Nick Solak
Nick Solak
25-Year-Old DHDH
Texas Rangers
2020 Fantasy Outlook
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. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a contract with the Yankees in June of 2016 that includes a $950,000 signing bonus. Traded to the Rays in February of 2018.
Starts in LF
DHTexas Rangers
July 11, 2020
Solak started in left field and went 2-for-3 in Friday's intrasquad game, T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com reports. He's 7-for-20 during intrasquad play.
ANALYSIS
Look at any position on the Rangers' depth chart and you'll find Solak's name, many of which he's the top backup. Rangers manager Chris Woodward wants to find an everyday spot for his bat, but he's blocked at his best positions -- second and third base. The latest project is to have him get time at first base.
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Batting Order Slot Breakdown
vs Right-Handed Pitchers
vs RHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
7
5
3
1
vs Left-Handed Pitchers
vs LHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
10
3
3
Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2017
 
 
+43%
OPS vs LHP
2019
 
 
+43%
OPS vs LHP
2018
No Stats
2017
No Stats
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2017vs Left 1.078 55 8 3 8 1 .319 .418 .660
Since 2017vs Right .752 80 11 2 9 1 .275 .375 .377
2019vs Left 1.078 55 8 3 8 1 .319 .418 .660
2019vs Right .752 80 11 2 9 1 .275 .375 .377
2018vs Left 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2018vs Right 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2017vs Left 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2017vs Right 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2017
 
 
+8%
OPS at Home
2019
 
 
+8%
OPS at Home
2018
No Stats
2017
No Stats
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2017Home .910 74 13 3 9 2 .288 .365 .545
Since 2017Away .846 61 6 2 8 0 .300 .426 .420
2019Home .910 74 13 3 9 2 .288 .365 .545
2019Away .846 61 6 2 8 0 .300 .426 .420
2018Home 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2018Away 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2017Home 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2017Away 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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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
0.52
 
BB Rate
11.1%
 
K Rate
21.5%
 
BABIP
.354
 
ISO
.198
 
AVG
.293
 
OBP
.393
 
SLG
.491
 
OPS
.884
 
wOBA
.387
 
Exit Velocity
88.3 mph
 
Hard Hit Rate
28.7%
 
Barrels/PA
5.9%
 
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Recent RotoWire Articles Featuring Nick Solak
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11 days ago
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
2019
2018
2017
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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Getting work at first base
DHTexas Rangers
July 5, 2020
Solak has been working with coaches at first base, Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News reports.
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Looking for defensive home
DHTexas Rangers
July 2, 2020
The Rangers will give Solak another look during summer camp in an effort to find him a defensive home, T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com reports.
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Likely fill-in for Calhoun
DHTexas Rangers
March 10, 2020
Texas manager Chris Woodward said Solak would be the team's starting left fielder "if the season started today," Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News reports.
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Fills in for Calhoun
DHTexas Rangers
March 8, 2020
Solak entered Sunday's game in left field after Willie Calhoun (jaw) was hit by a pitch and forced to leave.
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Won't be primary center fielder
DHTexas Rangers
March 4, 2020
Solak looks fine in center field but won't be the Rangers' primary option there, at least early in the season, T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com reports.
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