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Poor pitching spoils a big offensive night as the Yankees drop rubber-match in Texas

A rough night for Yankees pitching spoiled another offensive outburst, as the Rangers picked up a 12-10 win on Wednesday night in Arlington. Wednesday also marks the first time that the Yankees have lost a series since they lost two out of three against the Red Sox at Fenway in early April. Despite the loss, the offense continues to roll. The Yankees totaled 14 hits and four home runs in the losing effort.

Yankees choose Nick Solak out of Louisville with second round pick

After using their first round pick on a high school prospect, the Yankees turned to the college realm in selecting infielder Nick Solak out of the University of Louisville. Solak has been a utility man in college playing both infield and outfield.
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The 5'11", 175-pound prospect has had a lot of success at the plate in college. He hit to a .351/.455/.464 slash line in 47 games in his freshman year, a .324/.416/.429 slash line in 65 games as a sophomore, and he slashed .380/.474/.576 in 45 games as a junior. He was struck by pitch on his hand causing him to miss some games this year.

His power is a developing tool as he only has 10 home runs in 157 career collegiate games, but he has stroked 34 doubles and swiped 36 bags across that span. He is viewed as having solid gap power as of now, and his quick hands and compact swing give him sneaky pop, but he is not expected to post a real power threat going forward.

Rankings on Solak were varied with Baseball America having him as the 86th ranked prospect while MLB.com had him at 147. Being taken at 62 overall, this may seem like the Yankees are reaching with this pick but it may be compensating money to ensure they are able to sign their first rounder Blake Rutherford.

Solak has drawn slight comparisons to current Yankee Rob Refsnyder with his versatility and above average hitting ability, while average to below average power and defensive tools. Still, Solak projects to be a serviceable major leaguer at some point. Here is what MLB.com had to say about him in their scouting report:
"He has a line-drive stroke and focuses on the middle of the field, an approach that leads to consistent contact but not much power. Once he gets on base, he has the solid speed and good instincts to make things happen … He has sure hands and his quickness gives him range, though he doesn’t have the smoothest infield actions and some scouts wonder if he might wind up in center field in pro ball. He receives praise for his gritty makeup."
Above all else, Solak and his college teammates seem to be excited about him being taken by the New York Yankees.

Article by: Chad Raines
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