Jhonatan Solano

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Jhonatan Solano
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Solano playing for the Washington Nationals
Free agent
Born: (1985-08-12) August 12, 1985 (age 35)
Barranquilla, Colombia
Bats: Right Throws: Right
MLB debut
May 29, 2012, for the Washington Nationals
MLB statistics
(through 2015 season)
Batting average.184
Home runs2
Runs batted in10

Jhonatan Solano (born August 12, 1985) is a Colombian professional baseball catcher who is a free agent. He has played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Washington Nationals and Miami Marlins. He made his MLB debut in 2012.


Washington Nationals[edit]

Solano signed with the Washington Nationals as an international free agent in 2006. He spent the next six seasons working his way up the Nationals' farm system. After spending the 2011 season with the Syracuse Chiefs, the Nationals added Solano to their 40-man roster after the season to protect him from the Rule 5 draft.

On May 29, 2012, Solano was called up to the majors by the Nationals after Wilson Ramos tore his ACL and could miss the rest of the 2012 season. On that same day, Solano got his first major league hit, a double, on his first at bat, against his brother Donovan's team, the Miami Marlins. About two weeks later, on June 12, he hit the first home run of his major league career against the Toronto Blue Jays[1] On July 19, the Nationals placed Solano on the 15-day disabled list with an oblique injury.

The Nationals recalled Solano from the Triple-A Syracuse Chiefs on May 16, 2013, when Ramos went on the disabled list.[2]

Solano was released by the Washington Nationals on November 18, 2014.

Miami Marlins[edit]

Solano with the New Orleans Zephyrs

Solano signed a minor league deal with the Miami Marlins on December 9, 2014. He was designated for assignment on June 5, 2015.[3] He was called back up by the Marlins on June 18 and designated for assignment again two days later.

Second stint with the Washington Nationals[edit]

On December 22, 2015, Solano signed a minor league deal with the Nationals. Catching for the Class-AAA Syracuse Chiefs, Solano set a new club record for number of games caught for the Syracuse team.[4]

He had his contract purchased on April 7, 2018, but was assigned to the disabled list with bone chips in his elbow days later without appearing in a game.[5] He became a free agent after the 2018 season.

St. Paul Saints[edit]

On July 3, 2019, Solano signed with the St. Paul Saints of the independent American Association.[6] He was released on August 10, 2019.

International career[edit]

He was a member of Team Colombia in the 2017 World Baseball Classic, along with his brother Donovan.[7] Solano was went 2 for 8 but Columbia was eliminated in the first round.[8]


His brother, Donovan Solano, plays for the San Francisco Giants and also made his debut in 2012.[7] He attended high school at Colegio Americano de Barranquilla in Barranquilla, Colombia.[7]


  1. ^ Kilgore, Adam (May 29, 2012). "Jhonatan Solano greets his brother Donovan Solano in the majors with their parents watching". Washington Post. Retrieved February 18, 2014.
  2. ^ Comak, Amanda (May 16, 2013). "Nationals place Wilson Ramos on the disabled list, recall Jhonatan Solano". Washihngton Times. Archived from the original on May 17, 2013. Retrieved May 16, 2013.
  3. ^ Gitlin, Marty (June 5, 2015). "Marlins activate C Jeff Mathis, DFA Jhonatan Solano". fantasynews.cbssports.com. Retrieved June 5, 2015.
  4. ^ Kramer, Lindsay (April 16, 2018). "Long-time Syracuse Chiefs catcher to miss a big chunk of the season". Syracuse.com. Retrieved April 16, 2018.
  5. ^ "Nationals add right-hander Hellickson to start against Mets". The Washington Post. April 16, 2018. Retrieved April 16, 2018.
  6. ^ "SAINTS SIGN FORMER MAJOR LEAGUE CATCHER JHONATAN SOLONO". saintsbaseball.com. July 3, 2019. Retrieved November 6, 2020.
  7. ^ a b c "Solano Brothers Playing for Team Columbia in WBC". sun-sentinel.com. March 12, 2017. Retrieved November 6, 2020.
  8. ^ "Dominican Republic holds off Colombia in 11 innings to advance". miamiherald.com. March 12, 2017. Retrieved November 6, 2020.

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