, 38 AB, 2 2B, 1 BB, 14 K Solis spent most of the season in AA.  He played about half the time and finally started to show some progress with the bat, although his plate discipline remained very poor. 2012 AA:  283/307/419, 329 AB, 25 2B, 1 3B, 6 HR, 11 BB, 77 K, 1-2 SB MLB:  000/000/000, 4 AB, 2 K Back in AA as a semi-regular, Solis had his best season with the bat, although his BB:K ratio got even worse.  The Padres called him up in mid-September to serve as bench depth.  He caught only four innings. This was one of a series of puzzling waiver claims by the Pirates over the last couple years, several of them being catchers.  In 2011, they claimed Matt Pagnozzi late in the season, played him briefly, then waived him.  They then claimed Brian Jeroloman only to waive him three days later.  Solis has played very little above AA, so he won’t be of any use at the major league level in 2013.  There’s nothing in his track record to suggest that he’s more than organizational depth.  It could be he’ll remain on the roster only briefly, as did Pagnozzi and Jeroloman, but it remains difficult to understand the point of claiming him. STATS Baseball Reference–Majors Baseball Reference–Minors Fangraphs MLB.com MiLB.com CONTRACT INFORMATION 2013: Major league minimum PLAYER INFORMATION Signing Bonus: N/A MiLB Debut: 2006 MLB Debut: 9/16/2012 MiLB FA Eligible: N/A MLB FA Eligible: 2015 Rule 5 Eligible: N/A Added to 40-Man: September 4, 2012 Options Remaining: 3 MLB Service Time: 0.000 TRANSACTIONS February 16, 2005: Signed by the San Diego Padres as an international free agent. September 4, 2012: Contract purchased by the San Diego Padres. October 25, 2012: Claimed off waivers by the Pittsburgh Pirates.
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