An all-American and team captain at Louisville, Solak has attracted multiple teams with his potential as an offensive second baseman. The Yankees drafted him in the second round in 2016; the Rays acquired him in a three-team, seven-player deal in February 2018 that sent Brandon Drury to New York and Steven Souza to Arizona; and the Rangers grabbed him last July in exchange for Peter Fairbanks. He played regularly for Texas in the final quarter of the season, moving between DH, third base and second while posting an .884 OPS with five homers in 33 games.
Solak entered pro ball with a reputation for making consistent line-drive contact and working walks from the right side of the plate, and he has cemented that with his performance in four years in the Minors. But after going deep just five times in three years at Louisville, he has boosted his home run output from 12 to 19 to 32 in three full pro seasons. While he puts a lot of balls on the ground to take advantage of his plus speed, he has blossomed into a legitimate power hitter and showed surprising pop to all fields in 2019.
Though Solak is athletic and quick, he doesn't have an obvious defensive home. He played mostly second base in the Minors, yet he lacks fluid middle-infield actions. He's a fringy defender there, as well as at third base (where he saw most of his action with Texas despite lacking the desired arm strength for the hot corner) and in the outfield.
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New York Yankees signed 2B Nick Solak.
2B Nick Solak assigned to Staten Island Yankees.
2B Nick Solak assigned to Tampa Yankees from Staten Island Yankees.
2B Nick Solak assigned to Trenton Thunder from Tampa Yankees.
New York Yankees invited non-roster 2B Nick Solak to spring training.
2B Nick Solak roster status changed by Tampa Bay Rays.
2B Nick Solak assigned to Montgomery Biscuits.
Arizona Diamondbacks Traded 3B Brandon Drury to New York Yankees; New York Yankees Traded Taylor Widener to Arizona Diamondbacks; New York Yankees Traded Nick Solak to Tampa Bay Rays; Tampa Bay Rays Traded RF Steven Souza Jr. to Arizona Diamondbacks and Arizona Diamondbacks Traded LHP Anthony Banda and Player To Be Named Later to Tampa Bay Rays.
2B Nick Solak assigned to Durham Bulls from Montgomery Biscuits.
2B Nick Solak assigned to Leones del Escogido.
Leones del Escogido placed 2B Nick Solak on the reserve list.
Tampa Bay Rays invited non-roster 2B Nick Solak to spring training.
2B Nick Solak assigned to Nashville Sounds.
Texas Rangers traded RHP Peter Fairbanks to Tampa Bay Rays for 2B Nick Solak.
Texas Rangers selected the contract of 2B Nick Solak from Nashville Sounds.