May 25, 2012 - New York-Penn League (NYPL) - State College Spikes
(STATE COLLEGE, PA) - 2006 State College Spikes infielder Donovan Solano became the 13th player to go from State College all the way to Major League Baseball when he made his debut with the Miami Marlins on Monday. Solano has made a trio of pinch-hitting appearances thus far for the Marlins, and produced his first career Major League hit on Tuesday against Colorado.
Solano got the call-up from Triple-A New Orleans on Sunday, and saw his first action with the Marlins as a ninth-inning defensive replacement at second base on Monday. The Baranquilla, Colombia native has pinch-hit in the pitcher's spot over each of the Marlins' last three games, going 2-for-3 at the plate during that span.
The St. Louis Cardinals signed Solano as a non-drafted free agent in 2005, after which he spent time at Rookie-level Johnson City and Short-Season Single-A New Jersey. Solano then came to State College in 2006 at just 18 years of age, and hit .282 with two doubles and 13 RBI in 44 games split between second base, shortstop and third base. After advancing through the Cardinals' system, Solano signed with the Marlins as a free agent on November 22, 2011.
Solano is the ninth player from the 2006 Spikes, the inaugural edition of the club, to reach the ranks of Major League Baseball. Teammates David Carpenter, Allen Craig, Mark Hamilton, Brendan Ryan, Luke Gregerson, Jason Motte, Adam Ottavino and P.J. Walters have also seen Major League action.
Four other former Spikes have entered the Major Leagues with the Pittsburgh Pirates. Chase d'Arnaud (2008), Matt Hague (2008), Daniel Moskos (2007), and Tony Watson (2007) have each started their Major League careers within the past three seasons.
In addition to representing the Spikes in the big leagues, Solano is also the 12th player from Colombia to play Major League Baseball. The South American nation has also produced longtime Major Leaguer Orlando Cabrera and five-time All-Star Edgar Renteria.
The "Road to the Show" starts for the 2012 Spikes on Monday, June 18, when they visit the Williamsport Crosscutters (Philadelphia Phillies affiliate) at Historic Bowman Field. The Home Opener at Medlar Field at Lubrano Park is set for Tuesday, June 19 against Williamsport.
Single-game tickets for the Home Opener, as well as all 38 home dates during the 2012 season,are available through the Spikes Box Office and online 24 hours a day at StateCollegeSpikes.com. Box Officewindows and phone lines (814-272-1711or 877-99-SPIKES) are open weekdays from9 a.m. to 5 p.m. andSaturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.Ticket prices are $12 for Diamond Club, $10 for Field Box, $8 for Bullpen Box and $6 for Outfield Bleacher seats. Children 12 and under and Seniors 65 and over receive a season-long $1 per ticket discount off single-game prices, excluding the Diamond Club.
To learn more about Spikes tickets, including an array of group and other hospitality options, promotions, game schedules and other team news and information fans can visitwww.statecollegespikes.com.