Nick Solak

Nick Solak

26-Year-Old Second Baseman2B
Texas Rangers
2021 Fantasy Outlook
Solak had some buzz last offseason as a positionless player with a promising bat. He was an above-average hitter at every stop of his career, including his 33-game MLB debut in 2019. Those who bought into the hype wound up disappointed, as he hit just two homers while slashing .268/.326/.344. He did at least salvage a small amount of fantasy value with a respectable seven steals, but he gave very little reason to be excited about him going forward. Small-sample caveats apply here, but Solak's .264 xBA indicates his struggles weren't due to bad luck. There's still some sleeper value here if Solak reverts to previous form, but he'll have to bounce back quite a bit to be worthy of regular at-bats given his poor defense. He might not clear the offensive bar necessary to be a DH, though the rebuilding Rangers could let him work through his defensive struggles in game action again this year. Read Past Outlooks
RANKSFrom Preseason
#174
ADP
$Signed a $950,000 contract with the Yankees in June of 2016. Traded to the Rays in February of 2018.
Takes seat Wednesday
2BTexas Rangers
September 29, 2021
Solak is out of the lineup for Wednesday's game against the Angels.
ANALYSIS
Solak went 5-for-18 with three walks and a stolen base while starting in six of the last eight games, but he'll head to the bench Wednesday while Andy Ibanez gets a turn at the keystone.
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Batting Order Slot Breakdown
vs Right-Handed Pitchers
vs RHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
19
1
18
20
10
7
3
vs Left-Handed Pitchers
vs LHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
14
4
7
11
6
4
1
Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2019
 
 
+19%
OPS vs LHP
2021
 
 
+11%
OPS vs LHP
2020
 
 
+12%
OPS vs LHP
2019
 
 
+43%
OPS vs LHP
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2019vs Left .788 285 35 6 39 4 .289 .365 .423
Since 2019vs Right .661 580 67 12 48 11 .237 .308 .353
2021vs Left .729 158 17 3 21 0 .266 .354 .374
2021vs Right .654 353 40 8 28 7 .232 .296 .357
2020vs Left .705 72 10 0 10 3 .313 .347 .358
2020vs Right .628 147 16 2 11 3 .229 .299 .328
2019vs Left 1.078 55 8 3 8 1 .319 .418 .660
2019vs Right .752 80 11 2 9 1 .275 .375 .377
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2019
 
 
+11%
OPS at Home
2021
 
 
+13%
OPS at Home
2020
 
 
+3%
OPS at Home
2019
 
 
+8%
OPS at Home
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2019Home .743 429 49 9 50 9 .276 .347 .396
Since 2019Away .672 447 53 9 39 7 .238 .313 .358
2021Home .720 244 26 6 25 3 .266 .339 .381
2021Away .638 267 31 5 24 4 .221 .292 .346
2020Home .681 111 10 0 16 4 .289 .351 .330
2020Away .660 119 16 2 7 3 .248 .303 .358
2019Home .910 74 13 3 9 2 .288 .365 .545
2019Away .846 61 6 2 8 0 .300 .426 .420
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Stat Review
How does Nick Solak compare to other hitters?
This section compares his stats with all batting seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 400 plate appearances)*. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that stat and it would be considered average.

* Exit Velocity and Barrels/PA % are benchmarked against 2019 data (min 400 PA) and Hard Hit Rate is benchmarked against last season's data (min 400 PA). See here for more exit velocity/barrels stats plus an explanation of current limitations with that data set.
  • BB/K
    Walk to strikeout ratio
  • BB Rate
    The percentage of plate appearances resulting in a walk.
  • K Rate
    The percentage of plate appearances resulting in a strikeout.
  • BABIP
    Batting average on balls in play. Measures how many of a batter’s balls in play go for hits.
  • ISO
    Isolated Power. Slugging percentage minus batting average. A computation used to measure a batter's raw power.
  • AVG
    Batting average. Hits divided by at bats.
  • OBP
    On Base Percentage. A measure of how often a batters reaches base. Roughly equal to number of times on base divided by plate appearances.
  • SLG
    Slugging Percentage. A measure of the batting productivity of a hitter. It is calculated as total bases divided by at bats.
  • OPS
    On base plus slugging. THe sum of a batter's on-base percentage and slugging percentage.
  • wOBA
    Weighted on-base average. Measures a player's overall offensive contributions per plate appearance. wOBA combines all the different aspects of hitting into one metric, weighting each of them in proportion to their actual run value.
  • Exit Velocity
    The speed of the baseball as it comes off the bat, immediately after a batter makes contact.
  • Hard Hit Rate
    A measure of contact quality from Sports Info Solutions. This stat explains what percentage of batted balls were hit hard vs. medium or soft.
  • Barrels/PA
    The percentage of plate appearances where a batter had a batted ball classified as a Barrel. A Barrel is a batted ball with similar exit velocity and launch angle to past ones that led to a minimum .500 batting average and 1.500 slugging percentage.
BB/K
0.32
 
BB Rate
6.7%
 
K Rate
20.9%
 
BABIP
.292
 
ISO
.120
 
AVG
.242
 
OBP
.314
 
SLG
.362
 
OPS
.677
 
wOBA
.304
 
Exit Velocity
80.3 mph
 
Hard Hit Rate
29.9%
 
Barrels/PA
5.1%
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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With perhaps the best organizational depth in baseball, the Rays decided to trade some blocked position players for impact relievers, which led to Solak getting dealt to Texas in July for hard-throwing righty Peter Fairbanks. He lacks a standout tool, but is a solid hitter with above-average power, above-average speed and good plate skills. Solak went on a tear after the trade (145 wRC+ in the Pacific Coast League) and earned an August promotion. He was not fazed by MLB pitching, logging a 126 wRC+, 11.1 BB% and 21.5 K%. While not a great defender, he is capable of moving around -- he saw time at second and third and is capable of playing left, but will enter the year as UTIL-only in most formats since he got more starts at DH (17) than any other position. He should add at least third base eligibility in season and should be given a chance to play every day out of the gate.
Oddly enough, last offseason's three-team trade that sent Solak from the Yankees to the Rays actually resulted in him being more blocked. The Rays just have so many players at the big-league level and the upper levels of their farm system that are capable of playing the positions Solak plays (second base, left field, center field). That's not to say he does not have the talent to win a regular spot somewhere on the field in a year. He was the best hitter in the Southern League (140 wRC+) while ranking fourth in HR (19), fifth in SB (21) and eighth in BB/K (0.61). His fast bat generates above-average power, mostly to the pull side, and last year he got better at putting his plus speed to work on the bases (career-high 27 SB attempts). Solak has the upside to replicate Ian Kinsler's peak production, but if he falls just a little bit short of that, he may end up being treated like a super-utility player on a loaded Rays roster. He should debut in early 2020.
As a second baseman with a plus hit tool, Solak should offer a relatively high floor. He made a significant jump from short-season ball in 2016 to High-A last season and was still one of the Florida State League's best hitters. Solak ranked third in batting average (.301), second in OBP (.397) and third in SLG (.460), which oversells his power potential. He was so much better equipped than the typical pitcher at High-A, that he was able to play over his head. Double-A pitchers were much more willing to challenge him, and his walk rate dipped from 13.1 percent to 7.6 percent. His ISO also dropped from .159 to a more representative .143. There are plenty of teams that could use a second baseman who hits .285 or .290 with 15 home runs, a handful of steals and a solid OBP, but that probably won't be enough for him to crack the Yankees' lineup anytime soon. A trade would be welcomed, but for now he will continue to challenge for batting titles in the upper levels of the minors.
A polished college bat out of Louisville, the 21-year-old Solak did plenty of damage for Staten Island in the short-season New York-Penn League during his brief time in the minors following the draft. The second baseman hit .321 with a .412 on-base percentage. Solak tallied almost as many walks (30) as strikeouts (39). He also swiped eight bases in 64 games. Solak does not project to hit for much power, possessing more of a line drive stroke. Solak also may end up playing center field, though no determination has been made on where he will ultimately end up on the diamond. A second-round selection in last year's draft, the Yankees will likely be bullish with Solak, as he should begin the season at Low-A with a chance to advance rapidly should he get off to a hot start.
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On base three times in win
2BTexas Rangers
September 24, 2021
Solak went 2-for-4 with a double, a walk, an RBI and a stolen base in Friday's 8-5 win over Baltimore.
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Takes seat Wednesday
2BTexas Rangers
September 22, 2021
Solak is out of the lineup for Wednesday's game against the Yankees.
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On base three times in win
2BTexas Rangers
September 8, 2021
Solak went 2-for-3 with a walk, an RBI, a stolen base and two runs scored in Wednesday's 8-5 win over Arizona.
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Homers in win
2BTexas Rangers
August 31, 2021
Solak went 1-for-4 with a two-run homer in Monday's 4-3 win over the Rockies.
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Picks up fourth straight start
2BTexas Rangers
August 29, 2021
Solak will start at second base and sixth Sunday against the Astros.
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