Just as we all predicted, we’re nearly two weeks into the season and Donovan Solano has been one of the best players in baseball.
The San Francisco Giants journeyman-turned-apparent-star has been the eighth-best hitter in baseball, per Fangraphs, and ranks 13th in Wins Above Replacement for position players. He and Mike Yastrzemski have been the two biggest reasons to watch the Giants this year. Check that, he and Mike Yastrzemski have been the only reasons to watch the Giants this year.
Entering Wednesday’s game, the man they apparently call Donnie Barrels — a new, team-given nickname, it seems — is hitting .457/.474/.657. If slash lines aren’t really your thing, that’s 16-35, with 4 doubles, 1 home run, 2 walks, 5 strikeouts, and 13 RBI. Yeesh.
And so we have the newest Giants T-shirt from BreakingT, commemorating a nickname that we didn’t know we needed for a talent that we didn’t know we had.
Donnie Barrels, baby.