VIERA, Fla. -- Jhonatan Solano is one of seven catchers trying out to be Wilson Ramos' understudy. Solano knows what he has to do to make the team. Besides calling a good game behind the plate, he needs to be more consistent in the batter's box.
Last year was not a good one for Solano offensively. While playing for Triple-A Syracuse, Solano hit .214 without hitting for power. Solano played well defensively after he was promoted to the big club, but he didn't do much with the bat, going 7-for-48 (.146). Solano plans to change his mental approach to the game.
"I didn't have a lot of at-bats," Solano said. "To be honest, I put a lot of pressure on myself. I would play [once a week] or once every 10 days. When I played, I tried to do too much. That was the problem last year. This year… I'm going to enjoy the game. That's it."
Bill Ladson is a reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, All Nats All the time. He also could be found on Twitter @WashingNats. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.Less